Maram Masarwi: The Palestinian Archive: A Genealogy of Colonial Plunder and Fragmented Identity

The tragedy of the Palestinian Archive is that it has been repeatedly exposed to trauma. This trauma has deepened over the years with the succession of various disasters afflicted to the Palestinian people. The Nakba, Naksa, the First Lebanon War, and the two intifadas – all of these exacted significant and cumulative effects that had a decisive influence on the loss of the Palestinian Archive. This project investigates and analyzes the status of the Palestinian visual archive as a case study. It explores the transformation of the field of the visual archive since the second half of the twentieth century. Masarwi elaborates on the multiple attempts to preserve and collect the Palestinian archive by official institutions, civil society and international figures. Her project investigates why the Palestinian people do not yet have their own national archive.

Maram Masarwi is currently a lecturer and researcher at the Arab American University and at the Al-Qasemi Academic College of Education. She was the Dean of the Faculty of Education, and the head of the Early Childhood Department at Al-Qasemi College. Masarwi holds a PhD from the Department of Social Work at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her dissertation dealt with gender differences in bereavement and trauma among Palestinian parents who lost their children in the al-Aqsa Intifada.  In 2014/15 she was a Postdoctoral EUME Fellow at the Forum Transregionale Studien and at Freie UniversitätBerlin.


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