The Face of Knowledge

Parallel Session

From teachers to writers, documentary makers to publishers, we ask the question: who presents us with knowledge? Are they inclusive in their approach?

We invite you to join historian David Olusoga, social media activist Mariam Khan and other thinkers from a variety of fields for a round table discussion on ‘The Face of Knowledge’.

David Olusoga is a British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster and BAFTA award-winning presenter and filmmaker. David’s book Black and British: A Forgotten History was longlisted for the Orwell Prize, shortlisted for the inaugural Jhalak Prize, winner of the 2017 PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize and was a Waterstones History Book of the Year.

Mariam Khan is a Muslim feminist activist, diversity in books pusher and freelance writer. She blogs at, has written for Femsplain and Sister-Hood online and tweets as @helloiammariam. She loves Hindi films, reading and is currently editing a collection of essays about the Muslim female experience to be published by Pan Macmillan, and writing her first novel.

Hosted by Pan Macmillan and Springer Nature, the open event takes inspiration from founders Daniel and Alexander Macmillan, who first began publishing 175 years ago this year. Both men had fiercely curious minds and from the very start brought authors and readers from a wide range of fields together to discuss new ideas – character traits which Macmillan companies continue to embody today. ‘Open to all and sundry’, Alexander Macmillan’s gatherings in the company’s offices during the 19th century saw the great thinkers of the age – including writers, scientists, artists, poets and philosophers – come together to share knowledge. These fruitful discussions led to many new friendships and innovations, including the foundation of Nature in 1869.

Spaces are limited so please sign up in advance to join the conversation, registration via Eventbrite.

This session is being delivered by Knowledge Quarter partner and conference sponsor Pan Macmillan.

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