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Gareth Griffiths

Emeritus Professor, BA PhD Wales, FAHA

  • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 22 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
1992 …2018
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Personal profile


Educated at Cyfarthfa Castle Grammar School, Merthyr Tydfil and the University of Wales, Cardiff (Senior University Scholarship 1961). Retired 2013. Emeritus Professorship awarded September 2013.
Married with three sons.

Roles and responsibilities

Expertise in Post-colonial literature and theory, African English Literatures, Theatre and Drama.

Future research

Narrative and Mental Health

Literary engagements with race and gender issues in the enforcement of and opposition to apartheid in late 20th century South Africa

Funding overview

Most recent funding:
ARC Discovery Grant 2007-2009
ARC Discovery Grant 2007-10

Previous positions

Taught at the University of East Anglia 1967-72, University of Missouri 1972-3, Macquarie University, Sydney 1973-88, University of Western Australia 1989-2002, University at Albany, New York (SUNY Albany) 2002-4, University of Western Australia 2005-2013. Retired 2013.

Current projects

I have just completed editing a book with Professor Philip Mead on "The Social Role of Narrative: Human Rights and the Cultural Imaginary" that Ibidem and Columbia U.P. will release in 2017. I am beginning work on a similar edited book on Narrative and Mental Health Issues. I am also continuing work on the impact of the South African poet, novelist and critic Stephen Gray.


Narrative and Human Rights

Mission texts and colonial resistance

Textual Representation of Africa and Africans

The intersections of secular and sacral discourses and practices in the post-Enlightenment period and the implications of changes in these engagements for cultural, social and political practices in the 21st century.

Post-colonial theory and literature.

Issues of identity, culture and land.

Drama, Performance and Cultural representation


  • Postcolonial Theory
  • African Literature
  • Human Rights
  • Religion
  • Postcolonial Theatre
  • African literatures in English
  • Diasporic identities in the Afro-Asian contact zone
  • Mission texts and religion in postcolonial societies
  • Sacral/secular forces in transcultural exchanges
  • Postcolonial literature and theory

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protectorate Social Sciences
role conflict Social Sciences
Sierra Leone Social Sciences
missionary Social Sciences
secret society Social Sciences
governance Social Sciences
colonial government Social Sciences
homicide Social Sciences

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Research Output 1992 2018


Mead, P. & Griffiths, G., 2018, The Social Work of Narrative: Human Rights and the Cultural Imaginary. Griffiths, G. & Mead, P. (eds.). Germany: ibidem-Verlag, p. 365-375

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperForeword/postscript

The Social Work of Narrative: human rights and the cultural imaginary

Griffiths, G. & Mead, P., 2018, Germany: ibidem-Verlag.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited book/Anthology

Clothing the Borders Dress as a Signifier in Colonial and Post-Colonial Space

Griffiths, G., 2016, Postcolonial Gateways and Walls: Under Construction. Tunca, D. & Wilson, J. (eds.). Netherlands: Brill, p. 3-19 17 p. (Cross Cultures-Readings in Post Colonial Literatures and Cultures in English; vol. 195).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Conversion, Identity, and Resistance in Colonial and Postcolonial Spaces: The Writings of Tiyo Soga 1829-1871

Griffiths, G., 2015, The Future of Postcolonial Studies. Zabus, C. (ed.). New York: Routledge, p. 69-84

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Projects 1997 2011