Palestine History and Heritage Project – University of Copenhagen

The Palestine History and Heritage Curriculum Project aims to produce evidence-based, critical historical texts and materials related to Palestine and its region from prehistoric times to the present. Bearing an historical perspective, which avoids ethnocentricity in an inclusive effort to describe the complex, multi-cultural, religious, ethnic and linguistic traditions reflected throughout Palestine’s long history, this project takes its point of departure in the progression of methods and discoveries of archaeological and historical scholarship since the mid-1970s.

The method employed will be based on a combined classical historical approach with anthropological theories of landscape as “lieux de mémoire” (memory and heritage sites). Such approach decodes geographical, demographic and cultural changes in relation to characteristics of “settler colonialism’s” confrontational and repressive practices versus a ‘middle ground’s’ search for mutual benefit in meeting and negotiating an accommodation with each other.

The advantage of using these methods is that they deal better with a complex reality in a dynamic and dialectical approach rather than using a standard search for a simple historical narrarive as in traditional history writing. Being a border area and part also of the religious identity of two thirds of the worlds’ population, Palestine’s history is a hotbed of presumptions and ideologies, which most often have resulted in distorted histories of the region. 

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