War Museums in Post-War Lebanon: Memory, Violence and Performance

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Abstract

This article examines three museums that address Lebanon’s history of conflict: the newly opened Beit Beirut on the capital’s former Green Line, the Hizbullah-run Mleeta Resistance Tourist Landmark in South Lebanon, and Umam Documentation and Research’s online archive “Memory at Work”. Each testing the parameters of what the term “museum” can mean in Lebanon today, these cases highlight the still-contested nature of war narratives. Whilst many Lebanese youth express desire for a shared national history of the civil war, the affective complexities of recuperated memorial sites and the inconsistent involvement of the state suggest that the possibility of publicly staging such a history is far from secure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-96
Number of pages19
JournalNationalism and Ethnic Politics
Volume25
Issue number1
Early online date10 Apr 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2019

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