Retelling the Histories We Know?
Friday 23 February 2024, 1 pm – 2 pm
Radcliffe Humanities Building
Join us for our second panel discussion of the term, with Annabelle Gilmore (Birmingham), Jessica Nyassa (UCL), and Montaz Marche (Birmingham), who will be speaking around the theme, ‘Retelling the Histories We Know?’. On this theme, we will be discussing the concepts of resistance through time, re-telling marginalised histories, and writing alternative histories. This session will be a conversation between the panellists, facilitated by Holly Cooper, with a Q&A at the end.
Annabelle Gilmore (she/her)
Annabelle is in the final year of her PhD at the University of Birmingham. Her thesis, ‘Slavery and Empire on Display at Charlecote Park in Warwickshire’ is in collaboration with the National Trust and funded by Midlands4Cities. Her work explores how the narratives of enslavement sit ever-present, yet quieted, in the art objects displayed today and works to reconnect these histories. When she can, Annabelle also explores the history of the Black people who lived in eighteenth century Warwickshire; some of this work can be found in a chapter of Many Struggles, published by Pluto Press.
Jessica Nyassa (she/her)
Jessica Nyassa is an accomplished historian with a passion for uncovering the hidden and less discovered histories. She earned her undergraduate degree in History at the University of Warwick, where she honed her research skills and developed a deep appreciation for historical inquiry. Currently, Jessica is pursuing her Master’s degree in Medieval and Renaissance History at University College London (UCL). She focuses particularly on the Mali empire in the 14th century and the regions religious and economic connections with the rest of the world. Her academic journey has allowed her to explore the intricate web of historical events and their profound influence on society.
Montaz Marche (she/her)
Montaz Marché is a historian, writer, and theatre director, completing her PhD at the University of Birmingham, examining black women’s lives in eighteenth-century London. She works as a Project Lead at UCL on the This is Black Britain project and is the Artistic Director of the Ruckus Theatre Company. She regularly works in historical consultancy, media, television, and public engagement and has recently featured on television and radio projects with the BBC and Channel 4.