About the network

The Leverhulme-funded network, ‘Planned Violence: Post/colonial Urban Infrastructures and Literature’, will explore the shifting relationship between urban planning, violence and literary representation from colonial into postcolonial times. The network is based in the English Faculty at the University of Oxford.The project will examine the complex role of literature in theorizing the city: how contemporary patterns of violence are embedded within urban stories of the past, and how narrative complicates official histories of post-imperial, multicultural London, and postcolonial Delhi and Johannesburg.

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The network brings the insights of critical geographers and historians into dialogue with cultural and literary critics, identifying literary texts as key to interrogating current theoretical debates on space and social control.

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Croydon Riots, 2011

Croydon Riots, 2011