We need to talk about slavery’s impact on all of us | Olivette Otele

How should we address the longterm trauma that was caused? As professor of the history of slavery, I aim to find out

When my new role as professor of the history of slavery at the University of Bristol was announced, some people’s reaction was, “about time”. The role, in which I will research the university’s ties with enslavement, will bring together various existing scholarships, and is part of a debate that has been taking place for decades.

But in further exploring the past of the institution within the broader history of the city, I hope to help the public as well as the university to better understand its place, role and responsibilities towards Bristol’s inhabitants. My research should have a significant impact on the way educational and cultural institutions remember the past, and how they support social equality now.

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