Not even a word: Politics of speech and silence in Palestinian memories

  • Sara Rawash Università di Torino, Italy


This article explores the memories of female Palestinian former political prisoners, via a rethinking of the interrogation moment as liminal space. This arena reveals and triggers productive processes of recognition of self and other, construction of meaning, and resistance strategies by reproducing a mode of remembering that can transcend the yoke of “victimisation” and defeat. I aim to acknowledge the terminology that prisoners use – or refuse – to describe themselves and their “being-in-the-world” and to explore the wide range of meanings involved. In this context silence, the act of not confessing during the interrogation, can be read as a microcosm of values that is not reducible to traumatic discourses, a categorisation that risks obscuring the social, cultural and political frame in which it is shaped.

How to Cite
Rawash, S. (2021) “Not even a word: Politics of speech and silence in Palestinian memories”, Anuac, 10(1), pp. 139-159. doi: 10.7340/anuac2239-625X-4084.
Thematic section: Rethinking agency: Cultural trauma and political violence