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Cypriot Cultural Details

Author : Iosif Hadjikyriako
ISBN : 9781785700699
Genre : Social Science
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There are countless references to Cyprus in Venice: in palaces, primarily that of Queen Caterina Corner, in the church of Saints Giovanni e Paolo, where the skin of Mark Antonius Bragadin (the staunch defender of Famagusta) is guarded, in the spices, and especially in the wine of Cyprus (Commandaria), that is today still recalled in Venetian sayings. The Venetian past, too, has many references in Cyprus where evidence is focused on the fortresses and fortifications of Nicosia, Famagusta and Kerynia and in the lions that adorn them as well as in traditional dishes and language. The papers presented here have been selected from 30 given at the 10th Annual Meeting of young researchers in Cypriot archaeology (POCA 10), held in Venice where it celebrated two important events: the 500th anniversary of the death of Caterina Cornaro (1454–1510) and the twinning of the cities of Venice and Larnaca. Papers cover a wide range of subjects reflecting the many centuries of trade in products (especially textiles) and the cultural exchange in ideas, religious practices and people between the island and City at various times from prehistory to the Ottoman period. Archaeological and historical data are brought together to showcase recent research.
Category: Social Science

Approaching Cyprus

Author : Richard Maguire
ISBN : 9781443812795
Genre : History
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Does the sea separate or connect? Are islands isolated or are they the stepping stones of connectivity? The Mediterranean is an all-but closed sea of seas, of marine locales around which ‘its inhabitants live like ants and frogs around a pond’. Cyprus, at its eastern end, is tucked between Asia Minor to the North, the Levant to the east, to Africa further south, and the wider Mediterranean to the west. From its vantage point, this island panopticon established connections across the Mediterranean in which it was either incorporated or remote in proportion to its integration into a variety of networks of exchange. The seventeen chapters in this volume explore aspects of the relationship between the island as an immutable geographical entity and its surrounding sea as an essentially transactional space. The chapters are grouped under four headings: Approaching Cyprus – Sea and Overseas; Artefacts – Production and Function; Sacralities – Practice and Setting; and finally, Collections – Private and Public. Chapters range from the Late Bronze Age to the twentieth century, and from Greece, the Aegean, Syro-Palestine, Egypt to Lusignan France. Approaching Cyprus describes and evokes a multi-directional convergence on the island in terms of both a physical and an intellectual journey – an inside viewed from an outside through the research of an international group of scholars, each of whom, however varied their viewpoint, period and topic, offers a contribution to our wider understanding of this remarkable island.
Category: History


Author : Angel Nicolaou Konnari
ISBN : 9789004147676
Genre : History
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The only one-volume scholarly survey of the ethnic groups, economy, religion, literature, and art of the multicultural Lusignan Kingdom of Cyprus during the first centuries of Frankish rule following the conquest of the Byzantine island in the Third Crusade.
Category: History

Cyprus And Its Places Of Desire

Author : Lisa Dikomitis
ISBN : 9780857721235
Genre : History
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For almost four decades, the island of Cyprus has been home to two separate refugee communities. Charting the displacement experience of the Greek Cypriot community in the south, and that of the Turkish Cypriot community in the north, this book provides a moving and detailed ethnography of the refugee experience in Cyprus. In her groundbreaking study, made possible by the opening of the dividing Green Line during fieldwork, Lisa Dikomitis demonstrates how both groups are linked by their histories of displacement to a single ‘place of desire’, a small mountainous village located in the north of Cyprus. Through a focus on the nature of the attachment to this particular village, and how this attachment has been shaped by questions of home, identity, justice and suffering, the author identifies the specific social and cultural meanings that citizenship and belonging have come to have for both communities._x000D_ _x000D_ The original name of the village is Larnakas tis Lapithou and for its former Greek Cypriot inhabitants, who fled during the Turkish invasion of 1974 and are scattered across the south of_x000D_ Cyprus, it will always remain so. But the village has changed drastically. It was renamed after 1974 to Kozan by the Turkish Cypriot authorities, and became home to Turkish Cypriot refugees from the south. Throughout this work, Lisa Dikomitis emphasizes the importance of place as a constructed network of social relationships. For Greek Cypriots the desire is to return to the village and recreate the network of relationships that was shattered by the war. For Turkish Cypriots the desire is to remain in the village and maintain the network of relationships that was constructed since the war. And for both this process is a question of justice and recognition of their suffering. The opening of the checkpoints on the border in 2003 provided a unique opportunity to conduct long-term fieldwork among Turkish Cypriots, something never done before by a Greek Cypriot anthropologist. Using anthropological methods, Dikomitis observed and participated in daily experiences over this period of dramatic change in the lives of these Cypriot refugees - recording a collection of multi-sited narratives, hopes and memories along the way.
Category: History

Photography And Cyprus

Author : Liz Wells
ISBN : 9781780766539
Genre : Art
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Formerly a British colony, the island of Cyprus is now a divided country, where histories of political and cultural conflicts, as well as competing identities, remain contested. Cyprus provides the ideal case study for this innovative exploration, extensively illustrated, of how the practice of photography in relation to its political, cultural and economic contexts both contributes and responds to the formation of identity. International contributors, representing diverse disciplines, draw from photography theory, art history, anthropology and sociology to explore how the island and its people have been represented photographically. They reveal how the different gazes - colonial, political, gendered and within art photography - contribute to the creation of individual and national identities and, by extension, to the creation and re-creation of imagery of Cyprus as place. The questions this book asks and the themes and arguments it follows apply also to other places characterized by their colonial heritage. The intriguing example of Cyprus thus serves as a fitting test-ground for current debates relating to photography, place and identity.
Category: Art

Cultural Technologies

Author : Göran Bolin
ISBN : 9781136302961
Genre : Social Science
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The essays in this volume discuss both the culture of technology that we live in today, and culture as technology. Within the chapters of the book cultures of technology and cultural technologies are discussed, focussing on a variety of examples, from varied national contexts. The book brings together internationally recognised scholars from the social sciences and humanities, covering diverse themes such as intellectual property, server farms and search engines, cultural technologies and epistemology, virtual embassies, surveillance, peer-to-peer file-sharing, sound media and nostalgia and much more. It contains both historical and contemporary analyses of technological phenomena as well as epistemological discussions on the uses of technology.
Category: Social Science


Author : William Mallinson
ISBN : 9780857730732
Genre : History
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In the troubled island of Cyprus, the national interests and rivalries of Greece and Turkey still collide, the population remains divided between the Greek and Turkish communities and the country is still a cat's paw of outside powers - especially the USA and the now resurgent Russia - as it has been since the acquisition of the island by Britain in 1878. Global rivalry between the great powers and Cyprus's vitally strategic position in the Eastern Mediterranean - a ‘listening post’ in the Cold War and even today - has meant that the populations have never been free to shape their own destinies which have been constantly influenced by great power interests. These are problems that have been brought into sharp focus by Cyprus's entry into the European Union. William Mallinson’s book is a fast-moving and incisive narrative history which portrays Cyprus as a continuing source of international tension in the Mediterranean and beyond. It features the latest source material from the recently released National Archive, vivid interviews with key players, even reports which raise awkward and embarrassing questions. His critical eye uncovers the underlying story of American and British involvement in the island's affairs, first as a key territory in Cold War politics with its close proximity to the Middle East and Asia and now as a key asset in the ‘war on terror’. Mallinson's new insights and revelations on the period leading up to and following the Turkish invasion in 1974, when Greece and Turkey - both NATO members - were on the brink of war are fascinating and make essential reading. Henry Kissinger is seen to be even more the master puppeteer, pressuring Britain not to give up her bases. Mallinson examines how after the Turkish invasion Kissinger planned the abortive Annan Plan to divide the island and how he regarded the retention of Cyprus as vital for a future solution of the Arab-Israeli problem. For Kissinger Cyprus was the important square on the ‘world chequer-board’ while British influence continued to decline and her independence in foreign policy was virtually non-existent. Mallinson also explores how Turkey’s drive to join the EU will affect not only stability in Cyprus but also the whole region, as Russia’s influence in the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean expands. So, in William Mallinson's words, ‘Cyprus lies [still] at the epicentre of this whole geopolitical merry-go-round’.
Category: History

The Value Of Arts And Culture For Regional Development

Author : Lisbeth Lindeborg
ISBN : 9781136760808
Genre : Business & Economics
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In this new volume, 28 Scandinavian researchers and others who are active in arts and culture seek to answer the questions: What has been the effect of regional and local investment in arts and culture? And what positive and negative experiences have there been? This book describes and analyzes the extent to which cultural investments at local and regional levels have stimulated development and led to essential processes of change for the community in general. Of special interest is how different places manage to "turn the tide". What do their development processes involve? Which ways and means do they use to go forward in order to change their paths and start anew? These are just a few of the important questions addressed in this book. One of the most important findings is that while you can never transfer the successful renewal of one place to another like a blueprint, certain common patterns in the cultural processes are discernible. The contributors to this book show the breadth of theoretical tools that can be used to increase awareness of the significance of culture for regional development. Throughout the book readers will find a multitude of theoretical concepts, from entrepreneurship theory, organizational institutionalism and cultural economy, to cultural planning and art management. This book will appeal to scholars and practitioners of urban and regional studies, and cultural and creative economics.
Category: Business & Economics

The Politics Of Culture In Turkey Greece Cyprus

Author : Leonidas Karakatsanis
ISBN : 9781317428206
Genre : Political Science
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Performing a political identity usually involves more than just casting a vote. For Left-wingers in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus – countries that emerged as the only non-socialist constituents of South-eastern Europe after WWII – political preference meant immersion to distinct ways of life, to ‘cultures’: in times of dictatorship or persecution, the desire to find alternative ways to express themselves gave content to these cultures. In times of political normality, it was the echoes of such memories of precarity and loss that took the lead. This book explores the intersection between the politics and cultures of the Left since the sixties in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus. With the use of 12 case studies, the contributors expose the moments in which the Left has been claimed and performed, not only through political manifestos and traditional political boundaries, but also through corporeal acts, discursive practices and affective encounters. These are all transformed into distinct modalities of everyday life and conduct, which are commemorated, narrated or sung, versed, painted, or captured in photographic images and on reels of tape. By focusing on culture and performance, this book highlights the complex link between nationalism and internationalism in left-wing cultures, and illuminates the entanglements between the ways in which left-wingers experienced transitions from dictatorship to democracy and vice versa. As the first book to analyse cultures and performances of the Left in the three countries, The Politics of Culture in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus causes a rethinking of the boundaries of political practice and fosters new understandings of the formation of diverse expressions of the Left. As such, it will be a valuable resource for students and scholars of cultural and social anthropology, modern European history and political science.
Category: Political Science

Cyprus Today

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ISBN : PSU:000052553011
Genre : Cyprus
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Category: Cyprus