Resisting clearance and reclaiming place in Cyprus’ state forests through the work of heritage

Gibson, E. S.L. (2020) Resisting clearance and reclaiming place in Cyprus’ state forests through the work of heritage. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 26(7), pp. 700-716. (doi: 10.1080/13527258.2019.1693415)

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The British took over administrative control of Cyprus in 1878 and three years later all uncultivated land was converted into State Forest. The removal of people from the forest over the following 60 years had long term social impacts—clearance is manifest in the absence of a connection and knowledge of the forest and its past inhabitants. This paper explores how clearance is resisted in rural Cyprus through the practice and performance of heritage. It is derived from the community-engaged Pathways to Heritage Project that sought to understand the places and practices of significance to the village of Nikitari located on the outskirts of the Adelphi State Forest, Cyprus. I focus on two stories of resistance. Elder Panayiotis Alexandrou Loppas grew up in the forest and spent his life resisting clearance through visiting his places of significance and performing memory. He reworks the past in order that he and his ancestors are remembered into the future. Teachers and pupils of the Asinou Regional Primary School chose the abandoned village of Asinou as the anchor for a new school identity. Their research transformed this forgotten place into a heritage site while setting the foundations for a new regional identity.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gibson, Dr Erin
Authors: Gibson, E. S.L.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Journal Name:International Journal of Heritage Studies
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1470-3610
Published Online:20 November 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Erin S.L. Gibson
First Published:First published in International Journal of Heritage Studies 26(7):700-716
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
172541PATHMichael GivenEuropean Commission (EC)657370Arts - Archaeology