The burden of the barbed wire : the role of iconic imagery on Turkish Cypriot postmemory
Thesis (M.A.)--Georgetown University, 2011.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. Cyprus has been divided by a border since 1974. The failure to recognize, acknowledge and understand the psychosocial aspect of the conflict during the reunification talks has been nothing but an obstruction on the way to end the division, as the conflict weighs heavily on the Turkish and Greek Cypriot conscience. In order to understand the psychosocial and emotional aspects of the conflict and division better, this work explores the transmission of traumatic experiences of Turkish Cypriots during the intercommunal violence in Cyprus between 1963 and 1974 to the second generation Turkish Cypriots. Through semiotic analysis of six widely-disseminated images that depict pain, suffering, and violence the Turkish Cypriot community experienced, I found that iconic photographs have enabled the materializing and restructuring of collective memory and postmemory over time. Furthermore, these memories, the national myths they sustain, and their contribution to the construction of insecurity towards the "other" have been crucial in maintaining the mental and physical separation of the two communities in Cyprus.
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