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The Space In-Between. Tracing Transformative Processes in Nicosia’s Buffer Zone.

  • This thesis examines urban partition in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, and how its changing roles and shifting perceptions in a post-conflict setting reflect power relations, and their constant renegotiation. Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, was officially divided in 1974 in the aftermath of an eighteen-year-long conflict between the island’s Turkish- and Greek-Cypriot communities. As a result, aThis thesis examines urban partition in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, and how its changing roles and shifting perceptions in a post-conflict setting reflect power relations, and their constant renegotiation. Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, was officially divided in 1974 in the aftermath of an eighteen-year-long conflict between the island’s Turkish- and Greek-Cypriot communities. As a result, a heavily militarized Buffer Zone, established as an emergency measure against perpetuation of intercommunal violence, has been cutting through its historic centre ever since. This thesis departs from a genuine interest in the material and ideational dimensions of urban partition. How is it constructed, not merely in physical terms but in the minds of the societies affected by conflict? How is it established in official and everyday discourses? What kinds of mechanisms have been developed to maintain it, and make an inseparable part of the urban experience? Moreover, taking into account the consensus in relevant literature pertaining to the imperative for its removal, this thesis is inquiring into the relevance of peace agreements to overcoming urban partition. For this purpose, it also looks at narratives and practices that have attempted to contest it. The examples examined in this thesis offer pregnant analytical moments to understand Nicosia’s Buffer Zone as a dynamic social construct, accommodating multiple visions of and for the city. Its space ‘in-between’ facilitates encounters between various actors, accommodates new meanings, socio-spatial practices and diverse imaginaries. In this sense, urban partition is explored in this thesis as a phenomenon that transcends scales as well as temporalities, entwining past, present, and future.show moreshow less

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Document Type:Doctoral Thesis
Author: Zinovia Foka
DOI (Cite-Link):https://doi.org/10.25643/bauhaus-universitaet.4444Cite-Link
URN (Cite-Link):https://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-20210531-44447Cite-Link
Referee:Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alexa FärberORCiDGND
Advisor:Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Max Welch GuerraGND
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2021/05/29
Year of first Publication:2021
Date of final exam:2020/05/25
Release Date:2021/05/31
Publishing Institution:Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Granting Institution:Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Fakultät Architektur und Urbanistik [bis 2014 Fakultät Architektur]
Institutes and partner institutions:Fakultät Architektur und Urbanistik [bis 2014 Fakultät Architektur] / Institut für Europäische Urbanistik
Pagenumber:266
Tag:Stadt / Teilung
genealogy; socio-spatial practices; space; power; knowledge; urban heritage; urban partition
GND Keyword:Stadtforschung; Stadt; Zypern
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Sozialwissenschaften / 300 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie
700 Künste und Unterhaltung / 710 Landschaftsgestaltung, Raumplanung
BKL-Classification:74 Geographie, Raumordnung, Städtebau / 74.12 Stadtgeographie, Siedlungsgeographie
Licence (German):License Logo Creative Commons 4.0 - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell-Keine Bearbeitung (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)