Famagusta, Cyprus: Cultural Heritage at the Center of Political and Cultural Contestation
This contribution analyses cultural heritage doctrines that reinforce nation building, territoriality, and ownership after the Second World War. Using Famagusta, Cyprus, as a case study, the difficulties this city faces in formulating heritage policies due to the heritage system created by UNESCO and the UN are examined. The civil war in Cyprus ended in a deadlock. The ensuing refusal to recognize the Turkish Republic of North-Cyprus as a state by these supranational institutions serves as a political barrier that has prevented the discussion of the future of its cultural heritage. As such, this contribution shows how dominant views on cultural heritage at the international level are intertwined with political contestation.
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