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Students and young academics welcome!
GAPS is an organisation committed to intensive academic exchange in the field of Anglophone Postcolonial Studies – not only on the level of professors and professional scholars. It is among the central aims of the association to support young scholars in their studies of postcolonial literature, cultures and theory and to establish Postcolonial Studies as a regular feature of Anglophone research and teaching.
Consequently, the association encourages young academics to join GAPS and participate in the academic exchange that the association fosters. At its conferences, GAPS provides students and young academics with the opportunity to find out more about Anglophone postcolonial literatures and cultures and to enter into an active dialogue with scholars and authors from the field. In addition, GAPS offers information and support to students who are interested in the field or plan a thesis or dissertation in Anglophone Postcolonial Studies.
Students and doctoral candidates who are pursuing postcolonial studies can become full members of the association at reduced rates; they are welcome at our annual conferences; and they are represented on the GAPS board. Being a member of GAPS means being part of a lively academic network which is likely to complement and enrich your studies in many ways, not only if you are planning an academic career.
GAPS events for young academics
In order to foster the exchange with like-minded peers, GAPS supports recurrent events such as the biannual GAPS Summer School and the annual young scholars conference of the Postgraduate Forum "Postcolonial Narrations".
Every two years, GAPS students organize the GAPS Summer School on postcolonial literatures in English. GAPS provides organisational and financial support and connects the organisers with academic specialists for lectures and seminars. At the Summer School, authors and academics give students an insight into the cultural and literary variety of their field of study. Students also earn credit points (ECTS) towards their degrees.
The Postgraduate Forum "Postcolonial Narrations" aims to bring together young scholars and PhD candidates from Germany and beyond who are working in the field of postcolonial literatures and cultures. It provides a platform for young researchers to foster exchange and stimulate discussions of their research topics. With the support of GAPS, the postgraduate forum organises a yearly conference at which participants discuss their ideas and current projects with fellow young academics.
Contact person for students and student representative on the GAPS board:
Information Sheet for students: [pdf]