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Summary: – What types of alternative and independent archives and memory projects are emerging globally and more specifically in the Middle East?
– What role can they play in neutralizing hegemonic narratives and in bringing forth diverse voices and discourses?
– Is there a relationship between these new independent initiatives and democratic participatory processes?
– What impact can independent and decentralized archives have on the development of knowledge and scholarship?
– What are the practical and theoretical needs of these new forms of archives? – How can we capitalize on the potential of these initiatives?
Monika Borgmann, co-founder of UMAM Documentation and Research (Beirut), a non-profit organization that aims to raise awareness on civil violence and war memories in Lebanon.
Sebastian Lütgert, artist, programmer and writer based in Berlin and co-initiator of PAD.MA.
Negar Azimi, Senior Editor of Bidoun Magazine and member of the Arab Image Foundation.
Kristine Khouri, researcher and co-founder, History of Arab Modernities in the Visual Arts Study Group (Beirut).