Mutable Conflicts: The Rhythm of Nakba among Palestinians in Denmark

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Resumé

The Arabic term al-Nakba literally means the catastrophe and is used in Palestinian national discourse to designate the outcome of the Arab-Israeli war of 1948, when the state of Israel was declared and more than 700,000 Palestinians became stateless. Among Palestinians in Denmark, though, the concept of Nakba is used in two additional ways. Namely, to embrace their everyday life in Denmark, and to single out specific contemporary political events, like the publishing of the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in 2005, local clashes with the Danish police and the Israeli invasions of Lebanon and Gaza.
Based on ongoing fieldwork among Palestinians in Denmark, this paper explores how al-Nakba moves across time and space. I suggest that the catastrophe is not a chronological phenomenon with a beginning and an end but is, rather, a rhythm characterized by alternating intervals of long periods of ‘dead life’ in which time stands still and nothing seems to happen and hectic enlivening moments of upheaval connected to the latest political event.
By way of conclusion, I argue that al-Nakba cannot be delimited to 1948 nor to a specific geophysical place, but is a resilient, mutable object that feeds off what is at hand within a specific milieu at a given time, such as contemporary conflicts, artefacts and people. It is this plasticity that enables the conflict to be recreated anew and to become meaningful in new settings and at different times.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdato1 jun. 2015
Antal sider8
StatusUdgivet - 1 jun. 2015
BegivenhedResilience, Trauma, Cosmology - Department of Anthropology, University College London, London, Danmark
Varighed: 1 jun. 20153 jun. 2015

Konference

KonferenceResilience, Trauma, Cosmology
LokationDepartment of Anthropology, University College London
LandDanmark
ByLondon
Periode01/06/201503/06/2015

Emneord

  • Resilience of conflicts

Citer dette

Kublitz, A. (2015). Mutable Conflicts: The Rhythm of Nakba among Palestinians in Denmark. Afhandling præsenteret på Resilience, Trauma, Cosmology, London, Danmark.
Kublitz, Anja. / Mutable Conflicts : The Rhythm of Nakba among Palestinians in Denmark. Afhandling præsenteret på Resilience, Trauma, Cosmology, London, Danmark.8 s.
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Kublitz A. Mutable Conflicts: The Rhythm of Nakba among Palestinians in Denmark. 2015. Afhandling præsenteret på Resilience, Trauma, Cosmology, London, Danmark.