[P6578] Revolutionary Revisionings: Transforming Tunisia’s History and Patrimony, Post 2011

Created by Silvia Marsans-Sakly
Thursday, 12/02/21 2:00 pm


Our panel asserts that the events of 2011 have opened up a revolutionary "space" in which to question received narratives not only of historical transitions but also cultural patrimony and traditional practices including how society should be structured at its most foundational: in the case of inheritance, gender and property relations. How do we anchor the struggle for dignity in the anti-colonial battles of Tunisia's past? Where do we find and narrate an interplay between the continuity of struggle and revolutionary rupture? How do we understand reappropriations of the past to suit the circumstances and debates of the present, around aesthetics, and even the sacred and the profane? When we historicize foundational sources of the past as interested political interlocutors, how does that impact our understanding of narratives that have shaped Tunisian history?

In a mix of temporalities, all the papers question received historical understandings mediated by the state and introduce previously unknown material or call for a fundamental reinterpretation of foundational texts of Tunisia's nationalist movement, and the roles key figures played in Tunisia's past. Panel papers will also interrogate the historically inherited practices we call traditions, and enlarge notions of Tunisianité--who are "the Tunisian people" and what has shaped their aspirations, past and present?


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Silvia Marsans-Sakly

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

Laura Thompson

(Harvard University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Ridha Moumni

(Aga Khan Fellow Harvard University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Ola Galal

(Graduate Center CUNY)
I am a PhD candidate in anthropology at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. My research examines how discourses about and practices of rights claims-making and governance in Tunisia constitute and are constituted by the circulation...
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Joshua Picard

(Princeton University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;