The Militarization of Opulence: Engendering a Conflict Heritage Site


Demetriou, Olga. 2012. “The Militarization of Opulence: Engendering a Conflict Heritage Site.” International Feminist Journal of Politics 14 (1): 56–77. doi:10.1080/14616742.2011.631286.

Author: Olga Demetriou


This article investigates the processes through which a site, thought to encapsulate the history of the Cyprus conflict, has been militarized in multiple ways. Defined as a site of negotiation since its opening, Ledra Palace Hotel has instead been a place where conflict has diachronically persisted. The masculinization and militarization of this environment is addressed within a gender-focused analysis that emphasizes the normalization of violence. This approach reveals the political potential of acknowledging conflict dynamics hitherto obfuscated by hegemonic conceptualizations of ‘the conflict’.

Keywords: Cyprus buffer zone, development, gender in conflict, Subjectivity

Topics: Gender, Women, Masculinity/ies, Gender Analysis, Military Forces & Armed Groups, Militarization, Violence Regions: Europe, Southern Europe Countries: Cyprus

Year: 2012

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