Christine Elias and the British Institute Amman Collections

Christine Elias and the British Institute Amman Collections

by Christine Elias September 2016 During Christine’s stay at the CBRL British Institute in Amman (July-December 2015) she undertook a number of projects relating to the archaeological and archival collections at the BIA. Her primary task was to undertake a review of the archaeological collections housed at the BIA and produce a detailed inventory of this material. Since the establishment of the British Institute in […]

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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

by Ann-Christin Wagner September 2016   “If you want a Pepsi, go get it yourself!” 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 […]

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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

by Ceren Kabukcu and the BIA team Photos by Julio Moreno Cirujano May 2016 Dr Ceren Kabukcu is an honorary research fellow in environmental archaeology at Liverpool University. She recently completed her PhD on wood charcoal recovered from Epipaleolithic, Neolithic and Chalcolithic sites (ca. 15,000-7,000 cal. BP) in the Konya plain, Anatolia. Her research focuses on vegetation change and woodland management practices in Southwest Asia, including human impacts on the […]

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Writing and Reading Iraq

Writing and Reading Iraq

by Annie Webster October 2016 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 […]

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Workshop Review: Visual Culture in the Middle East

Workshop Review: Visual Culture in the Middle East

by Maïra al-Manzali July 2016 What images does the Middle East produce? What images of the region do Western media outlets consume? What makes certain images more desirable, more marketable than others? How can images act as loci of resistance? These were among the many questions raised by Reema Salha Fadda, DPhil candidate from the University of Oxford, at her workshop seminar held at Darat al-Funun from 19/06/16 to 29/06/16. […]

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In conversation with Ibrahim Samuel

In conversation with Ibrahim Samuel

Interview by Minying Huang May 2016 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 […]

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Urban Murals in Amman: between empowerment and decoration

Urban Murals in Amman: between empowerment and decoration

by Julio Moreno Cirujano July 2016 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 […]

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