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08:45 - 18:00 25 May 2018

UCL and the British Museum in Africa and the Middle East: Current Projects, Future Agendas


G6 | UCL Institute of Archaeology (link Map)
31–34 Gordon Square | London | WC1 | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Reader in Human Geography, UCL Geography, My research focuses on the intersections between gender, generation and religion in experiences of and responses to conflict-induced displacement and statelessness, with a particular regional focus on the Middle East and North Africa. I have conducted extensive research in refugee camps and urban areas including in Algeria, Cuba, Egypt, France, Lebanon, South Africa, Syria, Sweden, and the UK. At UCL I am Co-Director of the Migration Research Unit, and the coordinator of the Refuge in a Moving World research network (@RefugeMvingWrld).
Sada Mire, Assistant Professor, University of Leiden, Dr Sada Mire's research deals with current global challenges (sustainability, diversity and peace) from the perspective of cultural heritage, archaeology, art and development & rights. She focuses on fertility (sustainability of life) and peace-making (security) from perspectives of religion and identity in East and North-Africa. Dr Mire uses a multidisciplinary approach to material culture, indigenous beliefs, practices and knowledge systems, including traditional systems of natural and cultural heritage management and ethno-medicine. She uses also digital heritage as a inclusive technology for communities, especially in conflict- and post conflict zones, and for the researching, teaching and protection of heritage under threat.

A one-day event that will bring together researchers from UCL and the British Museum to consider future directions in African and Middle Eastern studies, with special attention to the changing context of fieldwork-based disciplines, collections and archives. We will seek to address how the global ambitions of major metropolitan universities and museums are to be reconciled with a problematic legacy of colonialism in these regions, and the shifting role of foreign institutions in relation to local partners.


Zarah Bennett
+44 (0) 2031087776 | zarah.bennett@ucl.ac.uk


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