Pro Vice Chancellor and Vice President: Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences
Professor Pal Ahluwalia holds a Bachelor and Master of Arts from the University of Saskatchewan, and completed his PhD at Flinders University. His recent positions include the Reader and Head of the Politics Department at the University of Adelaide, Visiting Professor with UC Berkeley, Professor with the Goldsmiths College at the University of London, where he was also Director of the Centre for Postcolonial Studies, and Professor of the Politics Discipline at the University of Adelaide.
His main research interests lie in the areas of African studies, social and cultural theory, in particular, post-colonial theory and the processes of diaspora, exile, migration, and the complexities of identity formation. His work is internationally renowned for breaking down disciplinary boundaries and challenging orthodoxy.
Pal is a prolific publisher, both in terms of volume and prestige. He is the sole author of three books, Politics and Post-colonial Theory: African Inflections; Post-colonialism and the Politics of Kenya; and Plantations and the Politics of Sugar in Uganda. He is also working on a fourth book titled Out Of Africa: Post-structuralism's Colonial Roots to be published in 2008. He has been editor or co-editor of a number of journals, including three Routledge journals, Social Identities, African Identities and Sikh Formations.
On 14 October 2008, Professor Ahluwalia was appointed a UNESCO Chair
in Transnational Diasporas and Reconciliation Studies.
The aim of the Chair is to promote and emphasise research in the areas of transnational diasporas and reconciliation studies. This will be accomplished by holding masterclasses, workshops and conferences, and inviting international scholars especially from the post-colonial world. These activities are aimed most specifically at capacity building and the facilitation of the exchange of knowledge. The UNESCO Chair in Transnational Diasporas and Reconciliation Studies will complement UNESCO's work in the field of social transformations and will provide a valuable contribution to international dialogue and policy development on international migration and social integration.