Sheila S Walker, PhD, Cultural Anthropologist and Documentary Filmmaker

I have done fieldwork, lectured, and participated in intellectual and cultural events in most of Africa and the African Diaspora and have numerous scholarly and popular publications. With Afrodiaspora Global, my goal is to share my experiences and knowledge of the African Diaspora.

My first edited volume, African Roots/American Cultures: Africa in the Creation of the Americas, and companion documentary, Scattered Africa: Faces and Voices of the African Diaspora, are based on the international conference I organized on “The African Diaspora and the Modern World.” My second edited volume, available in Spanish and Portuguese, Conocimiento desde adentro: Los afro-sudamericanos hablan de sus pueblos y sus historias/Conhecimento desde dentro: Os afro-sul-americanos falam de seus povos e suas histórias (that would be in English Knowledge from the Inside: Afro-South Americans Speak of their People and their Histories), features chapters by Afrodescendants from all the Spanish-speaking countries in South America. My most recent documentary is Familiar Faces/Unexpected Places: A Global African Diaspora. I was a Professor of Anthropology, the Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor in the College of Liberal Arts, and Director of the Center for African and African American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, and then Distinguished Visiting Professor, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the African Diaspora and the World program at Spelman College.


Remember Slavery: Celebrating the Heritage and Culture of the African Diaspora and its Roots

Keynote Address to the United Nations General Assembly, International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, March 29, 2016