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The Oral History Society (OHS) has, in partnership with the Institute of Historical Research, been critically reflecting on its record of engagement with organisations that are visibly minoritised within the UK and projects that relate to remembering, capturing and preserving stories from members of these communities.  The idea and commitment to dialogue follows from the Oral History Society’s determination to acquire greater awareness and appreciation of global majority history, and the need for greater inclusivity in terms of the Society’s organisation, practice and publications.

In this tenth edition of the In Dialogue series, first established in 2022, our guest speakers Danaé Wellington and Milton Brown will be reflecting on  the use of oral history in Film and Video.  This will be followed by a discussion led by Juanita Cox for the OHS and opened to the audience.

Chair: Rumi Dahar, Ph.D. Candidate, SOAS

Discussant:  Heather Norris Nicholson, Oral History Society

Speakers: Danaé Wellington, Sheffield Poet Laureate & Founder and Cultural Producer at Odd Child Productions, and Dr Milton Brown, Founder & CEO of Kirkless Local TV.

Bios below:

Rumi Dahar (he/they) is an AHRC-funded Ph.D. candidate in the School of History, Religions, and Philosophies at SOAS. His collectively-produced research explores the spiritual & embodied, political and philosophical project of seeking. The communal nature and queer temporalities and orientations of the seeking/becoming journey are reflected in oral history interviews, in which Muslims of marginalised genders and sexualities wove together their life histories and relationships with Islam, Islamic feminism, and (inclusive) Muslim spaces. Rumi co-curated an exhibition inspired by the oral history interviews in order to bring the stories and reflections to their wider LGBTQIA+ and feminist Muslim community and beyond. They are a Holstein Doctoral Fellow in Queer and Trans Studies in Religion at University of California, Riverside, and a trustee of the Oral History Society. 

Heather Norris Nicholson is a member of Oral History’s editorial team and currently an independent writer and researcher. She has worked extensively with visual and oral sources to create more inclusive historical understanding in and beyond Britain. Her interests in archival underrepresentation, memory and identity have contributed to recent oral history-related projects with West Yorkshire’s African Caribbean descent communities. 

Danaé Wellington is a Jamaican-British poet and multi-disciplinary artist based in Sheffield.  She is the founder of Odd Child Productions, a Black and neurodiverse-led events and production company. Danaé is the current Sheffield Poet Laureate (2022-2024) and has been published in several anthologies including Halfway Smile and Surfing the Twilight (Hive 2018/2019) and has written for Black Ballad UK and is featured in the anthology (October 2023) Spit Out The Myth: Three Sheffield Poets alongside Silé Sibanda and Warda and published by Poetry Business in partnership with Off the Shelf. She is an alumnus of the Hive South Yorkshire network and Obsidian Foundation (2023) and has performed at a number of festivals including Ted Hughes Poetry Festival, Tramlines, Sheaf Poetry Festival, and Off the Shelf.

Her work foregrounds Jamaican folk culture, spirituality from an African-Caribbean perspective, and the ways in which race, gender, and liberation intersects in the 21st century.

A former neo-soul vocalist, Danaé has featured on records several artists including Maurice Fulton and Tuesday Born and shared stages with Linton Kwesi-Johnson, Warda Yassin, and Moor Mother. In 2021 she released her debut LP Good Fruit produced by Maurice Fulton and produced her first documentary-film ‘Passing the Baton: The Legacy of the Windrush Pioneers’ which documents the impact of the Windrush Generation on Sheffield’s cultural landscape. Her second short film Who We Were; Who We Became filmed by Darshan Gajjar was premiered as part of Off The Shelf Festival 2023 and will be screening at the Windrush Caribbean Film Festival 2024 and the 11th International Video Poetry Film Festival 2024 in Athens, Greece.

Dr Milton Brown is the founder, member, and current CEO of Kirklees Local TV (https://kirkleeslocaltv.com), established in 2012. He leads the organisation's objectives to increase civic engagement, continuously improve KLTV's financial independence, pursue inclusion, celebrate diversity, and proactively contribute to social justice.   His documentary filmmaking started in 2012 and covers various ethnicities and social and cultural challenges faced by diverse groups in England. These films include:

Huddersfield and the NHS: The Caribbean Connection (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=kirklees+local+tv+windrush+untold+stories): The film explores the contribution to the national Health Service by the first and second Windrush generation in Huddersfield West Yorkshire

Caribbean Through the Lens (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puG7bpEFpJ0&t=20s): The film celebrates Windrush  first generations arrival in Huddersfield West Yorkshire

A Journey of Faith: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW3NheFuRe0&t=16s):  The film celebrates Huddersfield Windrush first generation who arrived in Huddersfield with their faith. 

Dr Brown's doctoral thesis, The Illegitimate Son of England: An Autoethnographic and Psycho-Analytical Study of 'Navigating Race and Constructing Identity within the African Caribbean British Descent Community from the 1960s to Present (2019),included the award-winning documentary Windrush: The Years After A Community Legacy on Film. ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EYxia9qFnU ) 

He is a decorated veteran who served in the Royal Air Force for nine years between 1980 and 1989 and is qualified Psycho-analytical Organisational Development Consultant with 35 years of experience.






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This event is free to attend, but booking is required.