Close
Date TimeOctober 30, 2019
VoiceThe academic who became the UK’s first black female history professor has been hired by the University of Bristol to examine its links with the slave trade. 
Olivette Otele: University Of Bristol Hires UKs First Female Black History Professor To Examine Its Ties With Slavery
Professor Olivette Otele has been appointed the university’s first professor of the history of slavery. She will lead a two-year research project on Bristol’s – and the university’s – relationship with the transatlantic slave trade. 
During the early 18th century, Bristol was one of England’s leading slaving ports, with Bristol traders thought to be responsible for around a fifth of the journeys enslaved Africans were forced to take on British ships.
In 2017, Bristol University rejected a petition from students demanding it change the name of the Wills Memorial Building, which was named after the university’s first chancellor Henry Overton Wills III. 
Campaigners argued that the building should be renamed as the Wills family made their fortune in the tobacco industry, which used slave labour. 
Otele, who currently works at Bath Spa University, has spent almost 20 years studying the legacies of colonial pasts – including trauma, recovery and social cohesion – but also the amnesia around this kind of history. 
Speaking to HuffPost UK after her appointment as the country’s first female black history professor, Otele said she saw her role as a historian as combative – taking on a “western, Euro-centric” version of history and introducing other perspectives. 
“Ninety-nine percent of my students are white from normally comfortable backgrounds and yet, they’re open. Teaching is not just a career choice – it’s a calling,” she said.  Meanwhile Otele – who studied at the Sorbonne in Paris – said the lack of equal representation in academia was one of the things that motivated her to become a historian. There are just 25 black female professors working in the UK at the moment, according to studies. 
“I never saw myself doing anything else, and I was prepared to work extremely hard for what I wanted,” Otele said. 
“I knew that, given the society we live in, if I worked hard as a black woman, I would only have half of the reward. So to have equal reward, I would have to work harder than my white counterparts.”
In a statement about her new role, which will begin in January, Otele said she wanted to students to see her as a “facilitator of dialogue” about the slave trade.
“I want to produce a rigorous and an extensive piece of research that will be relevant to the university, to the city and that will be a landmark in the way Britain examines, acknowledges and teaches the history of enslavement,” she said. 
Bristol University deputy vice-chancellor professor Judith Squires added: “As an institution founded in 1909, we are not a direct beneficiary of the slave trade, but we fully acknowledge that we financially benefited indirectly via philanthropic support from families who had made money from businesses involved in the transatlantic slave trade.” 
Otele’s new role will give the university “a unique and important opportunity to interrogate our history” and debate how it should “best respond to our past in order to shape our future as an inclusive university community”. Related... Meet Britain's First Black Female History Professor: 'Racism Is Alive And Kicking In Academia' Students Demand Name Change For Iconic Bristol Building Over 'Slave Trade Links'

Related Stories
John Oliver Explains Why Trump Might Finally Be Impeached Over Ukraine Whistleblower ScandalJohn Oliver Explains Why Trump Might Finally Be Impeached Over Ukraine Whistleblower Scandal
Bill Clinton and Jeb Bush seek refuge from Trump impeachment stormBill Clinton and Jeb Bush seek refuge from Trump impeachment storm
Burberry Is Selling Half Blazer, Half Puffer Coats – For Nearly £3,000Burberry Is Selling Half Blazer, Half Puffer Coats – For Nearly £3,000
Philip Hammond Says He Will Not Back Election As Brexit Crisis LoomsPhilip Hammond Says He Will Not Back Election As Brexit Crisis Looms
Women At Ernst & Young Instructed On How To Dress, Act Nicely Around MenWomen At Ernst & Young Instructed On How To Dress, Act Nicely Around Men
Trumps stonewalling could speed up impeachmentTrump's stonewalling could speed up impeachment
Two State Department Officials to Testify: Impeachment UpdateTwo State Department Officials to Testify: Impeachment Update
Former goalkeeper Petr Cech to play ice hockey for Guildford PhoenixFormer goalkeeper Petr Cech to play ice hockey for Guildford Phoenix
Trump’s Stonewalling on Impeachment Shows Cracks With TestimonyTrump’s Stonewalling on Impeachment Shows Cracks With Testimony
Anne Sacoolas: Police Demand US Suspects Return To The UKAnne Sacoolas: Police Demand US Suspect's Return To The UK
Latest News
‘Justice League: Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck Join Call to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut‘Justice League': Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck Join Call to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut
Massachusetts man arrested after son, 5, allegedly takes heroin to school and brags it makes him feel like Spider-ManMassachusetts man arrested after son, 5, allegedly takes heroin to school and brags it makes him feel like Spider-Man
The Latest: University asks HK protesters to leave campusThe Latest: University asks HK protesters to leave campus
UN warns Bolivia crisis could ‘spin out of control’ after nine killed in latest violenceUN warns Bolivia crisis could ‘spin out of control’ after nine killed in latest violence
Chinese students head to mainland, fleeing Hong Kong unrestChinese students head to mainland, fleeing Hong Kong unrest
Child abuse victims should have right to sue paedophiles caught with images of them, children charities sayChild abuse victims should have right to sue paedophiles caught with images of them, children charities say
US businesswoman says heartbroken by Britains JohnsonUS businesswoman says 'heartbroken' by Britain's Johnson
Giuliani: House investigation ‘a travesty’Giuliani: House investigation ‘a travesty’
Sandy Hook lawsuit could force Remington to open booksSandy Hook lawsuit could force Remington to open books
Stefanos Tsitsipas claims biggest title yet to crown breakthrough yearStefanos Tsitsipas claims biggest title yet to crown breakthrough year
Leaders
Donald-TrumpDonald Trump
45th President of the United States of America
Mike-PenceMike Pence
Vice President of the United States
Boris-JohnsonBoris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Angela-MerkelAngela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Emmanuel-MacronEmmanuel Macron
President of France
Justin-TrudeauJustin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Nancy-PelosiNancy Pelosi
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Barack-ObamaBarack Obama
44th U.S. President
Theresa-MayTheresa May
Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom
Vladimir-PutinVladimir Putin
Russian President
Shinzo-AbeShinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Related Stories
John Oliver Explains Why Trump Might Finally Be Impeached Over Ukraine Whistleblower ScandalJohn Oliver Explains Why Trump Might Finally Be Impeached Over Ukraine Whistleblower Scandal
Bill Clinton and Jeb Bush seek refuge from Trump impeachment stormBill Clinton and Jeb Bush seek refuge from Trump impeachment storm
Burberry Is Selling Half Blazer, Half Puffer Coats – For Nearly £3,000Burberry Is Selling Half Blazer, Half Puffer Coats – For Nearly £3,000
Philip Hammond Says He Will Not Back Election As Brexit Crisis LoomsPhilip Hammond Says He Will Not Back Election As Brexit Crisis Looms
Women At Ernst & Young Instructed On How To Dress, Act Nicely Around MenWomen At Ernst & Young Instructed On How To Dress, Act Nicely Around Men
Trumps stonewalling could speed up impeachmentTrump's stonewalling could speed up impeachment
Two State Department Officials to Testify: Impeachment UpdateTwo State Department Officials to Testify: Impeachment Update
Former goalkeeper Petr Cech to play ice hockey for Guildford PhoenixFormer goalkeeper Petr Cech to play ice hockey for Guildford Phoenix
Trump’s Stonewalling on Impeachment Shows Cracks With TestimonyTrump’s Stonewalling on Impeachment Shows Cracks With Testimony
Anne Sacoolas: Police Demand US Suspects Return To The UKAnne Sacoolas: Police Demand US Suspect's Return To The UK
Latest News
‘Justice League: Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck Join Call to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut‘Justice League': Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck Join Call to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut
Massachusetts man arrested after son, 5, allegedly takes heroin to school and brags it makes him feel like Spider-ManMassachusetts man arrested after son, 5, allegedly takes heroin to school and brags it makes him feel like Spider-Man
The Latest: University asks HK protesters to leave campusThe Latest: University asks HK protesters to leave campus
UN warns Bolivia crisis could ‘spin out of control’ after nine killed in latest violenceUN warns Bolivia crisis could ‘spin out of control’ after nine killed in latest violence
Chinese students head to mainland, fleeing Hong Kong unrestChinese students head to mainland, fleeing Hong Kong unrest
Child abuse victims should have right to sue paedophiles caught with images of them, children charities sayChild abuse victims should have right to sue paedophiles caught with images of them, children charities say
US businesswoman says heartbroken by Britains JohnsonUS businesswoman says 'heartbroken' by Britain's Johnson
Giuliani: House investigation ‘a travesty’Giuliani: House investigation ‘a travesty’
Sandy Hook lawsuit could force Remington to open booksSandy Hook lawsuit could force Remington to open books
Stefanos Tsitsipas claims biggest title yet to crown breakthrough yearStefanos Tsitsipas claims biggest title yet to crown breakthrough year
Leaders
Donald-TrumpDonald Trump
45th President of the United States of America
Mike-PenceMike Pence
Vice President of the United States
Boris-JohnsonBoris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Angela-MerkelAngela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Emmanuel-MacronEmmanuel Macron
President of France
Justin-TrudeauJustin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Nancy-PelosiNancy Pelosi
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Barack-ObamaBarack Obama
44th U.S. President
Theresa-MayTheresa May
Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom
Vladimir-PutinVladimir Putin
Russian President
Shinzo-AbeShinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Boy George Recalls 'Unconscious Uncoupling' From Madonna
Greta Thunberg Refuses Environment Award Until Politicians Stop 'Bragging' And Take Climate Change Seriously
'It Only Happens To Women': Louise Haigh Describes Being 'Instantly Dismissed' By Doctors Over 'Excruciating' Burst Ovarian Cyst
Kevin Hart Updates Fans On Recovery From Horrific Car Crash That Left Him With Serious Injuries
Game Of Thrones Prequel Series House Of The Dragon Confirmed Amid Reports Other Prequel Has Been Shelved
What The General Election Could Mean For Brexit
MPs Have Backed A General Election. Here's What Happens Next
WhatsApp sues Israeli firm, accusing it of hacking activists' phones
60 Minutes reporter Liam Bartlett and TV crew detained in Kiribati
Game of Thrones prequel: HBO ditches series starring Naomi Watts – report
The Age newspaper appeals $180,000 compensation payout for traumatised journalist
'Jingle polls': how the papers covered Johnson's December election
What Baghdadi’s Death Means for al Qaeda—and Why It Matters
Trump allies on Fox and CNN preempt damning testimony with smears
Australia v Sri Lanka: second Twenty20 international – live!
South Africa expect brains as well as brawn from England in final
'No problem at all': New Zealanders praise England's response to All Blacks haka
South Africa to stick with physical approach in World Cup final
Birth Diaries: ‘As Weird As It Sounds, I Really Enjoyed My C-Section’'
The Great British Bake Off Crowns David Atherton The Winner In Emotional Final
My Uterus Ruptured During Labour. Here's What Happened Next
8 Treats For £20 And Under That'll Make Your Home Cosy This Autumn
Aspirin, Paracetamol Or Ibuprofen – Which Pill Should You Take For Your Pain?
Re-electing Boris Johnson Won't Fix The Country – Things Will Only Get So Much Worse
Marngrook Footy Show: Indigenous AFL program axed by SBS after 12 years on air
Brexit Bulletin: Delaying Tactics
Putin Faces Syria Money Crunch After U.S. Keeps Control of Oil
Army officer tells impeachment inquiry of gaps in Trump's Ukraine transcript
Missouri agency tracked Planned Parenthood patients' periods
London police detain jailed former Mexican governor's wife; faces extradition trial
Last-Minute India Demands Jeopardize 16-Nation Asian Trade Pact
England sweat on Kyle Sinckler after restricted part in training session
Late night hosts are uniformly disgusted at Trump and his Fox News friends sliming Lt. Col. Vindman
'The Worst Christmas Present': Voters In Preston React To The December General Election
Police hunt for brothers from Northern Ireland over truck deaths
Israel's Netanyahu plans to move funds from civilian to military spending
Tucker Carlson and Guest Blame Diversity and ‘Woke’ Culture for California Fires
World Series: Stephen Strasburg tames Astros as Nationals force Game 7
Sam Burgess forced to retire from rugby league due to injury
Wales make nine changes for game of farewells against New Zealand
Film News Roundup: Patrick Schwarzenegger Joins Amy Poehler’s Drama ‘Moxie’
Kayla Mueller: Parents of US hostage killed by Isis 'grateful' that Baghdadi raid named after their daughter
$16.8M in campaign funds have gone to Trump businesses, records reveal
In historic vote, US House recognizes 'Armenian genocide'
Senior adviser Jared Kushner: Time in White House spent 'cleaning up the messes' left by Biden
Woman who repeatedly told boyfriend to kill himself charged with manslaughter after his suicide
Russia says Kurds complete withdrawal from Turkish border
MVPs of Horror: Dee Wallace on delivering one of the all-time great screams in 'The Howling'
‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel ‘House of the Dragon’ Ordered Straight to Series at HBO
‘Lodge 49’ Canceled After Two Seasons at AMC
School Nurse Reveals Bonfire Night Pollution Triggered Asthma Attack
Home Secretary Priti Patel's Adviser Escorted From Commons Bar By Police
Teen's family says he complained of bullying before death
'I lost my whole life': California fire victim returns to devastation
Vietnam says trying to speed up identification of UK truck dead
NRA Officials Found NRATV Messaging to Be ‘Distasteful and Racist’: Lawsuit
World Series Game 6: Washington Nationals v Houston Astros – live!
People should stop throwing stones inside English football's glass house | David Conn
European football roundup: Barcelona and Inter climb back to top
Phil Neville challenges younger players to raise their game for England
Chelsea’s Frank Lampard says dropping youngsters is only for ‘flip-floppers’
The It List: Apple TV+ debuts, new Princess Di doc explores her relationship with her 'wicked' stepmother, Miranda Lambert drops 'Wildcard' and the best in pop culture the week of October 28, 2019
Female MPs Condemn 'Distasteful' Media Coverage Of Meghan Markle In Open Letter
Why I Made A Video Game To Challenge Muslim Stereotypes
Here's What Happens Next Now MPs Have Backed A December 12 Election
General Election Set To Be On December 12 As MPs Back Move To Break Brexit Deadlock
Navy upholds sentencing of Navy SEAL for posing with corpse
California wildfires: fierce winds may spread blazes as millions lose power
Pelosi announces full House vote on impeachment inquiry
Frustration rises amid another round of California blackouts
Climate activist Greta Thunberg declines environmental award
Trump mimics Dayton shooting during first visit to Chicago as president: 'Boom boom boom'
CNN Anchor Brianna Keilar Scorches New Colleague Sean Duffy’s ‘Anti-Immigrant Bigotry’ Towards Vindman
Eddie Jones takes inspiration from what made South Africa great in 2007 | Ugo Monye
England’s boulder boys can stop South Africa’s giants in their tracks
Sergio Agüero hits double but Saints avoid hiding at Manchester City
English football should not be so keen to mount its high horse so readily | David Conn
Deadspin editor fired amid uprising against ‘stick to sports’ order
NCAA votes to allow college athletes to make money from their fame
Relief for Marco Silva after Everton’s Holgate and Richarlison sink Watford
James Maddison makes Burton pay and helps fire Leicester into last eight
Kanye West says marriage should be counted in dog years
Eric Swalwell and Mark Meadows reportedly got into a shouting match during the Vindman hearing
Alyssa Milano to Co-Host Fundraiser for Joe Biden
Home Secretary's Adviser Escorted From Commons Bar By Police
General Election Set To Be On December 12 As MPs Back Legislation
MPs Fail To Change General Election Date To December 9
Global leaders, tycoons flock to Saudi 'Davos in desert'
Bannon to escalate Trump impeachment defense with his own political operation
Chicago teachers union calls meeting of delegates, cautions no deal yet
Six Syrian soldiers killed as regime army and Turkish military clash for first time since offensive
Frustration mounts as California is hit with more blackouts
Trump wants US companies to tap Syria’s oil, despite experts warning that could be a war crime
Man City v Southampton, Everton v Watford: Carabao Cup – live!
Charlie Appleby banks on Old Persian for his shot at Breeders’ Cup Turf
Eric Swalwell and Mark Meadows reportedly got into a shouting match during Vindman hearing
Liz Cheney calls out Trump allies' 'shameful' attacks on impeachment witness and decorated veteran Lt. Col. Vindman
Kevin Spacey Won’t Be Charged in Sexual Assault Case After Accuser Dies
‘Game Of Thrones’ Prequel Pilot Starring Naomi Watts Not Going Forward At HBO
UEFA Has Failed To Crackdown On Bulgaria's Racism – Football Fans Must Now Take A Stand
Johnson Readmits Ten MPs To Tory Party But Hammond And Other Brexit Rebels Barred
Cross-party female MPs condemn UK media's treatment of Meghan
Australian sentenced to 36 years for murder, rape of Israeli
In a Kurdish prison, former IS fighters never see the sun
Daylight saving time is ending this weekend. These states want to make DST permanent
Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigns saying he has 'reached a dead end'
Correction: Puerto Rico-Cruise Ship Death story
The Preppy Murderer Who Cried Rape—and the Media Listened
Warren Knocks New York Dems’ Attempt to Edge Out Third Parties, Saying it Will ‘Benefit Republicans’
Trump news – live: Key impeachment witness gives 'extremely disturbing' testimony about Ukraine call
Who are the Vietnamese feared dead in UK truck tragedy?
England fined for V-shaped formation facing New Zealand’s haka
Kiki Bertens makes most of late chance by beating world No 1 Ashleigh Barty
Wales to turn ‘disappointment into fire’ in Gatland’s final act against All Blacks
Australian rugby crisis continues in absence of long-term sustainable plan | Bret Harris
The Fiver | The banter-tastic environs of Zoe Ball’s Breakfast Show
Jacob Rees-Mogg: my early career as an avant garde film star
Harry Dunn's Parents To Launch Legal Action Against Trump Administration Over 'Lawless Misconduct'
The Gender Pay Gap Will Only Close If We Start Paying Proper Attention
Halloween Ideas 2019: These Fleabag-Inspired Outfits Are Everything
GOP wipeout feared as impeachment fever spills over into House and Senate races
Syria Kurds say took DNA sample from Baghdadi underwear
Syrian Kurds beef up security in Isil detention centres in anticipation of riots over Baghdadi killing
Disney World moves on from Skyliner mishap, touts 1 million riders
Trump news – live: Key impeachment witness testifies over threat to ‘national security’, as president accuses decorated veteran of political bias
Brussels court postpones extradition hearing on ex-Catalan leader Puigdemont
Court Hearing Scheduled for Witness: Impeachment Update
Egypt arrests train conductor after youth jumps to his death
'It's hell' without Compaore: Burkinabes miss dictator five years on
Sanders: U.S. Should Withhold Military Aid Unless Israel ‘Fundamentally Changes’ Relationship With Gaza
Bulgaria ordered to play one game behind closed doors over racism
Toni Duggan: ‘I wanted the ground to suck me in, for the game just to end’
Granit Xhaka ‘devastated and sad’ after Crystal Palace game, says Unai Emery
Liverpool to include Harvey Elliott for game against Arsenal after FA ban
We Need To Look Beyond The Headlines If We’re Ever Going To Close The Gender Pay Gap
Handcuffed Man Died After Leaping Into River As He Tried To Evade Police, Inquest Hears
Strictly Come Dancing's Chris Ramsey To Pay Homage To Ant And Dec As He Tackles Street Dance
Scarlett Moffatt Breaks Down In Tears As She Shares 'Vile' Letter Comparing Her To A Pork Chop
Vietnam Seizes $4.3B in Falsely Labeled Chinese Aluminum
Baghdadi leaves bitter legacy in Iraqi city of Mosul he terrorized
Cambodian police question 6 about missing British backpacker
Apple's iOS 13.2 brings gender-neutral emoji options
Trump Administration Challenges California Sanctuary Law in Supreme Court
Putin hosts Cuban leader for talks on expanding ties
Former Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman to admit he told ‘a lot of lies’
Bulgaria ordered to play one game behind closed doors over England racism
Former special counsel thinks Alexander Vindman will get Gordon Sondland in 'deep, deep legal trouble'
These Fleabag-Themed Halloween Costumes Are Everything
Lib Dem MP Heidi Allen To Step Down Due To 'Brexit Impasse' And 'Nastiness And Intimidation'
Make It Last: How To Have A More Sustainable Sex Life
Game of Thrones: how the show’s creators prompted a huge new fan backlash
Biden Denied Communion at South Carolina Church Due to Stance On Abortion
North Carolina's congressional map is illegal Republican gerrymander, court rules
Judge Allows Covington Student’s $250 Million Suit against WaPo to Move Forward
Utility says power lines may have started 2 California fires
Texas police officer shot his own son, thinking he was a home intruder, police say
Irish priests call for celibacy rules to be relaxed and women to be ordained amid clergymen shortage
Masked gunmen attack protesters in Iraq holy city; 18 killed
Russian 'Trojan horse' bank stokes unease in Hungary
Army officer says he raised concerns about Trump and Ukraine
South Africa hope inside knowledge can halt England in Rugby World Cup final
Kiki Bertens shocks Ashleigh Barty at WTA Finals – as it happened
Wales to turn ‘disappointment into fire’ as Gatland signs off against All Blacks
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan gets two-year cricket corruption ban
Fran Kirby left out as Phil Neville picks squad for England clash with Germany
Kelechi Osemele shows why players wonder if teams care about their welfare
CNN re-airs its own contributor's comments as an example of a pro-Trump smear campaign
Roma, Benny Hill style: why film-makers hate Netflix's fast-forward button
Could Morrisons' Mince Pie Sandwich Be A Christmas Hit? We Tasted It
Jennifer Aniston Teases Friends Cast Are 'Working On Something', Fuelling Reunion Speculation
Brexit 50p Coins Are Melting Down… Just Like The Country
Amelia Bambridge: Six Men Questioned Over British Backpacker Missing In Cambodia
EU disputes Facebook's claims of progress against fake accounts
Gulf dispute unacceptable, must be resolved: Kuwaiti emir
Six Cambodians held as hopes fade for missing British tourist
Bursting at the seams: inside an IS prison in Syria
Fox News Panel Speculates That Latest Trump Impeachment Witness Committed Espionage
Ukrainian troops withdrawing from eastern town: foreign minister
Nigerian pastor accused of abusing children who fled Boko Haram
He was undocumented. Now he's exposing detention center abuse
Get Ready For SEMA With This Highly Custom Bronco
Strong quake jolts southern Philippines, 6 dead, scores hurt
Chicago teachers strike enters ninth day after overnight talks end
Calypso calamity! Hunt for the lost tapes of 100-year-old Walter Ferguson
Baby It's Cold Outside rewritten by John Legend to remove 'date-rape' lyric
Ashleigh Barty v Kiki Bertens: WTA Finals – live!
The Spin | Travel fails to broaden the mind when it comes to the Hundred
David Squires on … where's Mesut?
‘It was a try’: England’s Mark Cueto still haunted by ghosts of 2007 final
Phil Neville picks squad for England’s ‘momentous’ clash with Germany
Talking Horses: documentary reveals drama behind Khadijah Mellah's win
The Great Britain Lions go into New Zealand Test bruised and beaten
The making of Roberto Firmino, by his earliest mentors in Brazil
Japanese football team scores two goals from halfway in 90 seconds – video
'Bring it on' says Billy Vunipola ahead of Rugby World Cup final with South Africa – video
Leonardo: The Works review – magnificent tour of the masterpieces
Grandmother Killed When Gender-Reveal Party Stunt Device Exploded Like A Pipebomb
UK Set For December Election As Jeremy Corbyn Backs Snap Poll
Medical Cannabis 'Could Do More Harm Than Good' For Depression And Anxiety
Chris Packham Doubles Down On I'm A Celebrity Criticism, After Being Booed At TV Choice Awards
Close