Wampanoag Perspectives Conference

Join the conference focused on acceptance, migration and freedom

Online, 20th January 2pm-6pm GMT

Bassetlaw Museum and Pilgrims Gallery will be hosting an online conference that encourages equality through exploring injustices through the lens of the Wampanoag perspective and the discrimination faced by wider groups.

The conference will feature keynote speakers such as Paula Peters, an activist and spokesperson representing the Wampanoag nation and Lord John Mann, an independent government advisor on anti-Semitism.  A series of case studies and break-out sessions will look at historical discrimination and highlight projects finding solutions to modern-day issues.

Photo by Katarzyna Wosiak

The conference is one element of the Wampanoag Perspective cultural exchange project funded by the Arts Council, Nottinghamshire County Council and Bassetlaw District Council. The week-long visit to Bassetlaw in September 2021 was an engaging educational opportunity for local students, residents and visitors to learn about Wampanoag culture and history.

“It’s been inspiring to forge new connections overseas,” said Paula Peters. “Connections that have deepened our understanding of the world around us and challenged the assumptions we once held as truth. Exploring ideological absolutes – civility and savagery, and freedom and tyranny – throughout the conference will hopefully allow us to grow into a better people tomorrow.”

Cllr Jo White, Cabinet Member for Regeneration at Bassetlaw District Council said: “The visit of representatives of the Wampanoag Nation was a great experience for residents, schools and visitors to Bassetlaw. Now we are pleased to be able to share the project story more widely and invite an international audience to engage with issues raised by the Wampanoag perspective.”

Councillor Keith Girling, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Economic Development and Asset Management Committee, said: “The Wampanoag Perspective Project has provided us with a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the unique culture of Native American traditions and how future generations can learn more about the importance of acceptance and inclusion.

“The visit of representatives of the Wampanoag Nation to Bassetlaw in September also gave us a greater understanding of the history surrounding the Mayflower Pilgrims story and the Wampanoag people and I am sure the forthcoming conference will be equally thought-provoking.”

The Museum and Gallery will work in partnership with Collab to continue the conversation sparked by the Wampanoag Perspective Project and reach an international audience. Attendees will be able to use Collab’s functionality to participate in different discussions and choose talks that best suit their interests and needs.

The conference will take place on Thursday 20 January 2022, from 2pm to 6pm (Greenwich Mean Time).

Sign up today to secure your place and receive updates about the session and confirmed keynote speakers: https://social.collab.org.uk/e/wampanoag-perspectives-conferenc/register

View the rich and exciting agenda here: WP conference agenda