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How do we write war when it has no end and no beginning? What processes of memory and remembrance can be deployed when there is no outside to war, and no temporality beyond it? This paper engages war as an ongoing event, either because of its recurrence in many parts of the Middle East, or because it has become integrated as a mode of being and a way of life. Focusing on the Lebanese civil war particularly and examining the genre of the war memoir, I argue that war is omnipresent to the point of invisibility, which renders the work of memory and theories of trauma ineffective as conceptual frameworks. The talk explores new theoretical tools that fully recognize the inability to access or reconstitute war as a past event and that could be written, represented, and processed.
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All Middle East
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