Merchants and Miracles

News and events

This page provides updates on the project's progress as well as information on related events and publications.

Educational workshops June-July 2019

 Making History

Over the course of June and July 2019, the Planet Bethlehem Archive team is trialling a series of educational workshops at the University of Sussex titled "Making History with Digital Archives". These workshops are held in partnership with the Sussex Widening Participation team which works to improve access to higher education. The Planet Bethlehem workshops invite year 10 students (aged 14-15) to the Univeristy of Sussex to take part in interactive sessions in which they explore the Planet Bethlehem Archive usinig tablets, and work collaboratively to reach their own interpretations of the materials they find.  

For more information on the workshops, click here 

Digital Arab Diasporas conference 24 April 2019

DAD poster

The Planet Bethlehem Archive project is holding an international symposium at the University of Sussex on 24 April 2019 titled "Digital Arab Diasporas".


The conference brings together archivists, artists, academics and activists from across the Arabic-speaking diaspora to discuss the ways they are preserving and sharing the stories of Arab migrants and diaspora communities. The event will include a keynote speech from Prof Akram Khater of North Carolina State University, as well as speakers from Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Somalia, Algeria, the UK, the U.S and Sweden.


For more information, including how to reserve your free ticket, please visit the eventbrite page.


The conference is funded by the Merchants and Miracles AHRC grant as well as generous support from the Sussex Humanities Lab.



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