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Sue Lemos

PhD Research

'Pioneers of Our Own Future': The Lives and Politics of queer Black people and people of colour in Britain, c. 1950-2000

Academic Background

2020 - present, PhD History, University of Warwick

2019 - 2020, MA Social Science Research (Economic and Social History), University of Warwick

  • Dissertation: 'For ourselves, by ourselves': Historicising 'queer Black and Brown' solidarity in the Black Lesbian and Gay Centre (Project), 1985-1995

2014 - 2018, BA History, University of Warwick

  • Dissertation: Sisterhood and its Fragments: The Organisation of Women of African and Asian Descent
  • Study Abroad: Northern Arizona University
    • Independent Project: 'Liberation disciplines' in the Neoliberal University

Awards & Prizes

Olivette Otele Prize, Institute of Historical Research, 2021

MA Dissertation Prize, History Department, University of Warwick, 2019-2020

ESRC (1+3) Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship, 2019-2023


October 2021, History Matters Presents: 2nd New Perspectives on the History of African and Caribbean People in Britain Conference

  • 'Feeling a strength in numbers': The London Black Lesbian and Gay Centre (Project), 1985-1995

September 2018, 3rd Annual Black Feminism, Womanism and the Politics of Women of Colour in Europe Conference, Berlin, Germany

  • Black Sisterhood and its Fragments: The Organisation of Women of Asian and African Descent

June 2018, Social History Society Conference

  • History & Diversity Plenary Panel (invited by Dr Meleisa Ono-George to co-present)

Public Engagement

Volunteer, Haringey Vanguard, 2018-2021

  • December 2019, ‘An Intergenerational Dialogue: Uncovering the Black Lesbian Movement in Britain’, Provoke: 17th Annual History and Archives Conference, London Metropolitan Archives

Volunteer, Young Historians Project, 2018-2019

  • November 2019, ‘The Young Historians Project’, Sociology in the Archives: Black and Asian Activism by and for young people Workshop, The British Library

Photograph: Dom Martin

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