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Benedetta Serapioni M.A.

Affiliated scholar, project "UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage"

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Personal Details:

2006-2010: BA in the Languages and Cultures of Eurasia and the Mediterranean, Ca' Foscari University Venice, (majors: Hebrew and Arabic Languages and Literatures; Jewish and Islamic Philosophy and History; Islamic Art History).
2011-2012: MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) London, (focus: Middle Eastern Politics and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict).
From 2013 to 2016 Benedetta Serapioni has been a researcher and PhD student in the project »Knowledge of the World – Heritage of Mankind« at the Leibniz Institute of European History, Mainz.

Research interests

History and politics of the Middle East
History and politics of Palestine and Israel
Urban space in contested cities
UNESCO World Heritage
Political history
Cultural history

Current research projects:

Contested Heritage, Symbolic Recognition: the Old City of Jerusalem and the beginning of UNESCO World Heritage 1955-1981

The project »Contested Heritage, Symbolic Recognition: the Old City of Jerusalem and the beginning of UNESCO World Heritage  1955-1981« deals with the history of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls as World Heritage. It is part of the project »Knowledge of the World - Heritage of Mankind: The History of UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage«.
 

Knowledge of the World - Heritage of Mankind: The History of UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage

The research project investigates the origins of the UNESCO World Heritage program for the first time on the basis of historical sources. Taking the World Heritage program governance institution as a prism, it investigates the shifting structures, institutions and actors, perceptions and agency. In five subprojects, it provides new insights into "transformations" of statehood, society and politics, culture and nature, time and space, past, present and future since the 1970s.