Session I: Beyond Google

Introduced by Oxford PhD candidate Zainab Kabba, in this session filmmaker, writer and creative industries consultant, Imruh Bakari explores the avenues in which to foster the notion of discovering and ‘learning’ about history and heritage through more traditional research methods (e.g. searching archives) and their advantages compared to reliance on the internet. It will focus on discovering the material already existing within archives and the importance of bringing to the fore the stories that are ‘lost’ or subverted. It will also look at the notion of an archive and stress the importance of creating and maintaining an archive as an invaluable legacy to community and societal history and heritage. Zainab then gives her reflections on the topics discussed.

Session II: Why Our History is Our Present

This session begins with Oxford PhD candidate Zainab Kabba reading a vignette from her PhD. This is followed by Imruh Bakari’s second presentation where he looks at how history affects our present. He focuses on Muslim history and heritage, drawing in the wider socio-political context and examining it through an intergenerational lens.