Last term, Jok Madut Jok has been resident at the Pitt Rivers Museum as a TORCH-Mellon ‘Global South visiting professor‘. Jok was formally the Undersecretary for Culture in the Government of South Sudan and has been a key members of the South Sudan Museum Network.
As part of his programme in Oxford, TORCH supported a 2 day film workshop for South Sudanese diaspora members in the UK to visit the Pitt Rivers Museum, see some of the South Sudanese collections and gain experience in film making. The workshop was facilitated by Zoe Broughton from Film Oxford.
The group made a film titled ‘Exploring our South Sudanese Identity at the Pitt Rivers Museum.’ The film raises a number of important questions about the value of material cultural heritage in carrying and expressing memory, emotional connections to ‘home’ and belonging in diaspora.