Dr Catherine Gilbert

Mellon-Sawyer Junior Research Fellow

Dr Catherine Gilbert

PhD Notts, MA McGill, BA Notts

Catherine Gilbert is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on the Mellon-Sawyer Seminar Series 2017-2018, ‘Post-War: Commemoration, Reconstruction, Reconciliation’. She is also a Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellow of Harris Manchester College.

Catherine obtained her PhD in French and Francophone Studies from the University of Nottingham in 2014, where she then held a one-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, working on the AHRC-funded project ‘Building Images: Exploring 21st century Sino-African dynamics through cultural exchange and translation’. In 2015-2016 she was the Postdoctoral Research Officer in the new Centre for Postcolonial Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, and for the academic year 2016-2017 she was a Teaching Fellow in Comparative Literature and English at King’s College London.

Catherine’s research interests lie primarily in postcolonial African literatures and cultures, with a particular focus on cultural memory, trauma and narrative. Her PhD examined the testimonial literature of Rwandan women genocide survivors and a monograph based on her thesis, entitled From Surviving to Living: Voice, Trauma and Witness in Rwandan Women’s Writing, is forthcoming with the Presses universitaires de la Méditerranée (2018). She is currently developing a new project focusing on commemorative practices and cultural responses to genocide in the Rwandan diaspora, working primarily with communities based in the UK and Belgium.

Catherine’s publications include articles in the journals Dialogues Francophones and Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies, as well as chapters in the edited volumes The Unspeakable: Representations of Trauma in Francophone Literature and Art (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013) and Translating the Postcolonial in Multilingual Contexts (Pulm, 2017).

Catherine is also the Associate Editor for the interdisciplinary journal Francosphères, published biannually with Liverpool University Press.