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Dr Lisa Amanda Palmer

Job: Deputy Director Stephen Lawrence

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Research

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: Ext 8241

E: lisa.palmer@dmu.ac.uk

 

Personal profile

Dr Lisa Amanda Palmer is the Deputy Director of the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre at De Montfort University, Leicester. She was the former Course Director for the Black Studies undergraduate programme and Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Birmingham City University. Lisa is a qualified librarian and previously worked for Birmingham Libraries and Archive Services for many years. She has a keen interest in working with local archive collections, specifically, the Vanley Burke Archive held at the Library of Birmingham.

Her research focuses on Black feminism, Black cultural politics and the intersection of race, racism, gender and sexuality. Her writing covers a broad spectrum of fields including the gendered politics of lovers’ rock music, the production of local community archives and knowledge production, and the misogynoir faced by Black women in British public life. She is the co-author of the book Blackness in Britain (2016) and is currently writing her book on Black women in the UK’s lover’s rock reggae scene.

Research group affiliations

Media Discourse Centre (MDC)

Publications and outputs 

Monographs
• Palmer, L. (2019) What Black Has to Do with It: The Cultural Politics of Lovers Rock and Resistance. Pluto Press (Forthcoming).
• Andrews, K. and Palmer, L. (2016) Blackness in Britain. London. Routledge

Articles in refereed journals 
• Each One Teach One (2020) – Visualising Black intellectual life in Handsworth beyond the epistemology of ‘white sociology’. Identities, 27:1, 91-113. 
• Diane Abbott, misogynoir and the politics of Black British feminism’s anticolonial imperatives; ‘In Britain too, it’s as if we don’t exist’. The Sociological Review. https://doi.org/10.1177/0038026119892404.
• Palmer, L (2011) “‘LADIES, A YOUR TIME NOW!’ Erotic Politics, Lovers Rock and Resistance in Britain." In African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal. Volume 4, issue 2. Special issue on Being Black and Becoming European: Un/Settled Migration and Hidden Histories (Routledge). http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17528631.2011.583454

Book Chapters
• Noble, D. and Palmer, L. Misogynoir. In Tate, S. Palgrave Handbook on Race and Gender (Forthcoming).
• ‘Dem a call us pirates, illegal broadcasters’ – Pirate radio, sound systems and the cultural politics of freedom. In Henry, W. L. The SYSTEM is Sound: Narratives from beyond the Reggae bass-line. Palgrave. (Forthcoming).
• ‘Men Cry too - Masculinity and the feminization of lovers’ rock.’ Book chapter in Black Popular Music in Britain since 1945, ed. Jon Straton and Nabeel Zuberi . Ashgate (2014).
• ‘LADIES, A YOUR TIME NOW!’ Erotic Politics, Lovers Rock and Resistance in Britain. Republished in Archipelagos of Sound: Transnational Caribbeanities: Women and Music. Ed. Fulani, I. New York: University of the West Indies 2012.

Public writing
Handsworth and the production of knowledge: blackness, racism and anti-imperialism in 1970s Britain.
• The Long History of Erasing Beauty of Dark-Skinned Actresses. Voice Online. 9 March 2016.
• ‘Why Black Studies Matters’, Discover Society. Issue 2. November 2013

Research interests/expertise

Her research focuses on Black feminism, Black cultural politics and the intersection of race, racism, gender and sexuality. Her writing covers a broad spectrum of fields including the gendered politics of lovers’ rock music, the production of local community archives and knowledge production, and the misogynoir faced by Black women in British public life. She is the co-author of the book Blackness in Britain (2016) and is currently writing her book on Black women in the UK’s lover’s rock reggae scene.

Qualifications

PhD American and Canadian Studies; - University of Birmingham; MA Film and Television Studies - University of Warwick; BA Hon Media Studies and Performing Arts - De Montfort University

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