Nubia Still Exists: On the Utility of the Nostalgic Space
AbstractThe Egyptian government displaced all Nubian villages to build the High Dam. New generations of Egyptian Nubians still identify as displaced and live in a nostalgic virtual space that carries a rendition of a paradise-like old Nubia. I investigate this spatial phenomenon by surveying Nubian literary and oral tradition, which displays signs of belonging to a geography that is no longer material. This paper lays out a conceptualisation of this space of nostalgia perpetuated in a metanarrative of a utopian lost land, that poses it as a disembodied territory while nostalgia is territoriality. From my position as a Nubian woman and a scholar, I use auto-ethnographic tools to methodically decode and layout this territory. The paper offers empirical evidence of the effect of these virtual territories on materialised spatial production and, therefore, argues that Nubians remain space makers by carving their own virtual territory and that Nubia still exists. View Full-Text
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Agha, M. Nubia Still Exists: On the Utility of the Nostalgic Space. Humanities 2019, 8, 24.
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Agha, Menna. 2019. "Nubia Still Exists: On the Utility of the Nostalgic Space." Humanities 8, no. 1: 24.
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