Ressouvenirs in Dialogue: University Students Tell Their War Stories

  • Pamela Chrabieh
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict book series (PSCHC)


In this chapter Chrabieh argues that in the absence of a national memory in Lebanon, of an official peace—education curriculum, and a common history book for schools and universities, it is urgent to dwell on intergenerational transmissions of memory. She presents the results of a qualitative research project she conducted from 2007–2014 with a post-civil war generation of students at the Holy Spirit University. Chrabieh discusses how the students tended to reproduce the stories they learnt from parents, from older friends and acquaintances, or else from political parties and sectarian communities. This chapter develops a discussion of how the students engage and reflect on war memories as partial remembrances, providing a trigger to critically reconsider the family’s/political party’s/sectarian community’s narratives and contested memories.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pamela Chrabieh
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  1. 1.American University in DubaiDubaiUnited Arab Emirates

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