Abroskina E. Tunisian Sefseri as an Actor of Cultural Memory

Evgeniia Abroskina
Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation 
ORCID: 0000-0002-2960-5658
E-mail: ugenia92@yandex.ru


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ABSTRACT. The article is devoted to the study of the role of the female veil sefseri in the process of political formation of the cultural memory of Tunisia. Drawing on the concept of “biography of things” by I. Kopytoff, the author analyzes the transformation of the “life trajectory” of this object, which depends on changes in the political discourse of the state: from the promotion of sefseri during the French protectorate to veil removal campaigns under the first President H. Bourguiba, and from the attempts to lower the status of the sefseri under President Z. Ben Ali to the revival of interest in the traditional costume after the 2011 revolution. Using the example of a particular case, the author also shows another possible trajectory of the movement of the object within one family during the post-revolutionary period, i.e. the transformation of the symbolic meaning of the object from a practically oriented one into a family heirloom used as part of the ritual.


KEYWORDS: veil, Tunisia, biography of the thing, cultural memory


DOI 10.31250/2618-8619-2021-1(11)-128-129
УДК 391.2(611) 



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