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Black British Digital Studies


27 Oct Black British Digital Studies

Join us for a conversation between Francesca, Rianna and Keisha about their research in Black British Digital Humanities, Francesca's latest book, The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain, and their experiences as Black British scholars.

Dr. 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

Rianna Walcott (she/her) is an LAHP-funded PhD candidate at King's College London researching Black women's identity formation in digital spaces, and a graduate twice over from the University of Edinburgh. She co-founded, a website that promotes inclusivity in academia and a decolonised curriculum. She frequently writes about feminism, mental health, race and literature for publications including The Wellcome Collection, The Metro, The Guardian, The BBC, Vice, and Dazed. Rianna is co-editor of an anthology about BAME mental health - The Colour of Madness, and in the time left over, she moonlights as a professional jazz singer. Rianna tweets at @rianna_walcott and more about her work can be found at

Keisha Bruce is a Midlands4Cities-funded PhD researcher in Black Studies at the University of Nottingham. Her research interests include Black popular culture, diasporic visual cultures, and digital media representations. Her PhD thesis explores Black women’s digital visual cultures on social media with a particular focus on how identity is mediated, and diasporic community is fostered online through processes of visuality and affect. Outside of her thesis she is currently undergoing an archiving project on Black girlhood in Britain. You can find her on Twitter at @keishastweets.

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Rianna Walcott

GTA in Digital Humanities, PhD candidate

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