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Archaeological Anthropology

Totem: The University of Western Ontario Journal of Anthropology

Nationalism

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Excavating Zion: Archaeology And Nation-Making In Palestine/Israel, Peige Desjarlais Apr 2013

Excavating Zion: Archaeology And Nation-Making In Palestine/Israel, Peige Desjarlais

Totem: The University of Western Ontario Journal of Anthropology

This paper demonstrates that archaeological discourse and practice in Palestine/Israel is intertwined with a nation-making project of settler colonialism that contains both spatial and temporal dimensions. This project primarily serves to invent a link between the ancient Israelite past and the modern Israeli state, presenting colonization as “return” to “the homeland” through familiar narratives of frontier settlement. This article proposes that Israeli archaeological practices not only help to reproduce these narratives, but also participate in the inscription of the national territory as Jewish, and the consequent dispossession of the Palestinians


Museums Narrating The Nation: Case Studies From Greece And Bosnia-Herzegovina, Evan P. Taylor Jul 2012

Museums Narrating The Nation: Case Studies From Greece And Bosnia-Herzegovina, Evan P. Taylor

Totem: The University of Western Ontario Journal of Anthropology

A museum that represents a community’s history and culture has the ability to influence the way that visitors understand that community in the present. In this paper, museums in Greece and Bosnia-Herzegovina are examined as case studies in order to better understand how museums attempt to narrate national identity to visitors, both domestic and international. Critical analysis of exhibits in these museums reveal that museum narratives often attempt to project the image of singular national identities. Meanwhile, they may deny the history of place of other contemporary or historic communities that are held in disfavor by those who influence ...