[P4755] Memory and identity: The significance of locality in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Egypt and Israel/Palestine

Created by James Whidden
Tuesday, 11/21/17 1:00pm


An object, an event, a landscape can refer to the absent, as well as to the present. This panel investigates imperial, colonial, marginal or subordinate communities in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Egypt and Israel/Palestine. To do so it explores various memorials and performances (tombs, funerals, rituals, narratives, and images), asking how these signify belonging, inclusion, exclusion, or, as the papers conclude, the complicated relationship between different points of identification in a locality. The relationship between the imperial/national and the locality is by no means a monolithic one. As well as being fractured into a variety of approaches (administrative, police, military, consular, historic, economic, religious, leisure), there are also multiple voices reflecting identities, sometimes in conflict. How are these resolved? How do they sustain identities otherwise suppressed or silenced? Using various theoretical approaches, including discourse, narrative, legal, performative, the papers conclude that identities exhibit a degree of cultural porousness and exchange, even within the model of dominant and subordinate, imperial and colonial, colonial and colonized, state and citizen. The social and cultural exclusiveness of one voice or performance disguises a much more profound set of cultural interchanges. The presence of these multiple strands underlines plurality while likewise charting the trend to narrow down the points of identification under the impact of political conflict and war, or nationalism and other collective fabrications. These papers seek to illuminate these multiple strands and the manner in which individuals or groups can call up these in memory, performance, memorials as a sign of loss, as a tool of exclusion, or as a claim to inclusion.





James Whidden

(Acadia University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Organizer; Presenter;

Shana E. Minkin

(Sewanee: The University of the South)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Sara Nimis

(American Research Center in Egypt)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Ruth Amir

(Yezreel Valley College)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;