The term ‘postcolonial’ marks the historical passage of European colonial domination and national independence movements, and describes the contemporary condition of domination and struggle both in the new nations that emerged in the second half of the twentieth century and in Western metropolitan centres with their new populations. This course will examine recent configurations of postcolonialism as political and cultural practice, focusing on debates over globalization and cosmopolitanism, the status of refugees and migrants, and the role of the intellectual in bringing about social change.