Cyprus throughout its history represented a mixture of cultures but due to its entangled narratives in the twentieth century, its multi cultural past had been denied. As it is now becoming the home for tens of thousands of refugees, economic migrants from the Middle East, Asia and Africa and Turkish settlers (a term ascribed to migrants from Inner Turkey that move to Northern Cyprus), this former British colony is undergoing one of its most diverse experiences of cultural plurality.
This presentation aims to highlight the developments of these cultures of ethno nationalism that describe the divided landscape of the city. This will be achieved through the examination of social, cultural and anthropological theory as it has been applied to readings of the divided communities of Cyprus and the ambiguous border situation with its gaps, its voids and its charged imaginaries. In this bi-polar centre the legacies of the 20th century and the transformations of the 21st are challenging this divided city to introspection, vis-a-vis its claims to an international vocabulary, however ignored, and its architectonic steps forward.
Date: 17 March 2010
Start time: 13.00
Location: Room 324, 43 Gordon Square
Free entry; first come, first seated.
Dr Andrew Asibong & Dr Nathalie Wourm
Birkbeck Research in Representations of Kinship and Community
Birkbeck, University of London
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H OPD
England Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the website at http://www.bbk.ac.uk/brrkc/
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