Narrating Nubia: The Social Lives of Heritage – University of Michigan Humanities Collaboratory

Narrating Nubia

The Social Lives of Heritage


University of Michigan Humanities Collaboratory

About the Project

Narrating Nubia: The Social Lives of Heritage is a project supported by the University of Michigan Humanities Collaboratory that contributes to decolonizing fieldwork practices of cultural anthropologists and archaeologists working in Nubia—a region and ethnolinguistic community spanning southern Egypt and northern Sudan.

Against the colonial history of our disciplines, we aim to build reparative research practices in which we work collaboratively with local communities to develop and disseminate knowledge about Nubian pasts, presents, and futures. Working with community stakeholders, we will co-create short films, exhibits and historical walking tours, oral archives and podcast episodes, and immersive educational experiences. These are intended for diverse audiences, from heritage communities to activists to a range of academic disciplines.

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