Seventy years after the Nakba, what does it mean to commemorate 1948? This introduction to three articles drawn from the 2018 New Directions in Palestinian Studies workshop at Brown University, “The Shadow Years: Material Histories of Everyday Life,” examines the emergence of 1948 as the primary focus of Palestinian commemorative practices and guiding star of future political possibilities, as well as the promise and limitations of the settler-colonial framework. It argues that widening our lens to include the material histories of everyday life in the context of a generational struggle for survival, contextualizes moments of great trauma and violence within the larger dynamics of Palestinians society, and recasts the time/space architecture of narratives about Palestine and the Palestinians.
1948 and Its Shadows
Beshara Doumani is a professor of history at Brown University and founder of New Directions in Palestinian Studies. His most recent book is Family Life in the Ottoman Mediterranean: A Social History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017).
Alex Winder is a visiting assistant professor of Middle East Studies at Brown University and associate editor of the Jerusalem Quarterly.
The 2018 New Directions in Palestinian Studies (NDPS) workshop, from which the articles in this special issue derive, was planned collaboratively by the authors.
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Beshara Doumani, Alex Winder; 1948 and Its Shadows. Journal of Palestine Studies 1 November 2018; 48 (1): 7–15. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jps.2018.48.1.7
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