Imagining Futures Dialogues

Imagining Futures Dialogues

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Imagining Futures Dialogues critically showcase new projects on egalitarian archival practices.

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The weekly Imagining Futures Dialogues address urgent issues of who decides what gets to be remembered into the future and how, by presenting new projects that draw on knowledge from multiple regions and practices.

They bring together the work of partners, practitioners and project leaders from across the Imagining Futures (Through Un/Archived Pasts) network, a Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) project supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC/UKRI).

The initiative is founded on the idea that archives are negotiations about visions of the future – whose story will continue to be told and how, and whose silenced – these become acute in moments of threat, post-conflict, displacement and reconstruction. We draw on the widest meaning of archive by including documents, material remains and creations, landscapes, oral transmissions, song, bodily movements, daily customs and ancestral laws.

Between February and July 2022, the Imagining Futures Dialogues will feature project presentations with expert teams and respondents with you as audience discussing insights gained from current current work in the field. All are welcome!

Schedule of IF Dialogues

Thursday 7 July | 15.15 - 16.30 (BST) * Please note the revised date and time

The Baddawi Camp Archive and Refugee Hosts | Presenters: Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, University College London and Yousif Qasmiyeh, Oxford University (UK)

Tuesday 7 June | 15.00 - 16.30 (BST)

Yarmouk Camp: A Story Unfolded | Presenters: Edwar Hanna and Nour Harastani

Archives and Contemporary Philosophy: Hyperobjects, Hyposubjects and Object-Oriented Ontology | Presenter: Peter Campbell, Cranfield University (UK)

Tuesday 31 May | 15.00 - 16.30 (BST)

Everyday Culture and Social Contract in Syria | Presenters: Aqeel Abdulla, Kings College London (UK) and Lama Hmaisha (Syria)

Tanzanian Dressing Traditions: Documentation and Digitisation of Disappearing Legacies and Emerging Patterns | Presenter: Ndesumbuka Merinyo (Tanzania)

Tuesday 24 May 2022 | 15.00 - 16.30 (BST)

The un-archived horrors of slavery at Fort Patiko: Rethinking the historical narratives of slavery and slave trade in post-conflict northern Uganda | Presenters: Kyazike Elizabeth, Kyambogo University and Abiti Nelson Adyebo, Uganda National Museum (Uganda) | Respondent: Mick Finch, University of the Arts London (UK)

Mental Map: A way to access information from the Maji Maji war victims in southern Tanzania | Presenter: Hawa Mkwela, Tumaini University of Dar es Salaam College (Tanzania) | Respondent: Elizabeth Wright, University of the Arts London (UK)

Tuesday 17 May 2022 | 15.00 - 16.30 (BST)

Digitalising Turkey's Botanical Heritage: Archiving Historical Herbarium in Turkey | Presenter: Nurdan Atalan Çayırezmez, British Institute at Ankara (Turkey) | Respondent: Naomi F Miller, University of Pennsylvania (U.S.)

Archiving the endangered traditional herbal medicinal knowledge and practices among multi-ethnic groups in southern Tanzania | Presenter: Thomas Biginagwa, University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) | Respondent: Raphael Uchôa, Darwin College, University of Cambridge (UK)

Tuesday 3 May 2022 | 15.00 - 16.30 (BST)

Past, Present and Future Memory of the French Slave Trade in Southern Tanzania | Presenters: Nancy Rushohora, University of Dar es Salaam and Valence Silayo, Tumaini University of Dar es Salaam College (Tanzania) | Respondent: Elizabeth Kyazike, Kyambogo University (Uganda)

Lebanese Yawmiyat (Diaries): Archiving unfinished stories of spatial violence | Presenters: Camillo Boano and Hanadi Samhan, University College London (UK) | Respondent: Geraldine Frieslaar, Stellenbosch University Museum (South Africa)

Tuesday 26 April 2022 | 15.00 - 16.30 (BST)

Activating site through play based non-linear recovery | Presenters: Elizabeth Wright and Mick Finch, University of the Arts London (UK) | Respondent: Nancy Rushohora, University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)

Boxing: A way of life in Ga-Mashie, Accra, Ghana | Presenter: Kodzo Gavua, Associate Professor of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, University of Ghana (Ghana) | Respondent: Ceri Ashley, Head of Endangered Material Knowledge Programme, British Museum (UK)

Monday 21 March 2022 | 15.00 - 16.30 (GMT)

Art and Protest in Iraq’s October 2019 Revolution | Presenter: Dhiaa Kareem Ali, Liwan Organisation and Head of Department for English, University of Kufa (Iraq) | Respondent: Amina Yaqin, University of Exeter (UK)

Archives of resistance: The biography of a personal archive | Presenters: Horst Kleinschmidt, Mark Kaplan (Grey Matter Media), Geraldine Frieslaar (Director, South African History Archive), Anita Marshall (South Africa) | Respondent: Tawny Paul, UCLA (U.S.)

Tuesday 15 March 2022 | 15.00 - 16.30 (GMT)

The Heritage of Osofo Dadzie Television Drama | Presenters: Rebecca Ohene-Asah and George Bosompim, National Film and Television Institute (Ghana) | Respondent: Mark Kaplan, Grey Matter Media (South Africa)

Survival and Legacy of Trans-generational Memories of Colonialism: Oral Tradition as Archive in Tanzania | Presenter: Swedi Mkuta, University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) | Respondent: Laura Madokoro , Carleton University (Canada)

Tuesday 8 March 2022 | 15.00 - 16.30 (GMT)

Community's Digital Archives: Imagining the Recovery of Karantina | Presenter: Howayda al-Harithy, Research Director at Beirut Urban Lab, American University of Beirut (Lebanon) | Respondent: Edwar Hanna, Co-Founder of Syrbanism (Austria)

Multivocality in Representing Slavery Heritage in Mikindani, Tanzania | Presenter: Noel Lwoga, Director General, National Museum of Tanzania, and Senior Lecturer of Heritage and Tourism, University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) | Respondent: Prof Kodzo Gavua, Associate Professor of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, University of Ghana (Ghana)

Tuesday 1 March 2022 | 15.00 - 16.30 (GMT)

Developing a community centred Nubian Archive using archival practices | Presenter: JC Niala, University of Exeter (UK) | Respondent: Rohit Jigyasu, International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (Italy)

Chagga traditional songs as archive of African traditional knowledge | Presenter: Nicholaus Kavishe, Rombo Cultural Tourism Enterprise (Tanzania) | Respondent: Prof Kodzo Gavua, Associate Professor of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, University of Ghana (Ghana)

Tuesday 22 February 2022 | 15.00 - 16.30 (GMT)

History in the Streets: Commemorative Street Names and the Politics of Representation in Los Angeles | Presenter: Tawny Paul, UCLA (U.S.) | Respondent: Howayda al-Harithy, American University of Beirut (Lebanon)

Traditional Storytelling as an Archive Under Threat | Presenter: Anthonia Mnkama (Tanzania) | Respondent: Lennon Mhishi , Pitt Rivers Museum (UK)

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