Poet, scholar and activist based in Lisbon, Raquel Lima holds a BA in Artistic Studies - Performative Arts from the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon (2008) and is currently a PhD Candidate in Post-colonialisms and Global Citizenship from the Centre for Social Studies (CES) at Coimbra University.
Her research interest focus on orature, slavery and afrodiasporic movements. Lima has presented her academic work at various international conferences, most notably the Conference Authoring Human Rights in West Africa and Beyond: Expressions of slaveries in Literature and the Arts at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana (2023), and the Conference Decolonial Remains: Scrutinizing African Studies in Africa and the Unfinished Business of Decolonization at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria (2022). In 2022, she was a speaker at the Loophole of Retreat during the Venice Biennale and a keynote speaker at the World Congress of Women in Mozambique. A spokenword artist, she has published and performed her poetry in several languages and has been organizing poetry workshops for intersectional poetic writing. In 2019 she co-coordinated the 7th Afroeuropean Conference: Black In/Visibilities Contested. She co-founded in Portugal the Black Union for the Arts (UNA) and is also a current artistic collaborator of the Alkantara Festival.