Sharq.Org hosted a series of online explorations throughout 2021, bringing together researchers, artists, and curious minds to share personal and professional experiences about belonging and identity.
24 JUNE 2021
EXPLORING THE IMPACT OF CONFLICT & MIGRATION ON IDENTITY (Arabic)
Scholars from various Arab countries explored the relationship between conflict, migration and identity in a series of discussions.
11 JUNE 2021
5-6pm EEST / Damascus time
EXPLORING THE IMPACT OF CONFLICT & MIGRATION ON IDENTITY (English)
Led by Reem Maghribi, Rahaf Aldoughli, Zaina Erhaim, Maria Kouvarou, Noor Ghazal Aswad, Sarah Mills.
These scholars and writers explored notions of: ‘women of colour’, ‘diaspora pan-Arabism’, ‘constructing post-conflict identities’, ‘love, blood and propaganda’, ‘blending identities through music’, and ‘deconstructing narratives through story sharing’.
9 MAY 2021
MIGRANT EXPERIENCES OF BELONGING & IDENTITY (ENGLISH)
Narrative, visual and performance artists shared their personal and professionals experiences of migration and its impact on belonging and identity in a series of short creative interactive interventions.
Annetta Benzar, author of I am Cyprus…
opened a window into the diversity of the island’s population
Logan Bellew, photographer & installation-focused artist…
took us on a visual journey of his unique relationship with Cyprus
Costantia Manoli, author and illustrator…
discussed migration in children’s literature
Sholeh Zahraei & Kamil Saldun, filmmakers…
explored the impact on conflict on identity following a screening of their short film “The Olive Tree at the Border”
Arianna Koudounas, poet…
introduces her work on healing, re-connection and Cypriot diaspora identity
Konstantina Skalionta, dance artist…
presented works that explore identity and migration
Natasha Lowery, Sophia Lara Staffiero and Lilia Kapsari, co-author of ‘Rooted in Soil, Shifting Waters: Writing the Sea that Holds a Thousand Colors’….
shared her exploration of belonging, ancestors, and the vulnerabilities associated with co-writing
14 MARCH 2021
FEMALE EXPERIENCES OF BELONGING & IDENTITY (ENGLISH)
Video recordings of this unique event will be published here soon.
This event was organised and hosted in collaboration with Collectiva Inanna
A constellation of women from across the eastern Mediterranean shared their poetry, music, art, films, thoughts and experiences of belonging and identity.
Manuella Mavromichalis, visual artist & poet
….. made us LOL with her MEME filled poetry film about aging disgracefully, before guiding us around the female body in a lightning creative workshop
Hind Shoufani, poet & filmmaker
….. read one of her poems about love and travel before introducing us to The Granddaughter Diaries
Seba Ali, pianist & educator
….. explored the impact of religion, race and gender in finding success in a male-dominated industry
Maria Kouvarou, musician & poet
….. guided an interactive discussion about the role fathers play in guiding and shaping daughters
Bahriye Kemal, writer & educator
….. talked about physical and mental displacement and how it impacts our sense of belonging
Reem Maghribi, writer & story curator
…. guided a group exploration of the relationship between geography, identity and belonging
Cultures reflected through the multi-layered identities of the speakers and their stories include Syrian, Cypriot, Egyptian, Turkish, Greek, Libyan, and Palestinian.