Kate Lahey

PhD Student

Email: kate.lahey@mail.utoronto.ca
Office: NC WI 2023


Areas of Interest

  • Intergenerational trauma
  • material culture
  • memory
  • family secrets
  • incest


Kate Lahey is a PhD student at the Women & Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto. Kate’s research focuses on intergenerational trauma, sexual violence, memory, secrets and material culture in outport 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 and belonging. Kate is interested in autoethnographic methodologies that engage with collaborative, creative, land based and qualitative methods.  

Kate is a Newfoundlander, front woman of the band Weary, director, arts writer, board member of Girls Rock NL,  and co-director of St. John’s Womxn in Music. Kate’s band Weary has been nominated for two MusicNL awards and performed at the East Coast Music Awards (2019), Flourish Festival (2019), Bloom Fest (2019), Lawnya Vawnya Festival of Independent Arts (2018), Halifax Pop Explosion (2018), and MusicNL Week (2018). Kate’s work with St. John’s Womxn in Music includes offering music based programming to the Women’s Correction Centre in Clarenville, First Light (St. John’s Native Friendship Centre), Safe Harbour Outreach Program, Marguerite’s Place and the St. John’s Women’s Centre.  

Program: PhD, 2017


MA, King’s College London: War Studies 

MA, Memorial University of Newfoundland: English,

BA, York University: English and Sociology


Supervisor: Dina Georgis


“Making Secrets: Intergenerational Trauma, Shame and Material Cultures in Outport Newfoundland”, Folklore Studies Association of Canada Conference, St. John’s, Newfoundland, May 21 – June 2, 2019.

“The Impossibility of a Future in the Absence of a Past: Drifting in the In-Between”, co-presented with Dr. Sonja Boon, Philosophia: A Society for Continental Feminism, May 9 – May 11, 2019.

“In-Between-ness: Intimacy, Encounters and Affects”, WGSRF, Calgary, Alberta, May 28 – June 3, 2016.

Selected Publications

“With a Soft Gaze: Hazel May Eckert’s Over Time”, Peripheral Review, April 2019.  

“All These In-Betweens: Logan Macdonald”, Visual Arts News, Summer 2019.  

“Nelson White: Kinship and Reclamation Beyond the Artist Residency”, Visual Arts News, Spring 2019.  

“Loving the Land that Created Me: Billy Gauthier’s Saunituinnaulungitotluni | Beyond Bone”, Visual Arts News, Fall 2019.  

“The Impossibility of a Future in the Absence of a Past: Drifting in the In-Between”, co-authored with Dr. Sonja Boon, Atlantic: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture and Social Justice, Fall 2019.  

Honours and Awards

2017 - 2019

U of T Fellowship – Tuition Award

U of T Fellowship – Stipend Awards


WGSI Admission Award


WGSRF Graduate Essay Prize Nominee