Prof Olivette Otele: James McCune Smith Annual Lecture

Thursday 14 October 2021

Olivette Otele, PhD, FRHistS is a Professor of History of Slavery and Memory of Enslavement at the University of Bristol.


Professor Otele holds a PhD in History from Université Paris IV, La Sorbonne, France. She is a Fellow and a Vice President of the Royal Historical Society and a Trustee of the Research Committee at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.Her areas of research are colonial and post-colonial History, Memory, Politics, women and the histories of people of African descent.

She has been the recipient of several renown national and international research grants (UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council, European Commission-RISE, Canadian-Social Science and Humanities Research Council).

Her latest books include a monograph shortlisted for the Orwell Book Prize for Political Writing in 2021, African Europeans: an untold History (Hurst, 2020) and an edited volume, Post-Conflict Memorialization: Missing Memorials, Absent Bodies (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2021). As a public historian, Professor Otele is also a regular contributor to TV, radio and newspapers (BBC, SKY News, Guardian, Times, New Yorker, Radio France, Vogue Italia, etc.).

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