Women & Gender Studies Institute

Kate Lahey

email : kate.lahey@mail.utoronto.ca

Kate Lahey is currently a PhD student at the Women & Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto. Kate completed her MA in War Studies at King’s College London, her MA in English at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and her BA in English and Sociology at York University. Kate’s research focuses on intergenerational trauma, sexual violence, memory, secrets and material culture in rural Newfoundland. Her research explores how intergenerational trauma reverberates through our memories, dreams, bodies and family relations as paradoxical legacies of both silence and deep psychic knowing. Asking how trauma might leak out beyond these silences through material objects, Kate is curious about what these leakages might tell us about resilience, belonging, queerness and resistance. Kate is interested in transnational feminist methodologies that engage with collaborative, creative and qualitative methods. With a keen interest in interdisciplinary and arts-based research, Kate engages critical epistemologies with a commitment to radical hope and social justice.

Beyond academia, Kate is a musician, writer, coach for Girls Rock NL, co-director of St. John’s Womxn in Music and board member of Union House Arts.