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Intangible Cultural Heritage and Peace Building in Palestine

24th June, Monday | 16.00-18.00 UTC/17.00-19.00 BST/18.00-20.00 CEST

Heritage is often at risk and under attack, either directly or indirectly, when violence and conflict escalate. Although targeting cultural heritage sites during conflict is not a new phenomenon, the role of cultural heritage in times of peace and conflict has received considerable international attention in recent years. Today, in Palestine, tangible and intangible cultural heritage is heavily impacted by ongoing conflicts, affecting the resilience and identity of communities. 

This session will focus on three interrelated areas: a) relational aspects and approaches to cultural heritage in conflict situations; b) the impact of conflict on intangible cultural heritage – such as songs, festivals and cultural practices – and the role that this intangible cultural heritage can play in post-conflict situations; and c) the relevance of people-centred and gendered approaches to cultural heritage in transforming conflict and building peace.

 

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Moderator

Dr Aurélie Broeckerhoff

Dr Aurélie Broeckerhoff is a researcher at Coventry University. She is interested in everyday life in deeply divided and conflict-affected societies. Her research focuses on the politics of everyday cultural and economic practices and spaces and their role in peacebuilding from below. Before joining academia, she worked in social and international development policy institutions.

Speakers

Dr Marwan Darweish

Dr Marwan Darweish is an Associate Professor in Peace Studies at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University. 

Marwan is a scholar and activist, who lived and worked in Jerusalem until 2001.  He has been actively involved in social and political change throughout his life, first in Israel/Palestine and now in the UK. He worked internationally with civil society organisations on peace and conflict-related issues.  His research interests are related to understanding nonviolence and resistance in asymmetric conflict and civil protection.  Since 2017, team member of the “On Our Land” project to protect and promote Palestinian cultural heritage. He published extensively on popular protest and everyday resistance.

Dr Mahmoud Soliman

Dr Mahmoud Soliman is a Palestinian farmer, nonviolent activist and academic. Soliman is a research fellow at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University. He has more than 20 years of experience in organising nonviolent campaigns and nonviolent collective actions against building the Segregation Wall and the Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine. Mahmoud has been conducting several research projects in cooperation with research centres in different universities in the UK and the USA. His research focus is on intangible cultural heritage, nonviolent resistance, unarmed civilian protection and food sovereignty.

Dr Laura Sulin

Dr Laura Sulin is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Trust, Peace & Social Relations at Coventry University. She is a feminist scholar whose research is firmly embedded in intersectional analysis. Since 2017, she has been a team member of the “On Our Land” intergenerational oral history project to protect and promote Palestinian cultural heritage. Her research interests lie in gender in international security, UN Women, Peace and Security Agenda, peacebuilding and intersectionality.

Mahmoud Makhamra

Community researcher from Palestine

Mahmoud Makhamra is from Jinba village in South Hebron Hills. Mahmoud graduated from the Department of Media and Journalism, at Hebron University. His photography hobby started at a young age and he now works as a professional photographer and film-maker. Mahmoud participated in the “On Our Land” project and has interviewed the older generation over the past year.

 

 

 

 

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