Dr Amber Lascelles

BA, MA, PhD

  • BS8 1TB

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Research interests

I joined Bristol in October 2020 as Research Associate for the 'Black Health in the Humanities' Project, working alongside Dr Josie Gill to establish an interdisciplinary network of researchers with the aim of investigating and bringing to light perspectives from the Black humanities on Black health. The project is especially pertinent in light of COVID-19, the global Black Lives Matter movement, and the intersection between racism and health inequalities that such events have highlighted. Ultimately, we seek to understand how Black Studies scholarship, particularly in Britain, might enhance or complicate current medical and social understandings of the relationship between racism, health and illness. This research is based at the Centre for Black Humanities.

Previously based at the University of Leeds, my broader research is interested in Black feminist resistance in contemporary Black women's fiction, and how literary narrative might prompt us to challenge, and imagine alternatives to, the oppression and violence wrought under neoliberal capitalism. I am currently preparing this work to be proposed as a monograph. My published research includes an article, 'Locating Black Feminist Resistance through Diaspora and Post-diaspora in Edwidge Danticat and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Short Stories' in a special issue of African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal and book reviews of Caribbean and Black British writers for Wasafari and The PG Contemporary Women's Writing Network.

Additionally, I enjoy public engagement and have recently led and been involved in online panels, seminars, conferences and partnership events with The Lit Collective Sheffield, Heritage Walk Leeds, Racial Justice Network, Renaissance One and Feminist Archive North. As part of my scholar-activist work, I am the journal editor for the Free Black University.

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  • Centre for Black Humanities

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