Online Series: Exploring Identity & Belonging

Online discussions bringing together researchers, artists, activists and curious minds from across the globe to explore the relationship between conflict, migration, belonging and identity.
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Sharq.Org is hosting a series of online explorations throughout 2021, bringing together researchers, artists, and curious minds to share personal and professional experiences about belonging and identity.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

11 JUNE 2021
5-6pm EEST / Damascus time
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrcu6qqDgvHtRCGHKixNfWXz5Yop7CkEOY
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 will explore 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’

24 JUNE 2021
EXPLORING THE IMPACT OF CONFLICT & MIGRATION ON IDENTITY (Arabic)
Scholars from various Arab countries will explore the relationship between conflict, migration and identity in a series of discussions.
Registration will open soon.


PAST EVENTS:


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.

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