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Humanities 2019, 8(1), 24; https://doi.org/10.3390/h8010024

Nubia Still Exists: On the Utility of the Nostalgic Space

Faculty of Design Science, University of Antwerp, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
Received: 27 November 2018 / Revised: 22 January 2019 / Accepted: 24 January 2019 / Published: 31 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Contemporary Nostalgia)
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Abstract

The 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
Keywords: Nubia; nostalgic spaces; displacement; territory; disembodied territoriality; spatial production Nubia; nostalgic spaces; displacement; territory; disembodied territoriality; spatial production
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