Title: PhD Student
A doctoral student at Pasts in the Present cluster, Aarthi Ajit specialises in the study of orality and the role of memory in the intergenerational transference of material culture. Her research is focused on how values, heritage and memory travel from the past to the present through memories of ancestral house complexes in Kerala, South India, which no longer exist, known as tharavads. She hopes to examine the socio-cultural reasons of why tharavads in Kerala have been/are being demolished, in order to explore what this entails for contemporary heritage practices amongst Keralite emigrants abroad, also known as the Malayali diaspora. At stake with the migration trajectory of Malayalis is a particular displacement of memory, beginning with actual bodily displacement from the family tharavad. This has implications on how vernacular history and values are transmitted to the next generation via objects which contain memories of the original ‘home’. By inquiring how ancestral and present-day 'responsibilities' for descendants of demolished tharavads in Kerala are created, inherited, and reproduced, Aarthi will study how oral histories and objects originating from the ancestral house complex could act as catalysts of cultural memory which endure beyond the physical life of the tharavad.
Position: Postdoctoral fellow
Institution: University Paris Nanterre , Archéologies et Sciences de l'Antiquité, UMR 7041
Takes part in the project: Archives of archeological digs at prehistoric and ancient sites
Shaker Al SHBIB is a Syrian archaeologist who has worked until 2011 for the Syrian Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) and served from 2005-2011 as the Director of Excavations and Archaeological Research in the Idlib Region. He has previously worked as an assistant curator and adjunct conservator at the Idlib Archaeological Museum.
Shaker Al-Shbib received his Master (2006) and Doctorate (2014) degrees from the Université de Paris 1 and his BA (2001) from Damascus University. He has co-directed the Syrian-French Excavation at Apamea (2003-2005), the Syrian-Lebanese Excavation at Cyrrhus (2006-2011), and the Syrian-Spanish Mission at Tall As Sin (2005-2008). He has also participated in a number of Archaeological projects including the Syrian-Japanese mission at Raqqa region (2005-2006), Doura-Europos (2002-2008), and Tell Afis (2004-2005).
In 2015 Al SHBIB joined the LabEx the past in the present as part of the project «archives of excavations of prehistoric and ancient sites». He works both on the archives and documentation of the French mission in Southern Syria, and on the publication of his thesis entitled the fortifications of Cyrrhus-Nabi Houri from the Hellenistic period to the reconstruction by Justinian.Al SHBIB is a contracted heritage expert with the Smithsonian Institution and a consulting scholar at the Penn Museum. He has been working with the Safeguarding the Heritage of Syria and Iraq (SHOSI) Project since Januray 2014 on emergency conservation measures at key Syrian heritage sites at risk. Al-Shbib has planned and coordinated the SHOSI emergency preservation projects at the Ma’arra Museum, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ancient Villages of Northern Syria and the site of Ebla
Title: Dr. Political sciences
Institution: Institut des Sciences sociales du Politique, UMR 7220
Takes part in the project: Study of social appropriations of historical exhibitions
Publisher: La Documentation française
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Faire l’expérience de l’histoire ? Retour sur les appropriations sociales des expositions du centenaire de la Première Guerre mondiale
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