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Conservation under Occupation in the Historic City of Nablus
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies. (RuMM)
2010 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Drawing on Foucault’s conceptualisation of power - as a set of actions performed upon other actions andreactions - this article aims to understand the mechanisms behind cultural conservation where nexus ofconflictual powers is particular densified as an effect of both an occupation force and the internationalcommunity intervention. Thereby, it examines the way discourses of cultural meanings are formed,transformed and correlated influenced by the multiple powers involved in the politics of cultural conservation.The link between discourse and power is illustrated through a particular enactment of a concrete research inwhich the Historic Centre of Nablus in Palestine is identified as a case. Conflict of power relations and interestsis a universal question however it becomes a unique phenomenon when happening in an occupied society. Thisarticle argues that occupation force, local resistance and international community interventions have exposedthe cultural resources of the Palestinian Historic centres to ‘concentrated’ processes of both ‘destruction’ and‘conservation’. Understanding the current mechanisms behind cultural conservation may therefore explorepossible ways for locally-sensitive cultural conservation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Prague,: Czech University of Life Sciences Prague Faculty of Environmental Sciences , 2010. 13- p.
Keyword [en]
Palestine, Power, Culture, Conservation, and Discourse
National Category
Cultural Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-87200OAI: diva2:501502
4th AESOP YoungAcademics’ Meeting Prague 2010
Heritage in Authority-Making
QC 20120214Available from: 2012-02-14 Created: 2012-02-14 Last updated: 2012-02-14Bibliographically approved

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