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Prof. Irene Maffi on 'History, Memory and Identity in Jordan' at ZMO, Berlin, 28.5.2008 18:00 bis 19:30

26.05.2008 - (idw) Geisteswissenschaftliche Zentren Berlin e.V. (GWZ)

Prof. Irène Maffi is Assistant Professor in social anthropology at the University of Lausanne. She is a specialist of the Near East where she has been doing research since 1997. Irène Maffi is the author of ?Pratiques du patrimoine et politiques de la mémoire en Jordanie. Entre histoire dynastique et récits communautaires? published in 2004 at Payot, Lausanne. 'History, Memory and Identity in Jordan'
Lecture by Prof. Irène Maffi (University of Lausanne)
Ort: Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), Kirchweg 33, 14129 Berlin
Zeit: 28.5.2008 18:00 bis 19:30

Collective memory is a very complex object of study. Since the
publication of the works of Maurice Halbwachs many scholars
have analyzed how a group?s past is transmitted from one
generation to the other in different social and cultural con-
texts. Material objects play a crucial role in the transmission
of the social memory at least in the modern world. In order
to illustrate this aspect, I will analyse the case of Jordan and
try to show how the heritage has been fabricated and used to
build a national past and a common identity. The creation of
a ?national memory? in the Jordanian Kingdom is especially
interesting because it is a State created by the British less
than a century ago and because at least half of its population
is of Palestinian origin. How to build a shared identity for the
citizens of this new political entity? How to identify a collective
past for a people which were far from acknowledging a shared
experience? These were the main issues the Hashemite mon-
archs had to face after Independence if they were to build a
postcolonial nation state.

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Rückfragen und Interviewwünsche bitte an Dr. Sonja Hegasy, sonja.hegasy@rz.hu-berlin.de
Weitere Informationen: http://www.zmo.de Zentrum Moderner Orient http://www.repraesentationen.de/site/lang__de/3859/teilprojekt_a7.aspx SFB 640 (HU/ZMO) http://www.unil.ch/ssp/page11430.html Prof. Irene Maffi
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