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Reviewer meets Reviewed: Being Bedouin Around Petra
Tuesday 19 January 2021, 04:00pm - 06:00pm
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REVIEWER MEETS REVIEWED

A VIRTUAL SEMINAR SERIES OF THE ROYAL ANTHROPOLOGICAL INSTITUTE

Being Bedouin Around Petra: Life at a World Heritage Site in the Twenty-First Century 

Tuesday 19 January 2021 at 4.00-6.00pm (GMT)

This webinar will be held on Zoom. Please register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5YLbHtpJT2mq8X0sWnGDMQ 

The British Museum’s Anthropology Library and Research Centre, in conjunction with the Royal Anthropological Institute, is pleased to present ‘Reviewer meets Reviewed’, a discussion between author Mikkel Bille and reviewer Jonathan Benthall.

Petra, Jordan became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985, and the semi-nomadic Bedouin inhabiting the area were resettled as a consequence. The Bedouin themselves paradoxically became UNESCO Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage in 2005 for the way in which their oral traditions and everyday lives relate to the landscape they no longer live in. Being Bedouin Around Petra asks: How could this happen? And what does it mean to be Bedouin when tourism, heritage protection, national discourse, an Islamic Revival and even New Age spiritualism lay competing claims to the past in the present?