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Options for studying Black British History at University are limited but growing. There are now lecturers who focus specifically on Black British history at a number of universities, while Caribbean, African and Black Studies programmes have longer provided a space for studying Black British History. And yet, the field remains under-invested and, in many cases, precarious. This seminar addresses the impact of both the presence and wider paucity of such programmes on young people studying history in Britain today, especially those of African descent. 

During this roundtable session university students will discuss their experiences of learning and researching Black British history, and what they’d like to see more of in the future.

Joining us will be:

Sue Lemos, is a first-year PhD student in the Department of History at the University of Warwick researching queer Black political activism in late twentieth century Britain. Most recently, she completed an MA in Social Science Research (specialising in Economic and Social History) with a dissertation entitled '“For ourselves, by ourselves”: Historicising “queer Black and Brown” solidarity in the Black Lesbian and Gay Centre (project), 1985-1995'. Outside of her studies, she co-convenes the departmental Black Studies Reading Group and volunteers for the Haringey Vanguard, a community heritage project on BAME LGBTQ+ history in Haringey, North London from the 1970s to the 1990s.

Deanna Lyncook, who is currently finishing her master’s dissertation titled: ‘We cannot agree to accept coloured women for service in this country’. Caribbean Women in Britain, 1939 -1990, as part of her masters in Social Research: Economic and Social History at the University of Birmingham. She recently launched a podcast called 'The History Hotline' where she discusses events and individuals that have shaped Black history in Britain, on a weekly basis. 

Lamesha Ruddock, a second-year history student at Durham University. She has been a member of YHP since January 2018 and has taken on various responsibilities including being a social media coordinator (running YHP's Instagram page); coordinating YHP’s schools outreach team and being one of the project’s podcast coordinators. She also works on one of YHP's research teams, uncovering the names of early 20th century African women health workers in Britain. Throughout the project on African women in the British Health Service, she’s had the opportunity to be involved in oral history interviewing, researching, and speaking at public events.

Olivia Wyatt, who is a MA student at the University of Leeds. She co-founded the From Margins to Centre undergraduate history conference and conducts research for the Young Historians Project, Harewood House and the You’re Dead To Me BBC history podcast.

All welcome- this seminar is free to attend but advance booking is required.