Jonna Katto

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Description of research and teaching

In my current research project ("Multiscalar gendered temporalities in southeastern African history: Oral voices, lived and inherited pasts, and the deep testimony of time in language"), I study the relation between individual lived time and the longterm and large-scale time of conceptual history.

My focus is specifically on the deeper gendered histories of power among the Yaawo language communities in the cross-border region of present-day Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania in southeastern Africa.

This project proposes that examining different timescales side by side allows for more complex narratives about gender and power in African pasts and presents.

Education/Academic qualification

African Studies, PhD, University of Helsinki

1 Aug 201114 Mar 2017

Award Date: 14 Mar 2017

External positions

Research Affiliate, Ghent Univ, Ghent, Belgium

1 Feb 202131 Dec 2022

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, Ghent University

1 Feb 201931 Jan 2021

Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • Gender and Women’s History in Africa
  • History of Mozambique
  • Oral History Research
  • Oral Traditions
  • Life History
  • Sensory Aesthetics
  • War and Peace
  • Past in the Present
  • Precolonial Women of Spiritual and Political Authority
  • Mozambican Liberation Struggle
  • History of Cultural Memory
  • 6160 Other humanities
  • African Cultural Studies
  • Gender Studies

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.