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History’s remainders: on time and objects after conflict in Cyprus

Bryant, Rebecca (2014) History’s remainders: on time and objects after conflict in Cyprus. American Ethnologist, 41 (4). 681 - 697. ISSN 0094-0496

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Identification Number: 10.1111/amet.12105


In the aftermath of war, those who remain must rebuild lives in spaces that bear the scars of conflict. This essay focuses on one such space, the unrecognized state in north Cyprus, which has experienced waves of displacement, ethnic cleansing, and the appropriation and redistribution of “enemy” property. Families raise children in plundered spaces; grandchildren play in gardens replanted after war; houses are furnished with the remains of others’ lives. In such contexts, the questions of what belongs to whom, and who belongs where, or with whom, are particularly contested, while the future of these places and objects remains uncertain. This essay asks what everyday historical work may be done with looted homes and objects, and it shows how practices with and stories about belongings may also be ways of helping us to “belong” in history. [temporality, materiality, history, memory, belonging, Cyprus]

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Additional Information: © 2014 by the American Anthropological Association
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2014 11:00
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2024 01:15
Funders: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Program on Global Security and Sustainability Research and Writing, National Endowment for the Humanities

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