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This event is organised by Dr Mai Musié for the Inclusion, Participation and Engagement Fellowship at the Institutes of Classical Studies, of English Studies and of Languages, Cultures and Societies. 

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Join us for our first online event in a series of discussion workshops exploring migration and Blackness in Northeast African diaspora communities through ancient Greek storytelling.

In this online workshop we will be exploring classical mythological stories that centres ‘Aithiopian’ voices and the impact these stories have had on modern Ethiopian-Eritrean diaspora communities. We invite discussions on: the power of storytelling, perilous journeys, treasures and tokens from home, hidden/forgotten voices, and people's sense of identity and belonging.

Dr Awet Araya, is an Eritrean archaeologist and museum curator. He currently works at the British Museum as Africa Project Curator. His research areas and interest are the historical archaeology and heritage of the medieval Horn of Africa and its interconnections with the Indian Ocean world and the Gulf. His PhD at the University of Exeter (UK), looked at the archaeology of African presence in Bahrain and the Gulf during the Islamic period (7th-20th century AD).

Dr Yoseph Araya, is a Senior Lecturer in Ecology & Environmental Sciences at the Open University. Yoseph is an academic consultant and has contributed to an OU-BBC production of Green Planet, a 5 episode exploration of how plants survive and support our earth.

Yoseph also participates in mentoring programmes for underrepresented groups with British Ecological Society, Institute for Environmental Science and more recently with the Equator Mentoring Network (funded by NERC). Another recent project is Walking the Talk , which aims to understand and encourage outdoor engagement of underrepresented groups. He is involved in the role of public parks for public health and aging well with Dr Jitka Vseteckova and MK Parks Trust ( and The Parks Trust podcats.

Dr Sarah Derbew, is an Assistant Professor of Classics at Stanford University USA. She writes, teaches, and speaks widely about ancient Greece's literary and visual heritage, considering its representations of black people that 'nimbly provoke' - and cut through - hierarchies. Sarah recently finished her first book - Untangling Blackness in Greek Antiquity - in which she uses critical race theory and performance theory to sift through ancient formulations of blackness. She is currently researching the intersections
between Greek and African antiquity, focusing on northeast Africa.

Visit Sarah’s website for further information about her work.

Dr Mai Musié, is an ancient historian and a public engagement professional. She is currently the IPE Fellow at the Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Study. She works with Swansea University and University of Oxford on impact and engagement activities and projects. Her research explores race and ethnicity in the ancient world, investigating how the ‘other’ is represented in ancient Greek and Roman literary sources.

Mai is passionate about exploring the interconnectivity between the ancient Mediterranean world and northeast Africa. She has organised and consulted on history and heritage projects that foster co-curation, co-production, and building equitable relationships between communities and researchers.

Visit Mai’s website for further information about her work.