History as dogma

History as dogma

By Marina Christofides

How do we remember the past? How does each side in our ethnically divided island approach our history? And what does that mean for our future?

Differently, and it doesn’t bode well, according to social anthropologist and University of Cyprus professor, Yiannis Papadakis, speaking on history, memory and identity at the Home for Cooperation earlier this week.

“Just like maps of Nicosia depict a city divided, so is our history. People see half the picture, learn half the history, feel half the pain,” he says. “For example, when we talk about the refugees, or the missing, we only see our own refugees and missing, never the other side’s.”

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