This panel will explore changing patterns of mutuality in cities of the Mediterranean and Middle East, and their incorporation in discourse through stories, memory, and acts of commemoration.
This panel is about the changing patterns of mutuality in cities of the Mediterranean and Middle East, as they are reconfigured through shifting populations and the material practices of co-existence, and filtered through memories of forms of mutuality and the sharing of experience in the past. We will be concerned with the 'stories from below' of past and present encounters between groups and individuals across barriers of various types that have inspired the maps people use; created or transformed educational or health practices and provision; stimulated new economic relationships; or produced new forms of creative partnerships. We especially invite papers which combine anthropology with other disciplines, through the inclusion of the role of oral history and heritage practices in commemorating diversity and mutuality. Participants are asked to examine case studies of the daily interaction of diverse presences, how these encounters are gendered, and the role of nostalgia in the way these are thought of, talked about, and become embedded in private and public discourse. The workshop ultimately aims to develop a fuller picture of ideas about mutuality, its contribution to the making of, and encounters between, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean society, and to discussions about the future.