PhD Topic/Title: People & Place in Contentious Space
The objective of this research is to understand the connections between the Palestinian-Christian diaspora in Jordan and their homeland, primarily but not limited to the West Bank, and how this shapes how this particular group make places into homes. It seeks to assess the role of religion as a factor of identity amongst this communal group which has dealt with and continues to deal with multiple precarities as a minority group away from their homeland. Identity will be explored not just as thoughts and feelings but through objects and spaces which are found within the ‘home-space’. Home-space refers not just to the house where a family may reside but also as a wider geographical location where everyday activities are undertaken and also as the nation. People’s ideas of home, as explored through these multiple levels, will be explored to understand to what extent they exist in continual relationship to the homeland, as both an idea and a physical place. Finally, the research aims to reverse the trajectory of diaspora thinking which operates from a directional position from homeland to diaspora. By inversing this, it seeks to explore how the nature of home-making in diaspora impacts home-making in the homeland.