CFP: ‘Remembering Jerusalem: Imagination, Memory, and the City’, London, 6-7 Nov. 2014

Remembering Jerusalem: Imagination, Memory, and the City
6th-7th November
King’s College London

Organised by the AHRC-Funded Research Network ‘Imagining Jerusalem, 1099 to the Present Day’

Keynote speakers: Professor Anthony Bale (Birkbeck), Professor Eyal Weizman (Goldsmiths).

Further keynotes TBA.

Perhaps the world’s most iconic city, Jerusalem exists both as a physical space and as a site of memory, ideas, and re-memberings. In art, literature, film, and history writing; in acts of public and private worship; and in communities across the globe, memories of Jerusalem have, for centuries, been created, invoked, and relived. This cross-period, interdisciplinary conference invites paper and panel submissions on the theme of Jerusalem and Memory, c. 1099 to the Present Day. Topics may include, but need not be limited to:

– techniques of memorialisation / techniques of memory
– place, space, and memory
– souvenirs, mementoes, and memory aids
– the materiality (or immateriality) of memory
– memory and sensation
– memory, land and environment
– memory and warfare
– memory and governance
– forgetting, false memory, and fictional remembering
– narrative and memory
– memory and the archive
– national, local, and transnational memories
– memory and community
– ethnography as remembering
– ritual, repetition, and performance
– sacred and secular memory

The organisers are particularly keen to receive panel submissions which address a shared theme across more than one discipline and/or historical period.

Abstracts of c. 300 words for single papers and c. 1000 words for panels consisting of three papers should be sent to by 1st July 2014. For more details or inquiries, please contact the same address or visit the Network website:

This conference is organised by the lead members of the Network: Dr Anna Bernard (KCL), Dr Michele Campopiano (York), Dr Helen Smith (York), Dr Jim Watt (York), and the Network Coordinator, Hannah Boast (York).

Download the Call for Papers.


Ottoman Cosmopolitanism Network workshop: Visualising the Ottoman City

Following on from our last post on narratives of Ottoman Jerusalem, those who are interested in this period might like to attend the next workshop of the AHRC-funded research network Ottoman Pasts, Present Cities: Cosmopolitanism and Transcultural Memories.

The workshop is called ‘Visualising the Ottoman City’ and will take place at Birkbeck College, University of London on 28 March 2014. The workshop is the third in a series.

Further details about the workshop can be found here. The workshop is free to attend, but registration is required.

Tales of Ottoman Jerusalem

The memoirs of a resident of Ottoman Jerusalem, newly published in English, give an important insight into everyday life in an era about which little is widely known, writes Sarah Irving in a review for Electronic Intifada.

The Storyteller of Jerusalem collects the memoirs of Wasif Jawharriyeh, an administrative worker, merchant and silk farmer, from 1904-1948.

The duration of the memoirs cover a period of major transition, including the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, the rule of Palestine by Britain under the Mandate, and the creation of Israel in 1948.

The volume is introduced and edited by Salim Tamari and Issam Nassar. Tamari previously provided the foreword to an English translation of another valuable early-twentieth century Palestinian memoir, A Young Palestinian’s Diary, 1941-1945: the Life of Sami Amr, and published a collection of essays on this period.

Jerusalem life as described in Jawharriyeh’s diaries contrasts sharply with accounts of the city found in colonial texts. As Irving writes:

“Jerusalem in the 1920s, it seems, was less the traditional backwater depicted in some accounts of the British Mandate, and more a city whose affluent cultural scene was a smaller version of that to be found in other cosmopolitan capitals in the region and across Europe.”

At the same time, Irving highlights a “growing sense of darkness” in Jawharriyeh’s memoirs, which we read now as a document from a lost society and, as she notes, “a bitter-sweet glimpse into what Jerusalem might have been.”