Objects Can't Speak Roundtable

23rd November 2018 17:30
Sackler Rooms, Clore Learning Studio
British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
Who decides what is 'history'?

What do Roman bronze heads have in common with caricatures of the Prime Minister in yesterday’s newspaper?

Why did Ancient Egyptians risk their lives to carve their name into the sides of pyramids, and why might this relate to widespread feelings of political powerlessness we have today?

Are we programmed to protest?

Come with us as we get up close and personal with the acclaimed exhibition I Object: Ian Hislop's Search for Dissent and allow your seditious mind to wander back in time as we examine representations of power - and rebellion - from the ancient past to the present day.

We will ponder the above questions and more as we gather together at the heart of the British cultural establishment in mutinous collective spirit. The evening will be overseen by a special guest poet Belinda Zhawi, who will produce a new piece of work based upon ideas provoked by our dialogue and then perform it live as the event draws to a close.

This event is primarily aimed at 16-25 year olds.


Poet in the City Producers is a group of talented 16-25 year olds producing live events, discussions and campaigns to ensure young people have a stake in the future of poetry.

Belinda Zhawi is a Zimbabwean born writer, educator and London Laureate for 2015-16. She has performed across the UK in numerous venues, festivals and events including Africa Writes, Bestival, and the Southbank Centre. Belinda co-founded and hosts the monthly poetry night, BORN::FREE. She was also the 2016/17 Associate Poet for the ICA.
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