Symposium – 24th October 2018 (2pm – 6pm)

At this event guest speakers discussed their work in The Archive and the Contested Landscape exhibition as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas.


  1. Contested Landscape, Uncontested Archives – Nawrast Sabah Abd Alwahab
  2. Brain Computer Music Interfacing (BCMI) with Meditation – Krisztián Hofstadter
  3. The Mind Journey – Shaima al-Sitrawi
  4. Sites of Destruction, Artefacts of Compassion: Discourse of Dialogue Traversing Conflict Topography – Artists Activists and Stuart Carding Cox
  5. Shared Water, Contested Water – Sarah Strachan
  6. Stirbitch: An Imaginary – Michael Hrebeniak
  7. عادة بناء  RE-CONSTRUCT – Josepa Munoz
  8. ambulithics project – emily fitzell and james rogers
  9. If the cloud allows – Sally Stenton
  10. The History Radar, Zeituhr 1938 – Frederick Baker 
  11. Via sound – Farah Mulla
  12. Resemblance to Other Animals – Andrew Vallance
  13. Lunette – A Deep History of Australian ClimateIan Moffat

Venue: RUS203 (Ruskin Building) Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge  CB1 1PT.

All welcome. No booking required.


Symposium – 22nd March 2018 (4pm – 8pm)

This event introduced The Archive and the Contested Landscape as theme and announced an Open Call for Creative Works by way of response.


Speakers presented their recent research in relation to the theme with a particular focus, at this event, on The Archive of the Mesopotamian Plains.

Jannane Al Ani is an Artist and Senior Research Fellow at the University of the Arts, London. Working with photography, film and video, she has an ongoing interest in the documentary tradition, through intimate recollections and more official accounts. Her work also engages with the landscape of the Middle East, its archaeology and its visual representation with recent work referencing the use of lens-based technologies in modern warfare and surveillance. Her work is in the collections of the Tate (London), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), and Darat al Funun (Amman).

Nawrast Sabah Abd Alwahab is a Geologist and Sedimentology Lecturer at the University of Basrah, whose current research is focused on the stratigraphy and climate change record, of the Mesopotamian marshland and certain archaeological sites, during the Quaternary Period, with a special interest in moving beyond scientific paradigms to philosophical enquiry.

Kelcy Davenport is an Artist, PhD Candidate, and Associate Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, whose research explores how art functions as resistance today, aiming to locate and examine the essential aspects, via a creative practice of reworking, and re-purposing institutions of theatre, geographical mapping, and education- a relation that becomes interaction.

Sarah Nankivell holds an MPhil. in Archaeological Heritage and Museums from the University of Cambridge, where her research focused on the destruction of heritage sites in conflict and the discursive representation of these events through the media. Sarah is currently the Programme Manager of Forensic Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London.  She also recently co-curated, together with Dr. Dacia Viejo-Rose, the exhibition Restoring truth to ruins? (Cambridge, 2017) investigating the relationship between heritage and truth by asking what we can learn from the process of reproducing the past.


Schedule of Events:

Fossils of Al-Hammar Marshes, Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences (4pm – 5pm)

Drinks Reception, South Lecture Room, Department of Archaeology (5pm – 6pm)

Presentations, South Lecture Room, Department of Archaeology (6pm – 8pm)

Address: Downing Street, Cambridge.  CB2 3DZ

*All welcome.

This event is generously supported by an Outreach Grant from the

British Institute for the Study of Iraq.