The Kelsey Museum is excited to announce that “Narrating Nubia: The Social Lives of Heritage” will soon be open. This temporary exhibit will be available for public viewing at the Duderstadt Center Gallery, located on the University of Michigan’s North Campus, from Tuesday, October 3, to Friday, October 27.

Funded by the U-M Humanities Collaboratory, “Narrating Nubia” is a research project that contributes to the decolonization of anthropological and archaeological fieldwork in Nubia—a region and ethnolinguistic community spanning southern Egypt and northern Sudan—through the development of collaborations with local communities. The project seeks to engage in reparative research practices as it explores and communicates the meanings of ancient and modern Nubia to diverse audiences. 

The exhibit at the Duderstadt Center Gallery will mark the conclusion of the three-year project by displaying the many educational materials and experiences its participants have developed. Supervised by project co-PI Geoff Emberling (associate research scientist at the Kelsey), the exhibit was developed by the entire “Narrating Nubia” team. Visitors can expect to learn about Nubian pasts, presents, and futures through an array of multimedia displays—from a presentation focusing on ongoing fieldwork in Sudan to an animated film about Egyptian Nubia to a podcast featuring interviews with artists and intellectuals from Sudan and the diaspora. 

This free exhibition will be open from 12 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays. More information on the “Narrating Nubia” project and directions to the Duderstadt Center Gallery can be found at