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Thursday, August 20 • 11:00am - 11:30am
Q&A Session for S22 - Imagining the Holy: Digitally Transforming Our Understanding of Historic Palestine

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This is a live Q&A discussion with the speakers of this pre-recorded, on-demand session.


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Session Description
The National Geographic Society Archives and researcher Yazan Kopty, with a network of participants, are working to re-envision National Geographic's photography collection of Palestine. Kopty's project, "Imagining the Holy," connects audiences to the geographic and cultural heritage of twentieth century Palestine and contextualizes the rapid social and political changes in this region. This session will explore how the project seeks to broaden and de-bias the Western narrative and reframe the records in a post-colonial context.

McVey: Methods of Digitization and Dissemination for Collaborative Archival Transformation
Kopty: Indigenizing the Archive
Manco: Contextualizing National Geographic photography in historic Palestine


Julie McVey

Manager, Digital Preservation Archive, National Geographic Society
Julie McVey is a digital archivist and the manager of the National Geographic Society's Digital Preservation Archive. She holds an MLIS and an MA in History from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Sara Manco

Senior Photo Archivist, National Geographic Society
Sara Manco earned a MA in Photo Preservation from Ryerson University, has worked in archives across Washington, D.C. and manages the historic collection of photographs at National Geographic Society.

Yazan Kopty

Lead Investigator, Imagining the Holy Grant Project, Independent Researcher
Yazan Kopty is a writer, oral historian, and National Geographic Explorer. His work centers around the acts of listening and narrating, focusing especially on memory as resistance and community-sourced history.

Thursday August 20, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am CDT
Live Only (Not Recorded)