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Bayo Holsey, Assistant Professor of African & African American Studies and Cultural Anthropology

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  • PhD Columbia University 2003

African Diaspora
Politics of Memory

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Bayo Holsey is Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. Her work examines the public history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade in West Africa and the African diaspora. She is the author of Routes of Remembrance: Refashioning the Slave Trade in Ghana, which won the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Amaury Talbot Prize for African Anthropology and the Association for Third World Studies’ Toyin Falola Africa Book Award. Currently, she is completing a second book entitled Afterlives of Atlantic Slavery: History, Ethics, and Racial Politics in the New Millennium.

Representative Publications

  1. B. Holsey. "Black Atlantic Visions: History, Race, and Transnationalism in Ghana." Cultural Anthropology  vol. 28 ( 2013): 504-518.
  2. B. Holsey. "Transnationalism." Oxford Bibliographies in Anthropology. Edited by John Jackson.  ( 2013).
  3. B. Holsey. "Writing about the Slave Trade: Early Twentieth Century Colonial Textbook and their Authors." African Voices on Slavery and the Slave Trade, Vol. I. Edited by Martin Klein, Sandra Greene, Alice Bellagamba, and Carolyn Brown.  ( 2013).
  4. B. Holsey. "'Watch the Waves of the Sea': Literacy, Oral History, and the European Encounter in Elmina." History in Africa: A Journal of Method  vol. 38 ( 2011): 79-101.
  5. B. Holsey. "Owning Up to the Past: African Slave Traders and the Hazards of Discourse." Transition  vol. 105 (2011): 74-87.
  6. B. Holsey. "Rituel et Memoire au Ghana: Les Usages Politique de la Diaspora." Critique Internationale  vol. 47 (April -June 2010): 19-36.
  7. B. Holsey. "In Place of Slavery: Fashioning Coastal Identity." Perspectives on Africa: A Reader in Culture, History, and Representation, 2nd Edition  (2010).
  8. B. Holsey. Routes of Remembrance: Refashioning the Slave Trade in Ghana. University of Chicago Press, 2008. (Awarded the Royal Anthropological Institute’s 2008 Amaury Talbot Prize for African Anthropology and the Association of Third World Studies’ 2008-09 Toyin Falola Africa Book Award)
  9. "Transatlantic Dreaming: Slavery, Tourism and Diasporic Encounters." Homecomings: Unsettling Paths of Return. Edited by Fran Markowitz and Anders Stefansson.  ( 2004).

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