Listed as one of the BBC’s broadcasting stars of the future, Emma Dabiri is a presenter, social historian and writer.

Emma currently co-presents Britain’s Lost Masterpieces on BBC4 and Virtually History on YouTube Originals, a ground-breaking new series which uses virtual reality technology to re-live dramatic events in history.

Emma has previously presented Back in Time for Brixton and the Back in Time Confectioners series (BBC Two), Is Love Racist? (Channel 4) and has done a number of social history films for The One Show (BBC).

On radio she has hosted BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Review and Front Row. She has authored a landmark Radio 4 documentary, Journeys in Afrofuturism as well as EXPOSED: Young Female Photographers which explores the work of three exciting, emerging photographers. Both are available on BBC Sounds. She is also developing a documentary on Haitian Surrealism.

Emma’s debut book Don’t Touch My Hair is available now, published by Penguin, Allen Lane. She is a columnist for The Dublin Inquirer and is one of the BBC’s Expert Voices. She has also had work published in a number of academic journals and newspapers. Emma’s interdisciplinary work crosses African Studies, art, sociology, history, film, literature, theatre, popular culture and music. She is a teaching fellow in the Africa department at SOAS.

Emma gives regular talks and takes part on panels at festivals and arts venues. She also DJs and hosts a range of live events.

Instagram: @emmadabiri

Twitter @EmmaDabiri


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