Mutsa Mhende (they/she) is a PhD researcher at DMU. Her collaborative doctoral award: Textures of Blackness in the Midlands: Excavating Regional Archives of Black Culture and Politics, is in partnership with the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre and Serendipity. This interdisciplinary and community-based archival project aims to problematise the colonial archive, while reimagining sites of memory which centre the living knowledge production and history-making processes of Black people in this region.
Holding a BA(Hons) in Sociology & Politics and an MA in Sociology, Mutsa’s other research projects have been: “The impact of Media representations of Black women’s sexuality” and “Writing in the dirt with a twig: Exploring the personal archives and memory-making of Black women in Britain”. Their other research interests include: Black British identity, Black women’s storytelling, African Traditional Religions, and Healing Justice.