Archiving the present in Beirut’s southern suburb : memory, history, and power at Umam Documentation and Research

dc.contributor.advisorMerabet, Sofian, 1972-en
dc.contributor.advisorAsdar Ali, Kamranen
dc.creatorMaddox, Katherine Noraen
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-20T18:27:18Z
dc.date.available2016-06-20T18:27:18Z
dc.date.issued2016-05en
dc.date.submittedMay 2016
dc.date.updated2016-06-20T18:27:18Z
dc.description.abstractUmam Documentation and Research, a private archive and non-governmental organization located in the Beirut’s southern suburb, states as its goal to “initiate collective reflection on the many different types of violence that plagued Lebanon’s past, weighs heavily on its present, and has [sic] the potential to influence its future as well.” This thesis seeks to interrogate the spaces and narratives that influence Umam D&R’s work as well as to analyze the forms and concepts in contemporary Lebanon that inform it. It begins with a description of the historic home, Villa Slim, in which the organization’s office and a large part of the archive are housed. From there, it shifts to focus on The Hangar and its relationship to the broader arts and culture milieu that emerged in Beirut following the Lebanese civil war (1975-91). Finally, it addresses questions of intention and authenticity in the production of history through a comparison between Umam D&R’s work and the art of Lebanese artist Walid Raad, which also focuses on constructing and archiving memories of Lebanese conflicts. Through these three spheres of Umam D&R’s work, I will explore the underlying currents of their project – to intervene in the dominant historical narrative through conceptual efforts grounded in the discourse of documents and facts. Just as specific spaces shape Umam D&R’s work, certain notions of “truth” and “history” effect the way they construct the past through their multifaceted projects, which engage the present by projecting images onto the future, attempting to spark possibilities.en
dc.description.departmentMiddle Eastern Studiesen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifierdoi:10.15781/T2SX6490Gen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/38187en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectBeiruten
dc.subjectHistoryen
dc.subjectArchiveen
dc.subjectMemoryen
dc.subjectSpaceen
dc.subjectArten
dc.titleArchiving the present in Beirut’s southern suburb : memory, history, and power at Umam Documentation and Researchen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.type.materialtexten
thesis.degree.departmentMiddle Eastern Studiesen
thesis.degree.disciplineMiddle Eastern studiesen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen

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