Lubya – en udraderet palæstinensisk landsby som erindringssted

  • Bo Dahl Hermansen
Nøgleord: Lubya, memory place, body memory, landscape, place, master commemorative narrative, counter narratives


This contribution discusses the demolished, Palestinian village
of Lubya as memory place. Lubya was attacked and occupied by
Israeli military forces in 1948 and its inhabitants had to abandon the
village. Instead they became part of a world-wide Palestinian diaspora.
In Edward Said’s terms, like other Palestinian refugees, they became
“nowhere people”, who exploited memories about their village of origin
in order to construct an identity in the diaspora. This memory work
is a problem as memories of individual villages become integrated in
the broader discourse of the Palestinian nakba (catastrophe). Thus, a
forceful counter-narrative is emerging, which negates the dominant,
Zionist master commemorative narrative on which the state of Israel is
based. The theoretical background of the contribution includes Pierre
Nora’s notion of lieux de mémoire, Paul Connerton’s ideas about body
memory, as well as a phenomenological approach to landscape, place,
and space.

Hermansen, B. (2013). Lubya – en udraderet palæstinensisk landsby som erindringssted. Dansk Teologisk Tidsskrift, 76(1), 46-60.