UCL African Studies Research Centre


Historicising Afro-European experiences: Heritage and Politics of Memory

Start: Mar 10, 2016 06:30 PM
End: Mar 10, 2016 08:00 PM

Location: UCL IAS Common Ground Room, South Wing, Wilkins Building

Dr Olivette Otele (Bath Spa University) 

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Dr Olivette Otele is a Historian and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. She holds a PhD from Université La Sorbonne and she currently teaches at Bath Spa University. She works on European empires, the History of the African diaspora, memory, and identity politics. More broadly, she also looks at geopolitics in the Atlantic World. Her work as a public intellectual involves looking at social and cultural issues and working with minority and majority communities outside academia. She has appeared in various television, radio programs and documentaries. As one of the recipients of an AHRC-LABEX Pasp grant, Dr Otele will start a 30 months funded research entitled “Telling one’s story, redefining collective memory: the challenges of African refugees and migrants in 21st century Europe”. 

Dr Otele’s work includes volumes such as: 

Does Discrimination Shape Identity? Identity Politics and Minorities in the English-Speaking World and in France: Rhetoric and Reality. Journal of Intercultural Studies, Routledge, 2011. 

Histoire de l'esclavage britannique : des origines de la traite transatlantique aux premisses de la colonisation, Editions Michel Houdiard, Paris, 2008.

Her latest publications are:

“Resisting Imperial Governance in Canada: From Trade and Religious Kinship to Black Narrative Pedagogy in Ontario”, The Promised Land: History and Historiography of Black Experience in Chatham-Kent's Settlements and Beyond, African Diasporic Cultural Studies Series, University of Toronto Press, 2014. 

“Bristol, slavery and the politics of representation: the Slave Trade Gallery in the Bristol Museum”, The Cultural Politics of Memory Social Semiotics, Routledge, 2012. 

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