Message posted on 15/05/2024

Call for archival workshop participants of Palestinian ancestry based in Scotland

Dear all,

In association with the National Library of Scotland, I will be running a 3-day workshop for Scotland-based participants of Palestinian descent creatively responding to rarely-seen Scottish film archives of 1930s Palestine.

Please do spread the word if you or anyone you know would be interested in creatively exploring film archives as practice through writing, performance and/or filmmaking and are of Palestinian descent based in Scotland (all levels are welcome!).

To express interest, you can complete the google form ( and for more info you can check the open call below:

CALL FOR WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS: Performing Diasporic Archival Counternarratives

In collaboration with the National Library of Scotland and the University of the West of Scotland, "Performing Diasporic Archival Counternarratives" is a workshop being held as part of a PhD research project at the University of the West of Scotland led by Greek-Palestinian PhD researcher and filmmaker Theo Panagopoulos.

The workshop explores the potential of a colonial film archive depicting rarely-seen 1930s Palestine in empowering the diasporic Palestinian community to reassert agency and create counternarratives through writing, performing and filming (no previous experience necessary).

The workshop is the culmination of Theo's PhD research that has been exploring Scottish film archives that he unearthed from the National Library of Scotland, presenting rarely seen coloured film images from 1935 Tiberias.

By working closely with the archival footage, the participants will explore their own connection with the material through writing, performing and filming. The workshop will take place in English.

The first two days of the workshop will take place in the Moving Image Archive of the National Library of Scotland (Kelvin Hall 1445 Argyle Street Glasgow G3 8AW) involving a small group comprised of 5-6 people of Palestinian descent. The venue for the final day is still TBD. Food and hot drinks will be provided.

Who can apply: Anyone who self-identifies as Palestinian, is at least 18 years of age, and is based in Scotland; preferably in Glasgow due to proximity to the venue, but other Scotland-based participants are also welcome to apply. Participants will need to cover their own travel expenses.

Participants will be selected based on suitability for the research project. Anyone who expresses interest but doesn't get selected will be contacted ahead of time and asked if they would like to be put on a waitlist for the possibility of a second workshop.

How to apply: Interest may be expressed by completing the Google form below before May 31st, 2024. Once you complete the form, you will be contacted through email with additional information on the workshop and an opportunity to ask questions before committing fully.

Expression of interest:

If you have any question prior to completing the form or have any accessibility needs, please get in touch with Theo directly:

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