'The Deep Past as a Social Asset in the Levant' Launch Event Ceremony

'The Deep Past as a Social Asset in the Levant' Launch Event Ceremony

The DEEPSAL research project examines the relationship between the deep past, as represented by two Neolithic archaeological sites in the south of Jordan, Basta and Beidha, and the way the communities of the villages living close to them are able to value them. The stated objectives of DEEPSAL are “to examine how Neolithic sites contribute to local communities, to analyze how different factors affect the contribution of this heritage and assess how cultural heritage assets can be mobilised in the future to benefit the communities”.  

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In Conversation with Ibrahim Samuel

In Conversation with Ibrahim Samuel

Ibrahim Samuel is a Syrian writer and journalist living in Amman, Jordan. He has published five short story collections, and some of them have been translated into Italian, French, Bulgarian, and English. His work orbits around political themes such as oppression, freedom, cultures of silence, and dictatorship and its effects. He has previously been featured in Banipal Magazine of Modern Arab Literature (UK). Bleu Abrupt, his most famous book, is available in French here on Amazon.

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Writing and Reading Iraq

Writing and Reading Iraq

On 6 July 2016, the Chilcot Inquiry was published bringing the ‘Iraq War’ to prominence again. The long awaited twelve volume, 2.6 million word report, which took seven years to compile, critically reflects upon the controversial decision taken by the UK government to go to war in Iraq. It is the latest in a long series of texts to examine the political and humanitarian consequences of a conflict that changed Iraq’s social, as well as geographical, landscape.

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Urban Murals in Amman: Between Empowerment and Decoration

Urban Murals in Amman: Between Empowerment and Decoration

In recent years, Amman has become an urban canvas for street artists, attracting artists from all over the Middle East and beyond. Urban culture, and particularly mural art, has been at the core of alternative art production. While some of this art responds to the traditional paint-and-run at night, others, especially the large ones, are carried out in daylight and are usually sponsored by private organisations working in collaboration with municipal government and non-profit organisations.

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Dr Ceren Kabukcu And The British Institute In Amman Botanical Collection

Dr Ceren Kabukcu And The British Institute In Amman Botanical Collection

During Ceren’s stay at the CBRL British Institute in Amman (BIA) in March 2016 she undertook a comprehensive review of our botanical collection, formally classifying many items, particularly the economic plants and wood specimens that had been collected but not previously accessioned, as well as conducting an assessment of the collection’s overall condition.

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Tiptoeing Across The Doorstep – Becoming The Daughter Of A Bedouin Family In The Jordanian Province

Tiptoeing Across The Doorstep – Becoming The Daughter Of A Bedouin Family In The Jordanian Province

A request that in a Western context would easily be understood as rude might mark the peak of hospitality in a Jordanian household. In fact, while receiving strangers in the Arab world presupposes a strict spatial division between the public and the private sphere, being invited to venture into places reserved to family members – such as the kitchen – marks a transition from being a guest to becoming family.

 

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