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Claudia Jones lecture: speaker announced

1 October 2020

To mark the start of Black History Month, the Black Members’ Council is delighted to announce Francesca Sobande as its guest speaker for the Claudia Jones Memorial Lecture (webinar).  

Claudia Jones 2020
Francesca Sobande

Francesca Sobande is a lecturer in digital media studies at the School of Journalism, Media and Culture at Cardiff University. She is course director of the BA Media, Journalism and Culture programme and is an affiliate of the Data Justice Lab. Francesca's work focuses on digital culture, Black diaspora, feminism, creative work, and the experiences of Black women. She is author of The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) and is co-editor with Professor Akwugo Emejulu of To Exist is To Resist: Black Feminism in Europe (Pluto Press, 2019). Francesca tweets at @Chess_Ess and more about her work can be found at: francescasobande.com 

The lecture will focus on “The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain”. Drawing on five years of research, the discussion addresses how Black women in Britain are using digital tools in creative, collaborative ways, while also navigating the prospect of their labour being commodified and co-opted by others. This work charts aspects of Britain’s changing landscape of media representation and activism through analysis of interviews and material accessed at the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton, London, and the Spare Rib digital archive at the British Library.

The lecture, which will be recorded, will take place later this month.

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