Professor Olivette Otele

Olivette Otele

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

She is a Fellow and a Vice President of the Royal Historical Society, a broadcaster and a regular contributor to the press (Guardian, BBC History Magazine, BBC World Histories, etc.).

She has also worked as a history consultant for various documentaries including Warrior Women presented by Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o (Channel 4, 2019).

Professor Otele’s research is about the history of enslavement in the Atlantic World. She looks at questions of marginalisation, exclusion and social cohesion in post-slavery societies in Europe, Africa, the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic (Caribbean and Canada)

She teaches about the legacies of the European colonial past (memory, memorialisation processes, cultural and collective memories and trauma) and the histories of people of African descent.

She says that she loves what she does because she has the opportunity to share the stories of vibrant, resilient and wonderfully diverse communities.

She says that being able to engage with all student populations and with people from various backgrounds within and outside universities and schools is truly a privilege and that she is indebted to them for sharing their knowledge with her.