Dr Mairi Neeves

Staff details

Position Lecturer
Email m.neeves (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7717 2989
Dr Mairi Neeves

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons), English Language and Literature (King's College, London, 2002)
  • MA, National and International Literatures in English (Institute of English Studies, University of London, 2003)
  • PhD, 'The Negotiation of Trauma in Postcolonial Culture' (Goldsmiths, 2009)



  • Postcolonial Literature (2006-13, course convenor 2013-15)
  • Short Story (2007-9)
  • Explorations in Literature (2006-7)
  • Effective Academic Writing (2006-8)


  • Postcolonial Fiction: Theory and Practice (2011-15)

University of London International Programme

  • Approaches to Text (2012-15)
  • Postcolonial literature (2012-15)

Featured work

Television and video output

  • C.S. Lewis: In a Time of War (42 min, 2013)
  • 58 - The Film, (assistant director/producer), feature length documentary on extreme global poverty (2011)
  • Hidden From View [Trailer], (co-director/producer), 28 mins, documentary on Apartheid in Israel/Palestine (2007)
  • We are all Rwandans (production manager), 25 mins (2008), Winner of Best World Cinema Short, Phoenix International Film Festival 2008

Papers presented

  • 'Representing Rwanda in film', Exploring the Edge of Trauma, Kingston University, Surrey, 2010
  • 'The Pursuit of Selfhood: Writing the Absurd in Palestinian Autobiography', Spirit of the Age Life- Writing, Kingston University, Surrey, 2007
  • 'Resisting healing: Mourid Barghouti and the Postcolonial Trauma of Dislocation', NEMLA conference, Baltimore, USA, 2007
  • 'Gil Courtemanche’s Rwanda and the Trouble with Surviving', Survivals Conference, Cardiff University, 2005

Research Interests

Postcolonialism; Trauma Studies, Life-writing; Middle Eastern Literature; Apartheid in Literature from South Africa and Israel


Book Section

Neeves, Mairi . 2009. 'The Pursuit of Selfhood: Writing the Absurd in Palestinian Autobiography'. In: Meg Jensen and Jane Jordan, eds. Life Writing: The Spirit of the Age and the State of the Art. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 52-63. ISBN 978-1443805261


Neeves, Mairi . 2008. 'Apartheid Haunts: Postcolonial Trauma in Lisa Fugard’s Skinner’s Drift'. Studies in the Novel, 40(1-2), pp. 108-126. ISSN 0039-3827


Neeves, Mairi Emma . 2009. The Negotiation of Trauma in Postcolonial Culture. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London