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Biography

Laura Gibson gained her PhD in Digital Humanities from King’s College London in 2018 with a thesis that investigates decolonising cultural heritage in the digital age, with a specific focus on South African museums. Her research on decolonisation and digitisation is informed by several years working in South African museums, including as Collections and Digitisation Manager at the Luthuli Museum national legacy project. Laura’s current research, funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, considers issues of indigenous knowledge exchange and repatriation in South Africa using digital tools.

She holds an MPhil in African Studies from the University of Cape Town (2006) and a First-Class BA (Hons) in History from University of Durham (2004).

Research interests & PhD supervision

  • Decolonisation
  • Digitisation
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Sub-Saharan Africa

Selected publications

Teaching

Laura has taught on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the Department of Digital Humanities, KCL, since January 2019.