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Senior Lecturer, Japanese Studies, University of New England

Dr Gwyn McClelland is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics within the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. An oral historian, he conducts research engaging with religious discourses in memory and history. Interested in emotion in testimonial narration, he has explored how trauma studies intersects with feminist theology, with insights for memory studies. His PhD project, which resulted in a monograph published in 2020, discussed how the atomic bombing of Nagasaki marginalised an already discriminated-against community, the Catholics. Interviewing nine Catholic survivors of the bombing, Gwyn found that the ancestors of these interviewees were ‘Hidden Christians’, who had returned to Catholicism after two-hundred and fifty years of persecution by the shogunate. Gwyn is currently co-editing a book for a project in the area of Cultural Histories of Sense, tentatively entitled ‘Olfactory Cultures of Asia’. Other work includes a project on religious fundraising in history and another entitled ‘Loves and Loyalties in Imperial Japan’. Gwyn is preparing to launch new fieldwork in the boundaries of the Nagasaki region, which he intends to use in a comparative project in East Asia, most likely compared to Korea and China.

Gwyn is an Associate at the Contemporary Histories Research Group at Deakin University, Melbourne and is accredited in Theology at Whitley College, University of Divinity, Melbourne. In 2022 he was a Japan Foundation Fellow, a National Library of Australia Fellow, and an honorary affiliate of the University of Tokyo and of Sophia University, Tokyo.


  • 2020–present
    Lecturer, University of New England
  • 2014–2020
    Adjunct associate, Monash University


  • 2018 
    Monash University, PhD
  • 2009 
    University of Divinity, Melbourne, Masters of Divinity

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    National Library Australia Japan Study Grant
    Funding Source:
    National Library of Australia
  • 2015
    Research Training Program
    PhD candidate
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Oral History NSW