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Accepted Paper:

What Does the Ruins Speak? Urbanization Processes, Liminality, Belonging and Soba Archaeological Site (Sudan).  
Maciej Kurcz (Jagiellonian University in Kraków)

Paper short abstract:

This paper – based on ethnographic research – will explore how communities re-settling the ruins conceptualise the past of this place to organise their daily life in a new residence in spite of political, economic and environmental struggles.

Paper long abstract:

For the Sudanese, the term Soba has essentially two meanings today. The first, refers to the former capital of the medieval Nubian Kingdom of Alwa and one of the largest archaeological sites in Sudan (‘Past Soba’). The second, to the suburban zone of the Khartoum agglomeration (‘Modern Soba’). ‘Past Soba’ and ‘Modern Soba’ are two intertwined space-time continuums, whose relations are multi-layered especially since the 1990s when the ruins started to be radically reduced by modern settlement.

This paper – based on ethnographic research – will explore how communities re-settling the ruins conceptualise the past of this place to organise their daily life in a new residence in spite of political, economic and environmental struggles. The research is part of the archeological project entitled ‘Soba – the Heart of Alwa’ initiated in 2019.

Panel Hist32
Understanding the present and moulding the future through interaction with the past: interdisciplinary approaches to identity, migrations and materialities
  Session 1 Wednesday 31 May, 2023, -