On 25 May 2018, Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Refugee Hosts PI, will deliver a keynote address at an event exploring new research in the Middle East and Africa, convened by UCL and the British Museum.

The one-day event 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. The event 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. The day will open and close with keynote lectures from Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (UCL Geography, and Co-Director of the Migration Research Unit) and Sada Mire (University of Leiden, and alumna of the UCL Institute of Archaeology). This event will be open to the public, with opportunities for questions and discussion alongside scheduled talks.

To register your interest, and to request a free ticket, visit the Eventbrite page here. The event will take place between 09:00am to 18:00pm in room G6, UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PY.

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