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Cyprus and the Politics of Memory

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The island of Cyprus has been bitterly divided for more than four decades. One of the most divisive elements of the Cyprus conflict is the writing of its history, a history called on by both communities to justify and explain their own notions of justice. While for Greek Cypriots the history of Cyprus begins with ancient Greece, for the Turkish Cypriot community the history of the island begins with the Ottoman conquest of 1571. The singular narratives both sides often employ to tell the story of the island are, as this volume argues, a means of continuing the battle which has torn the island apart, and an obstacle to resolution. Cyprus and the Politics of Memory re-orientates history-writing on Cyprus from a tool of division to a form of dialogue, and explores a way forward for the future of conflict resolution in the region.

Cypriot Cinemas

Author : Costas Constandinides
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Cyprus, the idyllic “island of Aphrodite,” is better known as a site of conflict and division between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, rather than for its film production. Constandinides and Papadakis work to rectify this dearth of information by discussing the ouevre of filmmakers engaging with the island's traumatic legacies: anti-colonial struggles, post-colonial instability, interethnic conflict, external interventions and war. Starting with the cinema of the 1960s, when the island became a republic, the collection focuses on the recent decades of filmmakers exploring issues of conflict, memory, identity, nationalism, migration and gender, as well as the work of filmmakers who chose to cooperate across the ethnic divide. Cypriot Cinemas utilizes a methodology that engages all necessary perspectives for an illuminating critical discussion: historical, theoretical and comparative (Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot films in relation to regional film cultures/practices). While the volume develops a discussion based on the reading of the political in Cypriot films, it also looks at other film cultures and debates such as (s)exploitation films and transnational cinema.

Postcolonial Ghosts in New Turkish Cinema

Author : Cihat Arinc
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The Politics of Culture in Turkey Greece Cyprus

Author : Leonidas Karakatsanis
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Performing a political identity usually involves more than just casting a vote. For Left-wingers in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus – countries that emerged as the only non-socialist constituents of South-eastern Europe after WWII – political preference meant immersion to distinct ways of life, to ‘cultures’: in times of dictatorship or persecution, the desire to find alternative ways to express themselves gave content to these cultures. In times of political normality, it was the echoes of such memories of precarity and loss that took the lead. This book explores the intersection between the politics and cultures of the Left since the sixties in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus. With the use of 12 case studies, the contributors expose the moments in which the Left has been claimed and performed, not only through political manifestos and traditional political boundaries, but also through corporeal acts, discursive practices and affective encounters. These are all transformed into distinct modalities of everyday life and conduct, which are commemorated, narrated or sung, versed, painted, or captured in photographic images and on reels of tape. By focusing on culture and performance, this book highlights the complex link between nationalism and internationalism in left-wing cultures, and illuminates the entanglements between the ways in which left-wingers experienced transitions from dictatorship to democracy and vice versa. As the first book to analyse cultures and performances of the Left in the three countries, The Politics of Culture in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus causes a rethinking of the boundaries of political practice and fosters new understandings of the formation of diverse expressions of the Left. As such, it will be a valuable resource for students and scholars of cultural and social anthropology, modern European history and political science.

The Politics of Culture in Turkey Greece Cyprus

Author : Leonidas Karakatsanis
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Performing a political identity usually involves more than just casting a vote. For Left-wingers in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus – countries that emerged as the only non-socialist constituents of South-eastern Europe after WWII – political preference meant immersion to distinct ways of life, to ‘cultures’: in times of dictatorship or persecution, the desire to find alternative ways to express themselves gave content to these cultures. In times of political normality, it was the echoes of such memories of precarity and loss that took the lead. This book explores the intersection between the politics and cultures of the Left since the sixties in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus. With the use of 12 case studies, the contributors expose the moments in which the Left has been claimed and performed, not only through political manifestos and traditional political boundaries, but also through corporeal acts, discursive practices and affective encounters. These are all transformed into distinct modalities of everyday life and conduct, which are commemorated, narrated or sung, versed, painted, or captured in photographic images and on reels of tape. By focusing on culture and performance, this book highlights the complex link between nationalism and internationalism in left-wing cultures, and illuminates the entanglements between the ways in which left-wingers experienced transitions from dictatorship to democracy and vice versa. As the first book to analyse cultures and performances of the Left in the three countries, The Politics of Culture in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus causes a rethinking of the boundaries of political practice and fosters new understandings of the formation of diverse expressions of the Left. As such, it will be a valuable resource for students and scholars of cultural and social anthropology, modern European history and political science.

Contemporary Art from Cyprus

Author : Elena Stylianou
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To what extent does locality influence contemporary art? Can any particular artistic practices be defined as uniquely Cypriot? And does art from Cyprus transcend Western boundaries once it enters the global art scene? This volume uses Cyprus as a case study for the exploration of notions of identity, regionalism, and the global and local in contemporary art practice; it is not, therefore, a complete historiography of contemporary Cypriot art. Rather, this critical text provides a theoretical and historical framework that frames and contextualizes art practices from Cyprus, while always relating these back to the international art world. Numerous current and pressing issues-all relevant beyond Cyprus-are investigated in this book including, but not limited to, art as capital, the emergence of the “periphery”, the importance of thriving localities, issues of memory and memorialization, archaeology, artists' identities, conflict and politics, social engagement, gender politics, and such curatorial alternatives as artist-run spaces. In doing all of this, Contemporary Art from Cyprus not only bears on current and future art practices in this region but highlights the importance of Cypriot art in a global context too.

Contemporary Art from Cyprus

Author : Elena Stylianou
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To what extent does locality influence contemporary art? Can any particular artistic practices be defined as uniquely Cypriot? And does art from Cyprus transcend Western boundaries once it enters the global art scene? This volume uses Cyprus as a case study for the exploration of notions of identity, regionalism, and the global and local in contemporary art practice; it is not, therefore, a complete historiography of contemporary Cypriot art. Rather, this critical text provides a theoretical and historical framework that frames and contextualizes art practices from Cyprus, while always relating these back to the international art world. Numerous current and pressing issues-all relevant beyond Cyprus-are investigated in this book including, but not limited to, art as capital, the emergence of the “periphery”, the importance of thriving localities, issues of memory and memorialization, archaeology, artists' identities, conflict and politics, social engagement, gender politics, and such curatorial alternatives as artist-run spaces. In doing all of this, Contemporary Art from Cyprus not only bears on current and future art practices in this region but highlights the importance of Cypriot art in a global context too.

Britain and the Cyprus Crisis of 1974

Author : John Burke
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This book examines the ideological and socio-political discourses shaping the remembrance and representation of Britain and the Cyprus conflict of 1974 within Greek Cypriot society. By combining the official with the popular and drawing on an extensive range of oral history interviews, this monograph shows that a suspicion born out of Britain’s long (neo-)colonial connection to Cyprus has come to frame the image and understanding of British actions associated with the events, and lasting consequences, of 1974. Indeed, with the island of Cyprus still divided, and the requirement to remember a national imperative, this book has a direct contemporary relevance. However, within the existent literature, while much has been written about the political roots of the Cyprus conflict, no study has yet sought to systematically analyse and understand the influences shaping the history and memory of British actions on Cyprus in 1974. One defined by the existence of 'partitionist' conspiracies, collusive accusations and a series of memory distortions which continue to resonate strongly irrespective of the evidence that is now available. As such, by analysing the influences shaping the image of Britain in 1974, one can begin to understand in ever greater detail the Anglo–Greek Cypriot relationship in a modern context.

Journal of Mediterranean Studies

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Articulations of Memory in Northern Cyprus

Author : Heycan Erh Rman
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'Articulations of memory in Northern Cyprus' draws upon approaches from a variety of fields such as social psychology, sociology, history, politics and media studies, while the empirical investigation consists of in-depth interviews. The research explores how memory and national identity have been articulated in the context of competing discourses after the presentation of the Annan Plan in Northern Cyprus. It is argued that the Annan Plan constitutes a turning point in Cypriot politics as it proposes a possible participation of Northern Cyprus in the European Union after a solution of the Cyprus problem that is about the division of the island since 1974. The Annan Plan is the most serious step on the way to the reunification of the island since then and, as such, it has functioned as a catalyst and precipitated an intense competition between alternative, often opposing, discourses on Turkish Cypriot national identity. Focussing on key mechanisms of memory such as history textbooks, commemorations, traditions and the media the research explores the mobilization, articulation and construction of memory/ies in relation to national identity.

Biblio Country Reports

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The Political Museum

Author : Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert
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This engaging volume reveals how politics permeates all facets of museum practice, particularly in regions of political conflict. In these settings, museums can be extraordinarily influential for shaping identity and collective memory and for peace building. Using key Cypriote archaeological, historical, ethnographic, and art museums as examples, this book: provides a multifaceted and deeper understanding of how politics, conflict, national agendas, and individual initiatives can shape museums and their narratives; discusses how these forces contribute to the creation of, and conflict over, national, community and personal identities; examines how museums use inclusion and exclusion in their collections, exhibitions, objects and interpretive material as a way of selectively constructing collective memories. This book will be an important resource for museum professionals, as well as scholars interested in the effects of politics on museums and interpretations of the past.

Identities in Space

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Issues of urban space have come to the fore in modern urban and social history in recent years, with many questions being raised concerning the nature of its production, the construction of divisions between public and private, and the regulation of the social life of the streets particularly in relation to gender and class. The essays in this volume take up these issues, exploring the historical relationship between social identity and urban history in an international context. In particular, attention is focussed on the ways in which urban spaces have been shaped by conflicts over access and use, and how the identities of social groups have in turn been forged by such conflicts.

The Cyprus Review

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Memory Identity and Politics in Armenia

Author : Nora C. Dudwick
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Modern Greek Society

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Europe Goes East

Author : Darrick R. Danta
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The current EU enlargement process now embraces 13 applicant countries. As the EU has itself been evolving attitudes and policies towards the applicant countries, so central and eastern Europe itself has been undergoing change and transformation; in parts of the Balkans this process has placed uncomfortable demands upon western Europe and their allies. Europe goes East provides a timely contribution to the debate and understanding of the EU enlargement process as it affects the states and citizens of central, eastern and Mediterranean Europe. It provides: a critical examination of EU enlargement within the context of European restructuring; views on applicant and potential applicant countries and their evolving relationship with the EU; an overview of central and eastern Europe at the start of the new millennium. Editors: Darrick Danta is Professor of Geography at California State University, and Derek Hall is Professor of Regional Development at the Scottish Agricultural College, Auchincruive.

The Europeanization of Cyprus

Author : Angelos Sepos
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Drawing from rationalist and constructivist approaches, the book examines the impact of the EU on the polity, policies and politics of Cyprus. Driven primarily by political concerns and the need to secure a viable solution to the Cyprus problem, membership has also served as a catalyst for significant reforms in the executive, legislative and judicial authority, political parties and public opinion, economy, agricultural and regional policy, foreign policy and home affairs. At the same time, it has brought challenges but also opportunities for this small state in the Eastern Mediterranean periphery of the EU.

Dais

Author : Louise Hitchcock
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Preface and Acknowledgments Abbreviations KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Yannis HAMILAKIS: Time, Performance, and the Production of a Mnemonic Record: From Feasting to an Archaeology of Eating and Drinking FEASTS FOR THE GODS: FEASTING PRACTICES AND RELIGIOUS ASPECTS; Jennifer WILSON: What Were the Women Doing While the Men Were Eating and Drinking? : The Evidence of the Frescoes; Anna SIMANDIRAKI: The Minoan Body as a Feast; Bernice JONES: Anthropomorphic Vessels at the Feast: Evidence for Dress or Ornament?; Brent DAVIS: Libation and the Minoan Feast; David COLLARD: Possible Alternatives to Alcohol: The Contextual Analysis of Poppy-shaped Jugs from Cyprus and the Aegean; Dora CONSTANTINIDIS: From Fields to Feasts: Interpreting Aegean Architecture and Iconography in Relation to Feast Preparations; Janice L. CROWLEY: In Honour of the Gods - But Which Gods? Identifying Deities in Aegean Glyptic; Helene WHITTAKER: The Role of Drinking in Religious Ritual in the Mycenaean Period; Elizabeth SHANK: Decorated Dining Halls; Gullog NORDQUIST: Feasting: Participation and Performance FEASTS FOR THE HUMANS: COOKING, FOOD AND WINE; Sarah P. MORRIS: Wine and Water in the Bronze Age: Fermenting, Mixing and Serving Vessels; Thomas M. BROGAN and Andrew J. KOH: Feasting at Mochlos? New Evidence for Wine Production, Storage and Consumption from a Bronze Age Harbor Town on Crete?; Rachel FOX: Tastes, Smells and Spaces: Sensory Perceptions and Mycenaean Palatial Feasting; Bart'omiej LIS: Cooked Food in the Mycenaean Feast - Evidence from the Cooking Pots; Julie HRUBY: You Are How You Eat: Mycenaean Class and Cuisine FEASTS IN THE AEGEAN LANDSCAPE: THE EVIDENCE FROM CRETE; Philip P. BETANCOURT, David S. Reese, Louise L. Verstegen, and Susan C. Ferrence: Feasts for the Dead: Evidence from the Ossuary at Hagios Charalambos; Luca GIRELLA: Feasts in ''transition''? An overview of feasting practices during MM III in Crete; Loeta TYREE, Athanasia KANTA and Harriet Lewis ROBINSON: Evidence for Ritual Eating and Drinking: A View from Skoteino Cave; Judith REID: Dinnertime at Kato Zakro ; Jan DRIESSEN, Alexandre FARNOUX and Charlotte LANGOHR: Favissae. Feasting Pits in LM III; Quentin LETESSON and Jan DRIESSEN: From ''Party'' to ''Ritual'' to ''Ruin'' in Minoan Crete: The Spatial Context of Feasting FEASTS IN THE AEGEAN LANDSCAPE: THE EVIDENCE FROM THE MAINLAND; Jennifer O''NEILL: Utility and Metaphor: The Design of The House of Tiles at Lerna; Kim S. SHELTON: Drinking, Toasting, Consumption and Libation: Late Helladic IIIA Pottery and a Cup for Every Occasion; Salvatore VITALE: Ritual Drinking and Eating at LH IIIA2 Early Mitrou, East Lokris. Evidence for Mycenaean Feasting Activities?; Gisela WALBERG and David S. REESE: Feasting at Midea IMAGES OF THE FEAST: ICONOGRAPHY; Ingo PINI: Are there any Representations of Feasting in the Aegean Bronze Age?; Fritz BLAKOLMER: Processions in Aegean Iconography II: Who are the Participants?; Susan C. FERRENCE: Is There Iconography of the Minoan Feast?; Marcia NUGENT: Picturing the Feast - Recipes as Art. Botanic Motifs of the Late Bronze Age Cycladic Islands FEASTS ABROAD: COMPARATIVE EVIDENCE FROM THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN; Jennifer M. WEBB and David FRANKEL: Fine Ware Ceramics, Consumption and Commensality: Mechanisms of Horizontal and Vertical Integration in Early Bronze Age Cyprus; Kathryn O. ERIKSSON: Feasting as Part of the Multiculturalism of Late Bronze Age Cyprus; Alison SOUTH: Feasting in Cyprus: a View from Kalavasos; Louise A. HITCHCOCK: Architectures of Feasting; Karen Polinger FOSTER: A Taste for the Exotic; Ann E. KILLEBREW and Justin LEV-TOV: Early Iron Age Feasting and Cuisine: an Indicator of Philistine-Aegean Connectivity?; Aren M. MAEIR: Aegean Feasting and other Indo-European Elements in the Philistine Household; Assaf YASUR-LANDAU: Hard to Handle: Aspects of Organization in Aegean and Near Eastern Feasts FEASTS IN THE TEXTS: THE WRITTEN RECORD; John G. YOUNGER: Food Rations and Portions in Cretan Hieroglyphic Documents; Ioannis FAPPAS: The Use of Perfumed Oils during Feasting Activities: A Comparison of Mycenaean and Near Eastern Written Sources; Stavroula NIKOLOUDIS: Bulls and Belonging: Another Look at PY Cn 3; Thomas G. PALAIMA: The Significance of Mycenaean Words Relating to Meals, Meal Rituals, and Food; Vassilis P. PETRAKIS: E-ke-ra2-wo ? wa-na-ka: The Implications of a Probable Non-Identification for Pylian Feasting and Politics; Cynthia W. SHELMERDINE: Host and Guest at a Mycenaean Feast; Jorg WEILHARTNER: Some Observations on the Commodities in the Linear B Tablets Referring to Sacrificial Banquets; AFTERTHOUGHT; Thomas G. PALAIMA: A New Linear B Inscription from the Land Down Under: AUS HO(ME) Bo 2008.

Bodies of Evidence

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Over 2,000 people went missing in Cyprus between 1963 & 1974. This work examines how both communities face the need to mourn without a body, nor even any certain knowledge of what has happened to their loved ones.