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Postdoctoral researcher, Ghent University

Jonna Katto is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellow in African Studies at Ghent University. She obtained her PhD from the University of Helsinki in 2017. Her first book, Women’s Lived Landscapes of War and Liberation in Mozambique: Bodily Memory and the Gendered Aesthetics of Belonging (2019), appeared in the Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Africa series. She has also written on emotions in history-telling and the sensory aesthetics of food memories. Her current research project focuses on time and change in African gender history, and especially on the ways that the deeper past echoes and is reworked in oral history encounters in the present. In addition to her academic writing, she published a dual-language (Portuguese and English) popular monograph, Grandma was a Guerilla Fighter: Memories of the Liberation Struggle in Niassa, Northern Mozambique.


  • –present
    Postdoctoral fellow, University of Ghent