CMES Research Seminar: Politics of Memory, Space, and Religion in Middle Eastern Nationalisms
Presentation of a new Middle East in the Contemporary World (MECW) research project (2022-2025) at CMES.
Torsten Janson, Islamology, Jayne Svenungsson, Systematic Theology, Barbara Törnquist-Plewa, Eastern and Central European Studies and Mattias Kärrholm, Architectural Theory present their new research project as part of the Strategic Research Area (SRA) Middle East in the Contemporary World (MECW) at CMES.
The project Beyond Sacred/Secular Cities is devoted to exploring ‘the city’ as a stage for the construction and contest of nationalist imaginations in the Middle East (and beyond). It aims at unpacking how nationalism, in various national contexts and urban localities, comprises entangled and ambiguous religious/secular imaginaries, providing critical perspectives on conventional dichotomies of the ‘sacred’ versus ‘profane’ and ‘traditional’ versus the ‘modern’ – and how cities charged with symbolic significance tend to be regarded as carriers of such characteristics and legacies.
The project comprises two main components. An empirical study will be conducted in/of four cities conventionally associated with such bifurcated imaginaries: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Istanbul, and Izmir. The study will contextually and comparatively explore local-urban memory institutions in the four cities (focusing on museums and public commemorative spaces), in relation to local and national debates on ‘nationalist values’, aesthetic legacies, and the commemoration of historical/ritual fixtures.
The talk is held at CMES, Finngatan 16 in Lund. If you are not able to attend in-person, there is an option to attend via Zoom. Please register here for Zoom attendance: https://lu-se.zoom.us/meeting/register/u50qfuyqpz8vH9FGBSNwmklkoMxrJKpXkyQO