March 2021 marks the 10-year anniversary of the conflict in Syria. Since 2011, more than 12 million people have left the country and around 30,000 individuals have resettled in the UK. Amid the devastation of the pandemic, the world has forgotten these refugees.
A new oral history project entitled Syrian Voices shines a light on the struggles and triumphs of ordinary Syrians now resettled in the U.K. through a series of film and zoom recorded interviews. The aim is to create a lasting digital archive, using community and participatory history frames and representing perspectives which are often over-looked in the archival record. It also records aspects of emotion and affect. Another key aim is to raise awareness, harness technology for community participation and build support for digital archival history.
Mehreen Saigol and Angela Flynn will briefly discuss the project and introduce a short film on Muradi Bakir, this will be followed by a round-table discussion with Muradi Bakir, Elisabeth Bolorinos and Meryem Kalayci.
You will be contacted within 48 hours of the event via Eventbrite with the Zoom link for this event. Please be aware tickets will close 30 minutes before the event.”