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Refuge, narrow ground: on humanitarianism, visibility, memory and blood among Palestinian refugee families in Syria

Grant number: 17/26831-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2018
Effective date (End): June 30, 2021
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology
Principal researcher:Paula Montero
Grantee:Helena de Morais Manfrinato Othman
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:15/02497-5 - Religion, law and secularism: a new civic repertoire in Contemporary Brazil, AP.TEM


The research aims to investigate the impact of the visibility of the refuge caused by the Syrian conflict in the modes of participation, sociality and perception of Palestinian refugee families, especially in urban occupation Leila Khaled and Al Janiah restaurant respectively, their places of residence and work. In the midst of the mediatization of the humanitarian crisis in Syria, Palestinian families have come to be classified as vulnerable (BUTLER, 2015), capable of help and ethical-political interest. These frameworks of war, in turn, do not coincide with their own perception of themselves, grounded in a vital relationship with the ancestral land, to which they aspire to return, in their memory and in the strength contained in Palestinian blood. The general hypothesis is that the publicizing of the refuge, while limiting the actors to the role of refugees to be protected by civil society and solidarity networks, enabled the production of a "positive" perception of the Palestinian in Brazil, facilitating the incorporation of this variation "Arab-Islamic" in the spectrum of cultural differences present in Brazilian society. The objective of the research is to understand the terms that underpin and articulate these perceptions, how they impact and produce these socialities, the political and economic forms of participation and coexistence, the modes of participation in the organization of political-cultural spaces, Brazilian social movements, in the production and commercialization of food, and in the relationship of neighborhoods between Palestinian families in an urban occupation.