Anne-Linda Amira Augustin is a research associate and PhD candidate in the research network “ReConfigurations. History, Remembrance and Transformation Processes in the Middle East and North Africa” at the Center for Near and Middle East Studies (Philipps-University Marburg / Germany). She works on various topics related to Southern Yemen such amongst others youth issues and the Southern Movement.
Anne-Linda Amira Augustin’s project:
Family Memories and Urban Areas as Contested Spaces – Being Young and South Arabian in Aden (South Yemen)
The so-called “Arab Spring” and the following transition process in Yemen with its entire political, economic, as well as security crisis andconflicts brought a new momentum for Southern Yemeni society. This is apparent in conflicts between the independence movement al-Hirak al-Janubi (Southern Movement) and the regime of Sanaa. The “hidden transcript”, which emerged after the Civil War in 1994, is no longer hidden, but visible in public spheres as a discourse that shows mechanisms of social transformations. In this context, family memories serve as source of knowledge for young people on the one hand and as a contested space, in which politics between the north and the south of the country, as well as innersouthern Yemeni discourses between generations are actively shaped and new interpreted. The project aims at demonstrating how youth mobilization in Southern Yemen is mainly connected to cultural and social transmissions in families. In drawing on space theories and in using research techniques of oral history this paper takes an historical perspective on Aden as a contested urban spaceand a social sciences perspective on family memories as contested social space.