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BLAB X Don't Settle: Where's My Past?


BLAB X Don't Settle: Where's My Past?

BLAB and Don’t Settle would like to introduce ‘Where’s My Past?’, a space for you to explore, engage and discuss how to future-proof heritage for the communities of tomorrow. This will be a collaboration to launch the Don’t Settle project with an engaging discussion, performance and networking with refreshments.

Don't Settle empowers 16 - 25 year olds from minoritised communities in Birmingham and the Black Country to change the voice of heritage through the arts, research, and governance.

Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum

Millennium Point, Curzon St, Birmingham B4 7XG

22nd February 2019

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

At BLAB X Don’t Settle you can expect to:

Hear from key heritage decision makers and artivists discussing issues surrounding representation in museums.

Enter into live conversation with speakers to share your thoughts and questions.

Engage in a thought-provoking performance from celebrated poet Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan.

Experience how your voice can impact the stories of local communities.

Learn how to get involved with Don’t Settle over the next three years.

Speakers include:

Dr Kehinde Andrews - Professor. Author. Founder of Harambee.

Dr Ellen McAdam - Director of Birmingham Museums Trust.

Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan - Writer. Spoken Word Poet. Speaker.

Yasmina Silva - Student. Poet. Activist.

About the speakers:

Dr Kehinde Andrews @kehinde_andrews

Dr Kehinde Andrews is a professor of Black Studies at Birmingham City University and the author of ‘Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century’. Kehinde led the development of the Black Studies course and is Director of the Centre for Critical Social Research; founder of the Harambee Organisation of Black Unity; and co-chair of the Black Studies Association. The Black Studies cluster at Birmingham City University is the main academic partner of Don’t Settle.

Dr Ellen McAdam

Dr Ellen McAdam has been Director of Birmingham Museums Trust (BMT) since October 2013. She worked for a number of heritage organisations including Oxford Archaeology and the Museum of London before joining Glasgow Museums as Collections Services Manager, becoming Head of Museums and Collections. She contributed to HLF-funded capital projects including Kelvingrove, Glasgow Museums Resource Centre Phase 2 and Kelvin Hall. BMT is one of the heritage partners of Don’t Settle.

Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan @thebrownhijabi

Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan is a writer, spoken-word poet, speaker, and educator. She is invested in unlearning the modalities of knowledge she has internalised, disrupting power relations, and interrogating narratives around race/ism, gender(ed oppression), Islamophobia, state violence, knowledge production, and (de)coloniality. She holds a BA in History from Cambridge University, and an MA in Postcolonial Studies from SOAS and regularly writes, speaks, performs and workshops on Islamophobia, racism, feminism, and poetry both nationally and internationally.

Yasmina Silva @yasmeeener

Student. Poet. Activist. Intersectionality features greatly in Yasmina’s work - both in academia and the arts - and aims to deconstruct the world around to empower marginalized identities, teach love and express the frustrations that come with activism. Yasmina also looks to celebrate the beauty of womanhood, blackness and the diversity of cultures in the world because they are all integral to humanity. She is an advocate of African unity and progression with ambitions of promoting social development through the arts, starting with her home country of Guinea Bissau. Yasmina was also involved in the original co-creation of Don’t Settle.

About the projects:


BLAB (BackLash Against The Bland) is a series of live, interactive, accessible conversation based events in secret locations across Birmingham, designed to ask the most difficult questions about the arts and the arts industry. Join the conversation on the day and hear guests as they try to answer your questions and engage you in a discussion on the topic of the day: “Where’s My Past?” Don’t Settle:

Don’t Settle will empower young people to develop the skills and confidence to engage meaningfully and strategically with heritage organisations to co-create, deliver and evaluate innovative youth engagement structures. Young people will explore the notion of reclaiming spaces, exhibitions, and ultimately historical narratives through art. Exploring the impact of industrialism and empire on heritage, they will connect that to their heritage and their communities in order to create structures, processes, and projects which future-proof heritage for the communities of tomorrow.

Don’t forget to tell us what you think:  


Instagram: @_wedontsettle

Twitter: @wedontsettle

This event is wheelchair accessible.

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