Levantine Entanglements - Cultural Productions, Long-Term Changes and Globalizations in the Eastern Mediterranean - Terje Stordalen

Levantine Entanglements - Cultural Productions, Long-Term Changes and Globalizations in the Eastern Mediterranean - Terje Stordalen

7. Place-Making in the Jordanian Madaba Plains: The Contested Space of Tall Ḥesbān and Its Village Surroundings

Levantine Entanglements - Cultural Productions, Long-Term Changes and Globalizations in the Eastern Mediterranean - Terje Stordalen

Frode F. Jacobsen [+-]
Bergen University College
Frode F. Jacobsen (PhD in Anthropology, University of Bergen, 1997) is professor at Bergen University College, professor II at Betanien University College and research director of the Center for Care Research—Western Norway, funded by the Norwegian Research Council. Jacobsen has previously worked as associate professor at the University of Bergen for many years. Jacobsen, a trained medical anthropologist with a background in health studies, has performed fieldwork in Northern Sudan, Indonesia, and Norway. He is presently conducting comparative research on the organization of elderly care across Europe and North America, and on local social and cultural dynamics concerning international involvement in an archaeological excavation taking place in the village of Tall Ḥesbān in Jordan. Dr. Jacobsen took part in the preparations for and program of the research group at CAS 2014–2015.

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The chapter is a cultural anthropological exploration of the social memories and perceptions of the Tall Hisban summit among the present-day residents of the village of Hisban. By focusing on place-making processes aimed at the highest topographical point of the village, Jacobsen is able to map out how different dynamics contribute to the cultural production of various perceptions of this particular place: political, biographical, but also legendary and even historical dimensions. In the perceptions of local residents interviewed in this study, the village of Ḥisbān has for thousands of years been at the center of trends and forces of a scale far bigger than the village; forces and trends which one may label global forces. Still, the local realities of their lives and their village here and now loom larger than the attention toward past and present entanglement with, for example, other states and regimes, international NGOs, and even archaeologists. At best, aspects of their past and present entanglement are acknowledged as they become relevant for conceiving and speaking about present-day conditions of daily life. Place-making in Ḥesbān is thus a continuous and very local process imbuing the landscape of the tall, the village, and its surroundings with meaning, setting sacred places, artifacts, and events apart from the more mundane reality. At the same time, such local meaning-making and place-making processes employ and adapt motifs and sentiments that have been generated in trans-local settings.

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Jacobsen, Frode. 7. Place-Making in the Jordanian Madaba Plains: The Contested Space of Tall Ḥesbān and Its Village Surroundings. Levantine Entanglements - Cultural Productions, Long-Term Changes and Globalizations in the Eastern Mediterranean. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 202-221 Dec 2021. ISBN 9781781799123. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=38445. Date accessed: 24 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.38445. Dec 2021

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