Olivette Otele and Kenneta Hammond Perry: CLAS’s Caribbean Working Group Talk
Wednesday, March 29, 2023, 06:00pm - 07:30pm
CLAS’s Interdisciplinary Caribbean Working Group and the Atlantic Culture and African Diaspora History Program are **extremely** excited to announce Dr. Olivette Otele and Dr. Kenneta Hammond Perry’s talk and Diaspora History Writing Workshop! This is a two-day event, with the conversation happening on Wednesday, March 29th, at 6 pm and the workshop (with lunch) on Thursday, March 30th, at 12 pm.
Location: West Academic Building, Room 6051
Dr. Olivette Otele, Ph.D., FRHistS, FLSW, is a Distinguished Professor of the Legacies and Memory of Slavery at SOAS, University of London. Her area of research is colonial, post-colonial history, and memory studies. Otele holds a Ph.D. in History from Université Paris La Sorbonne, France, and received an honorary doctorate in Law from Concordia University in Canada. She is a Fellow and former Vice President of the Royal Historical Society. She was a judge of the International Man Booker Prize, has written numerous scholarly papers and books and is also a regular contributor to the press, television, and radio programs (BBC, Times, Guardian, GQ, Elle Magazine, etc.) She is also a broadcaster and a consultant for films and documentaries. Her latest books include an edited volume, POST-CONFLICT MEMORIALIZATION: MISSING MEMORIALS, ABSENT BODIES (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021) and AFRICAN EUROPEANS: AN UNTOLD HISTORY (Basic Books, 2022).
Dr. Otele will be in conversation with Dr. Kennetta Hammond Perry, Associate Professor of African American Studies at North Western University. Dr. Perry’s research examines Black diasporic communities and political formations shaped by and within the imperial bordering of Britain. Her first book, London Is The Place For Me: Black Britons, Citizenship and the Politics of Race (Oxford, 2016), explores how a largely African Caribbean migrant community of Black Britons articulated claims to citizenship and publicly challenged the state to both acknowledge and remedy the ways in which anti-Black racism came to bear upon their lives in the decades following World War II.