Newcastle University Academic Track Fellowships NUAcT

Catherine Gilbert

Dr Catherine Gilbert

I started my NUAcT Fellowship in the School of Modern Languages in September 2020, after completing a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship at Ghent University, Belgium (2018-2020). My project, ‘Genocide Commemoration in the Rwandan Diaspora’, investigates the impact of place and displacement on commemorative practices within diasporic communities. More broadly, my research interests span postcolonial African literatures and cultures, with a particular focus on cultural memory, trauma and narrative. My first monograph, From Surviving to Living: Voice, Trauma and Witness in Rwandan Women’s Writing(Presses universitaires de la Méditerranée, 2018), which examines the published testimonies written by Rwandan women genocide survivors, received the SAGE Memory Studies Journal and Memory Studies Association Outstanding First Book Award in 2019.

I obtained my PhD in French and Francophone studies from the University of Nottingham in 2014. I have subsequently held postdoctoral research and teaching positions at the University of Nottingham; the School of Advanced Study, University of London; and King’s College London. From 2017 to 2018 I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford convening the Mellon-Sawyer Seminar Series ‘Post-War: Commemoration, Reconstruction, Reconciliation’. I recently co-edited, with Professor Kate McLoughlin and Dr Niall Munro, a volume developed from this series, On Commemoration: Global Reflections upon Remembering War (Peter Lang, 2020).

At Newcastle University, I am an active member of the Cultures of Memory and Postcolonial research groups and the Heritage NUCoRE. I am keen to make connections and build collaborations with people working on creative responses to conflict, violence and displacement, particularly across different diasporic communities. Please do get in touch at or follow me on Twitter @CathJGilbert.