Posted on January 30, 2017, BY Matthew Beltz

Bayo Holsey, an associate professor of African and African-American Studies and Cultural Anthropology at Rutgers, will kick off Bucknell University's Griot Institute spring 2017 lecture series with a talk on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. at the Gallery Theatre inside the Elaine Langone Center. It is free and open to the public.

The lecture, titled "The Black Body as Embodied Memories: Retelling the Slave Trade in West Africa," is the first event of the Griot Institute's spring lecture and performance series, The Black Body (Re)Considered. Bayo's talk will examine accounts of American authors and public figures of visits to West African slave sites. She will consider the development of a slave-trade narrative tradition in which writers provide intimate accounts of the slave experience, detailing both its effects on the body of the slave and effects of its memory on their own bodies. The talk explores the politics and outcomes of such embodies knowledge of slavery.

Holsey is the author of Routes of Remembrance: Refashioning the Slave Trade in Ghana, which won a pair of awards. Currently, she is completing a second book titled Afterlives of Atlantic Slavery: History, Ethics and Racial Politics in the New Millennium. Her work examines the public history of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade in West Africa and the African diaspora.

This talk is co-sponsored by the sociology & anthropology department.

The Black Body (Re)Considered series is intended to engage the campus community and beyond in an extended conversation about the black body from multiple disciplinary perspectives. It is rooted in questions about the intersections of identity, race, gender, sexuality, historical context and agency, particularly as they concern representations and realities of the black body as impacted by racism, as well as aesthetic, economic, sociological and psychological inequalities. This conversation is particularly critical in light of the crises of the present moment, which are linked to and inextricable derive from the realities of the past.

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