Dr Josie Gill

BA (Sheffield), MA (Nottingham), PhD (Cantab)

  • BS8 1TB


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Personal profile

Research interests

My research focuses on contemporary literature, in particular on Black British, Caribbean and African American writing. I am interested in where and how literary and scientific ideas intersect with regard to questions of race. This interest has taken several forms: My book Biofictions: Race, Genetics and the Contemporary Novel (2020) explores how the contemporary novel has drawn upon and intervened in debates about race in late 20th and 21st century genetic science.  From 2016-2017 I was Principal Investigator of the AHRC funded project 'Literary Archaeology': Exploring the Lived Environment of the Slave, which brought together archaeological scientists, creative writers and literary scholars to develop a new, interdisciplinary approach to the study of the lives of enslaved people.  I’m also interested in how the current movement to decolonise universities might impact upon interdisciplinarity research and collaboration. I am Principal Investigator of the Wellcome Trust funded project 'Black Health and the Humanities' (2020-2022) located at the Centre for Black Humanities.


Black British writing; contemporary British fiction; genetics and literature; epigenetics, slavery and race; postcolonial literature and theory; racial science and medicine; science writing; historical fiction; African American literature.

I would welcome enquiries from students interested in pursuing doctoral work on Black British writing, contemporary literature or literature and science.





Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Centre for Black Humanities
  • Centre for Humanities Health and Science
  • Migration Mobilities Bristol

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Research Output

Biofictions: Race, Genetics and the Contemporary Novel

Gill, J., 20 Feb 2020, Bloomsbury Academic. (Explorations in Science and Literature)

Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book

  • Racial Science and the Neo-Victorian Novel

    Gill, J., 2019, (In preparation) Palgrave Handbooks on Literature and Science on Twentieth/Twenty-First Century Literature and Science..

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

    Writing Remains: New Intersections in Archaeology and Literature

    Gill, J., 2019, (In preparation) Bloomsbury Academic.

    Research output: Book/ReportEdited book


    UCL STS seminar

    Josie Gill (Participant)

    20 Feb 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    Historical Fictions Research Conference

    Josie Gill (Participant)

    22 Feb 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    Experience and the Past

    Josie Gill (Participant)

    19 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course