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Miss Katie Mcquaid

Post:Associate Tutor (Anthropology)
Location:ARTS C
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In 2007 Katie received an MA in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh, which is where her fascination with anthropology began. Since completing an MA in the Anthropology of Conflict, Violence and Conciliation at the University of Sussex in 2008 she has focused upon the ways in which refugees experience, imagine and articulate protracted violence and conflict.

Upon being awarded an Economic and Social Research Council (UK) scholarship in 2009 she has completed an MSc in Cross-Cultural and Comparative Research Methods (Development Studies) (2010) and has been working on her degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Sussex.

Between January 2011 and October 2012 Katie conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Uganda - amongst urban refugees in Kampala and encamped refugees across the  settlements of Kyaka II, Nakivale and Kyangwali. She worked with Refugee Law Project during her time in Uganda.

Katie submitted her thesis entitled 'Another War': Stories of Violence, Humanitarianism and Human Rights amongst Congolese Refugees in September 2014.

Katie moved to the University of Leeds in September 2014 where she is now a Research Fellow on the AHRC's INTERSECTION project focusing on intergenerational justice. She will be returning to Uganda for fieldwork in January 2015.


Doctoral researcher

Associate Tutor


Current          DPhil Social Anthropology, University of Sussex

2009-2010      MSc Cross-Cultural and Comparative Research Methods, University of Sussex

2007-2008      MA Anthropology of Conflict, Violence and Conciliation, University of Sussex

2003-2007      MA Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh




Published peer reviewed article: McQuaid, K. (2014) Violent Continuities: Telling stories of one sexual minority life in the African Great Lakes region. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. Published ahead-of-print online 15 April 2014.  

McQuaid, K. 'We raise up the voice of the voiceless': Voice, rights and resistance amongst Congolese Human Rights Defenders in Uganda. Accepted for publication by Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford for a Special Issue on ‘Refugee Voices,’ journal to be confirmed.

Academic Activities

Katie was a member of the Postgraduate Committee of the Sussex Africa Centre (2013-2014).

Katie was a Panel Member of NGender, a gender and sexuality research-related seminar series, organised at the University of Sussex (2013-2014).

During her fieldwork Katie was affiliated to Uganda's Refugee Law Project as a Research Associate with their Research and Advocacy Department (2011-2012).

Peer Reviewer for Popular Anthropology (2013).



2014 (September) '“Sexual violence is not only on the body”: Ethnography and the challenges of researching sexual and gender-based violence in the DRC', ASA UK. Conference paper.

(June) 'The 'Human' in Human Rights: Affective rights work amongst Congolese human rights defenders', Sensing War: International Interdisciplinary Conference, London. Conference paper.

(April) 'Violence, humanitarianism and rights: Storytelling amongst Congolese refugees in Uganda', DPhil Lecture Series, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex. Lecture.

(March) '“What about us?”: Sexual minorities within Uganda’s refugee communities', 'Emerging Research Landscapes - into Public Space', Sussex Africa Centre, University of Sussex. Photographic exhibition.

(March) '"We raise up the voice of the voiceless”: Voice, rights and resistance amongst Congolese Human Rights Defenders in Uganda', Refugee Voices: Refugee Studies Centre International Conference, University of Oxford. Conference paper.

2013 (November): 'The Human in Human Rights: Congolese Human Rights Defenders in Uganda', Conflict, Violence and Development Cluster Seminar Series, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex, UK. Invited seminar paper.

(October): 'Strains of Silence: (Gender and Sexual-Based) Violence under the Ethnographic Lens', Rethinking Sexual and Gendered Violence in War and Peace Workshop, University of Sussex, UK. Invited workshop paper.

(August): '"We fled to the country of asylum, but it is like we have entered another war": Narrating and Belonging to Crisis amongst Congolese Refugees in Uganda', 4th Bi-annual PACSA Conference, "Crisis and Conflict", Copenhagen, Denmark. Conference paper.

(June): '"In refugee life, two elephants are fighting, a mosquito is dying”: Negotiating and reclaiming the multiple truths in asylum amongst Congolese refugees in Uganda', Multiple Truths in Asylum Symposium, African Centre for Migration and Society, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Symposium paper.

(April): 'Caught in the Middle: Mediating Intermediaries in Two Cases of Ethnographic Fieldwork with Vulnerable People', Conference Paper with Ross Wignall, London Centre for Social Studies PhD Conference: Methodological Choices and Challenges, London, UK. 

(March): ‘"Even me, my story is very bad": Refugee Women’s Experiences of State, Military and Generalised Violence in the DRC', International Women’s Week: A Spotlight on State and Military Violence against Women Workshop, University of Sussex, UK. Lecture.

2012 (October) 'Violence, humanitarianism and rights: Reflections from ethnographic fieldwork with Congolese refugees in Kampala, Kyangwali, Kyaka II and Nakivale'. Full Staff Briefing. Refugee Law Project, Kampala, Uganda                                                         

2011 (July): 'Structures of Suffering amongst Congolese Refugees: Lives as lived, experienced and told', panel: 'Thinking outside the ‘victim’ box: reflexions on the agency of forced migrants in Africa', International Association for the Study of Forced Migration 13th Conference, Kampala, Uganda. Conference paper.

(July) "Refugees as human rights defenders: Can they protect or do they need protecting?", Pambazuka News, Issue 541, July 2011.