Dr. Matthew Mead

Research Officer.
De Montfort University, Leicester
Photographic History Research Centre, Portland Building, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH
United Kingdom
+44 (0)116 257 7670


 Dr Matt Mead is Research Fellow in the Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities and joined DMU in 2011, after one year at the University of the Arts, London. He completed his doctoral thesis in 2010, working on an interdisciplinary approach to reading memory and uses of the past across contemporary literature, museum culture, historiography and critical theory.


Dr Mead's research is interdisciplinary in nature and contributes to various aspects of memory studies including uses of the past in contemporary literature, museum culture, collectors and collecting, photography, trauma studies and theorising around modalities of nostalgia. Much of this work is informed by postcolonial theory.


He has had articles published in The Journal of Postcolonial Writing and Kunapipi. He is currently developing a research project on the London Missionary Society's publications for children.


Research Interests:

Museum culture

Contemporary literature

Postcolonial theory

Trauma studies


Collectors and collecting


Memory studies


Research Interests: 

 Post-colonial literature, British multi-cultural memory practices


 2009. “Empire Windrush: The cultural memory of an imaginary arrival.”

The Journal of Postcolonial Writing 45.2: 137-149.

2007. “Empire Windrush: Cultural memory and archival disturbance.”

Moveable Type 3: 112-28.

<http://www.ucl.ac.uk/english/graduate/issue/3/pdf/ mead.pdf>.

2006. Rev. of Imagining London, by John Clement Ball, Postcolonial

London, by John Mcleod and Black British Literature, by Mark Stein.

Journal of Postcolonial Writing 42.1: 119-21.

2006. “Relay and Translation: An anglophone reads Patrick Chamoiseau’s

Texaco.”  Kunapipi 28.1: 47-58.

2005. Rev. of Guyana and the Caribbean: Reviews, Essays and

Interviews, by Frank Birbalsingh. Journal of Postcolonial Writing 41.1:


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