Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Palestine Poster Project Archives: Origins, Evolution, And Potential
by Walsh, Daniel J., M.A., Georgetown University, 2011, 130; 1503515
Abstract (Summary)

Focusing on the more than 6,000 posters now on view at the Palestine Poster Project Archives Website ("Website"), I will outline its evolution from a (failed) class project to online resource for viewing the poster art of the Palestinian-Zionist conflict (1897 - Present). I will discuss the major features of the Website, including Special Collections and Iconography and introduce the four Wellsprings of the Palestine poster: Zionist-Israeli (2,005 posters); Palestinian (2,514 posters); Arab/Muslim (331 posters); and International (1,195 posters). I will outline how I originally became aware of the Palestine poster genre and began building a personal collection that would eventually evolve into an archives ("Archives"). I will list some of the ways the Website is currently being used by artists and teachers and outline some of its planned features including as a clearinghouse for the display of new posters created in the context of Palestine poster contests. In my conclusion, I will argue that the Website of the Palestine Poster Project Archives opens a new "cultural position" (quoting Edward Said) from which Americans can dispassionately discuss the Palestinian-Zionist conflict. This thesis is one of three elements in my thesis project. The other two are the New Curriculum and the Palestine Poster Project Archives Website.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Davis, Rochelle A.
Commitee: Davis, Rochelle A., Iskandar, Adel
School: Georgetown University
Department: Arab Studies
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Art history, Middle Eastern Studies
Keywords: Culture, Curriculum, Palestine, Political art, Posters, Zionism
Publication Number: 1503515
ISBN: 978-1-267-09165-9
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