African Europeans is a landmark account of a crucial thread in Europe’s complex history. Olivette Otele traces a long African European heritage through the lives of individuals both ordinary and extraordinary. She uncovers a forgotten past, from Emperor Septimius Severus, to enslaved Africans living in Europe during the Renaissance, and all the way to present-day migrants moving to Europe’s cities. By exploring a history that has been long overlooked, she sheds light on questions very much alive today—on racism, identity, and citizenship. Olivette Otele is Professor of the History of Slavery at the University of Bristol.
Part of Black Women Write Now curated by Désirée Reynolds and part of the 2021 Off the Shelf festival of words, which runs 15th-31st October, celebrating books, words, ideas. Now in its 30th edition, festival activity includes both online and live events in real venues. Free reading – pre-recorded