Dr Josie Gill

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

  • BS8 1TB

20132020

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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. Since September 2018 I have been Director of the Centre for Black Humanities.

Keywords

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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Projects

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

    Activities

    Historical Fictions Research Conference

    Josie Gill (Participant)

    22 Feb 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    Global Genetic Fictions

    Josie Gill (Participant)

    24 Apr 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    Biological Perspectives in 21st Century Literature and Performance

    Josie Gill (Speaker)

    7 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic talk, debate, discussion