Mehelle Submission Form
"What is Mehelle?"

Mehelle is a new project from Ajam Media Collective dedicated to preserving the sights, sounds, and memories of rapidly-changing neighborhoods in Central Asia, Iran, and the Caucasus. Utilizing digital mapping, 360 degree video, and conventional photography, Mehelle will serve as a resource for local inhabitants, community organizers, and urban researchers long after such neighborhoods have been demolished, gentrified, or transformed by private and state-led construction projects.

"Where does the Mehelle get its stuff from?"

You. Simple as that. You send us individual or collections of photographs, documents, or other artifacts, and we work with you to organize, curate, and publish them. You can even publish anonymously.

"What kind of submissions does Mehelle accept?"

Honestly, almost anything.

Stories and Personal Testimonies – recollections of your time in a neighborhood, memories of a particular place, etc.
Family Treasures – letters, journals, official documents like marriage contracts, birth and death certificates.
Travel Memorabilia – tickets, postcards, photo albums, video reels.
Schools and Education – report cards, honors and awards, school notebooks, class pictures.
Business Documents – contracts, business cards, other items.
Religious Life – recordings, prayer materials.
Printed Papers – posters, pamphlets, magazines.

"Why the Ajam Mehelle Project?"

Ajam has been covering urban space and transformation for as long as we've been on the net. Now, we figure we can try something new -- to build a space that encourages the interaction between scholars and locals in the production of knowledge about material culture, memory, and urban space.

"I want to contribute."

Great. Let’s get to it. Fill out this form, and then send us an email at with your own photographs of the items. We'll send you an email with instructions on how to move forward. We might want to see and photograph your submissions in person, which is why we ask for your current location.
Your name: *
Contact email *
Your current location (city, state, country): *
Do you prefer to be anonymous? *
Describe your submission(s): *
For each individual item, please format like so: [item]: [description]. Include noteworthy details, such as names, cities, religion, ethicnity, relationships, and significance of the item. If you have a larger collection of related items, like a photo album of photographs, it is not necessary to describe each item individually.
Please date your submission(s): *
For each individual item, please format like so: [item]: [year]. If an exact date is unknown, provide your best estimation, and let us know that you are unsure.
I understand that renderings of my item(s) may be made available on Mehelle at *
Email us your own photographs (or other files) of your media! Label the file(s) with your name, and email them as attachments to *
We highly recommend that you use a scanner to send us high-quality images of your documents, photographs, and other flat texts, and recommend that JPEG files be at least 500x500 pixels. It's best that you email us before you submit this form, to ensure that you don't forget!
How did you hear about Mehelle? *
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