Thank You

A big thank you to all of you. The sponsors and organisers, presenters and participants.

Check out the fine moments we shared in photos from the symposium (courtesy of Roya Hassan).

Sunday, April 10, 2016

An Overview

The Concept:
Over the last few decades, work on Sudan has dealt primarily with misery.  Sudanese and Sudanists, journalists and practitioners, have written about all the negatives we can imagine in any one society. This portrait is lacking an important ingredient.  It omits the fact that, at a very concrete level, Sudanese are working together towards making each other’s lives better.  To explore and illuminate these processes, our agenda for this symposium is to move into another realm of critical thought that is more forward looking—the concept of “hope.” Within this framework, we will consider not only divergent views and genealogies of hope, but also hope as a method, a pedagogy, and a significant element in knowledge formation. We follow the notion of “not-yet” in dealing with the temporal as well as latent qualities in hope. We highlight projects that focus on moments of human agency, use approaches that are open to the future, and involve a commitment to progressive change.
·         Federation of Sudanese Businessmen and Employers
·         Sondra and Gerry Hale
·         Impact Hub Khartoum
·         Sudanese Knowledge Society
Symposium Artist: Uz. Ismail Hassan (Bahri University) - See artist's interpretations
The Content of the Day:
The programme includes keynote presentations, an exhibition, a roundtable, group work, and a closing session. The evening programme consists of a storytelling session and stories of hope.
9.30 am
Arrival and Desk Registration (Romaysa Mohamed and Ahmed Ibrahim)
10 – 10.15
Welcome from the Sudanese Knowledge Society and Overview of the Day (Marwan Awad and Gada Kadoda)
10.15 – 11.30
The Concept of Hope: Opening Session
A Wikipedia of Hope (Gada Kadoda)
This presentation is dedicated to Dr. Amel Asim.
11.30 – 12
Moments and Practices of Hope: Participants’ Discussion
Audience responding to the morning programme. These reflections will start with some examples of “Hope in Sudanese Cultures” (Fatima Salah)
Moderator: Dalia Eisa
12 – 2 pm
Lunch Break & Exhibition
Hope Made Concrete: An Exhibition  [Exhibitors' Statements on the Future]
Exhibitors: The Youth Forum; Practical Action (Sudan); Sudanese Organisation for Research and Development (SORD); Barefoot College Solar Engineers; (ينابيع الخيرات - الأتحاد التعاوني النسوي المتعدد الأنشطة) Multipurpose Women’s Cooperative Union; Tartar Studio; Innovation and Entrepreneurship Community  (IEC); and Friends of Children Society (AMAL).
Coordinators: Fatima Salah, Eman Mahmadin, Sahl Yassin and Nada Ali
2 – 3
Activating Hope: A Roundtable
Discussants: Uz. Hadia Hasaballa (Ahfad University for Women), Dr. Musa Elkhalifa (Omdurman Ahlia University), Uz. Roselinda Shanta Taw and Uz. Salih Elyisir (Union of Nuba Mountain Students at Sudanese Universities and Higher Education Institutions/Ascot Cultural Association), Uz. Sana Makawi (SWRC), and Uz. Sami Salah (Gesr for Development).
Moderator: Sondra Hale
3 – 4
Collective Creativity: A Group Work [See participants' works]
Moderator: Lena Elshiekh, Impact Hub Khartoum
4 – 4.30
Coffee/Refreshments Break
4.30 – 5
Things Come Together: Closing Session
Moderators: Sondra Hale and Gada Kadoda
7.30 – 9pm
Evening Programme
Storytelling and Stories of Hope: Evening Session
Uz. Mohamed Yahia (Alhajjay) (صانع الأمنيات), Uz. Abeer Rabei Youness (Cairo University) and Uz. Khalil Elmasry (Selmeyya Network, Egypt) – via video, with audience participation.
Moderators: Nada Mahmoud and Sondra Hale

What would participants take away from the symposium?
We may take away ideas about the ways in which knowledge is produced out of worthwhile projects that have used the theoretical lens of hope; the ways that critical education contains hope; and the ways in which we can conceive of hope as a method.
Information for Participants:
Participation in this symposium is free and open to the public. However, we require registration. Please fill out the online registration form.
Planning Team:
Uz. Fatima Salah, Uz. Eman Mahmadin, Uz. Hana Elsadig, Uz. Mai Bashir, Eng. Marwan Adam, Uz. Nada Mahmoud, Uz. Sahl Yassin, Eng. Wigdan Seed Ahmed, and Uz. Yahia Holi.
Support Team:
Eng. Ahmed Mubarak, Uz. Amal Adam, Uz. Dalia Eisa, Uz. Hamdi Salaheldin, Uz. Lena Elshiekh, Uz. Nasser Bur, Eng. Rayan Almubarak, Uz. Rofaida Elzubair, Uz. Romaysa Mohamed, and Uz. Roya Hassan.
Conceptual Coordinators: Dr. Gada Kadoda and Professor Sondra Hale.