The Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) hosted a lecture and discussion with Dr. Faleh Jabbar on "State-building and Nationalism in the Middle East," with particular reference to the recent events here in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Dr. Jabbar is one of the leading experts on Iraq, Kurds, Nationalism and has written extensively on these topics. His books include: The Kurds: Nationalism and Politics The Shi'ite Movement in Iraq Tribes and Power: Nationalism and Ethnicity in the Middle East Ayatollahs, Sufis and Ideologues A podcast of this talk is now available. Listen on SoundCloud or by clicking on link below:
A 2-day conference on October 30th and 31st brought together national and international experts to explore new approaches to monitor, protect and preserve the cultural heritage of all Iraq. The conference, Protecting the Past: Towards a Better Future with Cultural Heritage, jointly organized by the AUIS Center for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (CACHE), the University of Oxford Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East & North Africa (EAMENA) project, and the University of Sulaimani, drew upon the experience of projects and approaches that have been successful throughout the wider Middle East in protecting local cultural heritage. The podcasts from the conference are now available online. Please click on individual talks in the program below or visit our podcast channel to listen to the conference speakers. Kurdish and Arabic translations of podcasts are available, where indicated next to each talk. The podcasts have been produced by EAMENA, and are also available on the Protecting the Past and the University of Oxford websites. Sunday, 30 October: Towards a better future with cultural heritage in the MENA region Protecting the Past in Iraq: Challenges and Needs Keynote: Robert Bewley (Director, EAMENA) - Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East & North Africa (کوردی) May Shaer (UNESCO Iraq) - Safeguarding Iraq's Cultural Heritage: An Overview of UNESCO's Activities (کوردی | عربى) Abdelamir al-Hamdani (State Board of Antiquities and Heritage) - Digitizing the Past: A New Digital Atlas and Database of the Archaeological sites in Iraq (کوردی | عربى) Iraq in the MENA Region: New Initiatives and Approaches (Part I) Graham Philip (SHIRIN & Durham University) The Shirin Project: the development of tools to support collective action in heritage protection and damage mitigation (کوردی | عربى) Allison Cuneo (ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives) - Monitoring, Protecting, and Preserving Cultural Heritage: Recent Results of the ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives (کوردی | عربى) Kozad Ahmad (University of Sulaimani) - The Types of Danger to the Cultural Heritage of the Middle East (کوردی | عربى) Abdullah Khorsheed (IICAH) - Archaeological Conservation Programs at the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and heritage Katie A. Paul (Antiquities Coalition) - Culture Under Threat: Developing and Implementing Solutions to Cultural Racketeering and Terrorist Financing (عربى) Monday, 31st October: Safeguarding heritage in Iraq Iraq in the MENA region: New Initatives and Initiatives (Part II) John MacGinnis (Iraq Emergency Heritage Management Project, British Museum) - The British Museums Iraq Emergency Heritage Management Training Scheme (کوردی) Roger Matthews (RASHID, University of Reading) - RASHID International: Formulating a Future for Iraq's Past (کوردی) Bijan Rouhani (AMAL Project, ICOMOS) - AMAL in Heritage: A cultural emergency management tool for MENA region (کوردی | عربى) Cultural Heritage and Capacity Building in Conflict Zones Layla Salih (State Board of Antiquities and Heritage) - The Destroyed Heritage in Mosul - reality and challenges (کوردی | عربى) Tobin Hartnell (AUIS) - Capacity Building for Cultural Heritage in the KRG (کوردی | عربى) Didier Bouakaze-Khan (METU, Ankara) - Archaeological Heritage in Conflict Zones Protecting the Past in the Face of Development: Defining Goals and Expectations Ricardo Cabral (Kani Shaie Archaeology Project, Universidade de Coimbra) - Using Digital Technologies to Document the Endangered Archaeological Heritage of the Bazyan Basin in Slemani Emma Cunliffe (EAMENA, Oxford) - Site Destruction in the Iraqi Jazirah: a satellite imagery assessment Saman Ahmad (Kurdistan Botanical Foundation) - The status of Flora of Kurdistan region, Iraq (کوردی | عربى) Narmen Ali Muhamadameen (Salahaddin University) - The Citadel of Kirkuk: Reconnaissance and Assessment of Its Archaeological Heritage (کوردی | عربى)
Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC) interviews Christine van den Toorn, Director of the Institute of Regional and International Studies at AUIS to discuss Mosul's future after ISIS, and what the international community should be doing. Listen to her podcast here.
AUIS Institute of Regional and International Studies Senior Fellow, Ahmed Ali, talks to Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC) about the flooding in Baghdad, the ongoing fight against ISIS, new challenges for Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s reforms, the political crisis in Iraqi Kurdistan, and other key developments. Listen to the interactive talk in the Enabling Peace podcast below. Follow Ahmed Ali on Twitter @IraqShamel. Photo credit: EPIC