The Nahrein Network: New Ancient History Research for Education in Iraq and its Neighbours

Lead Research Organisation: University College London
Department Name: History

Abstract

Nahrein is the Arabic word for Mesopotamia - the ancient "land between two rivers", centred on modern-day Iraq and northern Syria. The literate, urban cultures of Sumer, Babylonia and Assyria together represent the vital first half of history, millennia before Greece and Rome. Yet they are also a new antiquity, rediscovered archaeologically in the 19th and 20th centuries, irrevocably entangled in the region's messy politics of colonialism and dictatorship, and now threatened by the conflicts tearing the region apart.

Millions of dollars of international aid are being pumped into the documentation, digitisation and conservation of threatened and war-damaged cultural heritage sites across the Middle East, with little thought for local interests and impacts. The Nahrein Network by contrast will enable local people to reclaim this heritage as local history, and to put it to constructive use for local communities and economies. It aims to harness interdisciplinary humanities research and education to help Middle Eastern universities, museums, archives and cultural heritage sites build their capacity to contribute to their countries' economic, cultural and social development in the years ahead.

The wars in Iraq and Syria spread their deadly effects far beyond the immediate conflict zones. But much-needed emergency relief should not be at the expense of planning for longer-term economic and social regrowth. Network partner UNESCO Iraq identifies education and culture as two key Areas of Action, with gender equality and academic isolation as of particular concern, while UNAMI aims to aid social reconciliation though cultural dialogue.

Centred initially on southern Iraq and Kurdistan, Nahrein will run a Research Centre directed by Dr Saad Eskander at the University of Kurdistan Hewler (Erbil) and two collaborative hubs at the University of Baghdad and Basrah Museum. In year 3 it will expand into Turkey, Lebanon and--if safe--Syria and Iran with help from the British Institute at Ankara, the Council for British Research in the Levant and, we hope, the British Institute of Persian Studies.

With support from the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, in Strand 1 we will welcome humanities educators and researchers back into the international fold by offering varied options for international, interdisciplinary collaboration, training, mentoring and peer-group support, especially for women, minorities, and early career researchers.

In Strand 2 we will issue six-monthly funding calls for interdisciplinary, collaborative projects open to academics, cultural heritage professionals, NGOs and community groups. Each call will address a different selection of five overall themes, related to the core team's own research, chosen to address the Network's five primary Aims (see Objectives). This sequencing will allow research projects to learn from and build on prior findings, and enable Network participants to respond flexibly to new developments in the region. We aim to strike a balance between providing appropriate support and expertise from the project team and allowing Network participants to take the lead on their own research and development. We will encourage a wide range of traditional and innovative methodologies and outputs, both theoretical and practice-based. However, the emphasis will be on open-access, peer-reviewed online publication, for instance via UCL Press and the Open Richly Annotated Cuneiform Corpus (oracc.org). In this way we will maximise accessibility of the Network's findings while providing authors and readers with the reassurance of high academic quality.

In Strand 3 we will set up five working groups, one for each Aim, to evaluate, share and embed good practice, and make policy recommendations across the network's full geographical range. With partners we will secure funding to develop a sustainable new generation of high quality humanities research in and for the benefit of the wider Middle East.

Planned Impact

The Network will first centre on southern Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan, expanding to Syria and northern Iraq (under appropriate circumstances, risk analysis permitting), Lebanon, eastern Turkey and we hope, western Iran in year 3. All five countries are on the DAC list of ODA recipients, four classed as Upper Middle Income and the Syrian Arab Republic as Lower Middle Income. In addition, OECD's States of Fragility Framework 2016 lists Iraq and Syria amongst the 56 countries and economies in 'fragile situations'. Nahrein aims to contribute to the economic development of these countries by legitimating, enabling, and harnessing high-quality, interdisciplinary humanities research on local antiquity in the region. The return of local heritage to local owners, from experts to enthusiasts, will benefit industries from sustainable tourism to documentary media. Improved graduate employability and leadership, especially for women and minorities, will facilitate the growth of a modern workforce to attract internal, regional and international investment in economic development.

Beyond our academic beneficiaries, we have targetted impact on the following groups:

a) cultural heritage professionals in museums, archives, and NGOs such as Nature Iraq and UNESCO
While a lot of international training is on offer for the physical preservation of material culture, there is much less support for facilitating Middle Eastern cultural heritage organisations to connect meaningfully with local publics, leaving challenging questions about who cultural heritage is actually for. Through fellowships, collaborative research projects, and mentoring, we aim to help museums, archives and NGOs to understand their audiences better, and to develop effective strategies and resources for education, knowledge exchange and public engagement, online, in traditional media and face- to-face. Likewise, their counterparts in UK institutions with Middle Eastern holdings will benefit from local expertise on this material.

b) humanities graduates in the Middle East
As in many countries world wide, Middle Eastern governments have been slow to recognise and support the huge economic, social and cultural benefits that effective humanities education can provide. At the same time, the region is grappling with ever larger, ever younger populations. By facilitating, testing, and embedding practice-based research into locally effective undergraduate pedagogies, we will help young adults across the region benefit from enhanced employability and leadership, with consequent economic impact.

c) NGOs and community groups, such as UNAMI and Al-Amal, working on post-conflict reconciliation
Decades of dictatorship and sectarian conflict in the region have led to grievances, stereotypes, and the domination and exclusion of many communities. Since 2014 Da'esh's systemic persecution of minorities in northern Iraq has amounted in many cases to cultural genocide. The Network will contribute to ongoing community-based post-conflict reconciliation by using the ancient past as a politically neutral 'safe' space for public discussion of difficult issues in contemporary society.

d) local publics interested in the Middle Eastern past
Ancient and modern pasts are key components of the construction of secure, tolerant, forward-looking personal and social identities. Yet over the past two centuries colonial and dictatorial regimes have tried to shape and control ancient Middle Eastern history to their own ends. We will facilitate local educators and NGOs to restore access to local pasts, for self- knowledge, community-building, and sheer enjoyment.

e) government agencies and policy-makers in the UK and Middle East
In recent years global academia has lobbied hard to articulate the manifold benefits of the humanities to cultural, social and economic development. We will build on that advocacy by demonstrating the utility of building the humanities and culture into development planning.

Organisations

Publications

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Title Owning the Past: From Mesopotamia to Iraq 
Description A dual language (Arabic and English) exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford (12 December 2020 - 22 August 2021) that highlights the long-lasting impact of the past on the present. It explores how the borders of the state of Iraq were established following the First World War when British control of the region included a fascination with its ancient past - one that led to a colonisation of Mesopotamian antiquity as much as the living communities. It questions what is meant by heritage and introduces voices and stories of people not previously visible in displays devoted to the very histories and heritage of their homelands. The development of the exhibition was informed by projects supported by the Nahrein Network, which features in the concluding section of the display 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact The development of the exhibition was informed by projects supported by the Nahrein Network, including workshops: The Station, Baghdad, exploring heritage perceptions among Iraq's youth (April 2018); best practice among managers of Iraq's museums (Nov. 2018); as well as discussions with Nahrein/BISI Visiting Scholars. The displays were co-curated with people from across the Middle East living in Oxford and their voices and opinions made visible in quotes throughout the exhibition. The Museum employed paid 'Community Ambassadors' to reach out to Arab and Kurdish speakers. It is the Ashmolean's first completely dual language exhibition. The exhibition was advertised via the Ashmolean's website, a number of blog articles, and a through a short film. 
URL https://www.ashmolean.org/event/owning-the-past
 
Description As the project reaches the final stages of its current funding, the overarching findings are that:
* in order to put heritage and history to work in local contexts, it is not enough to "engage communities". Serious, sustained, equitable partnerships are need with regulatory bodies, funders, expert researchers and practitioners, so that local complexities and priorities can be fully understood and acted on.
* Similarly, in-depth research is needed into the barriers to success, and past reasons for failure. Those challenges go far beyond simplistic explanations of terrorism and reach into the heart of local political and economic forces, as well as neo-colonialist attitudes to heritage by international funders and institutions
* within Iraq, researchers choose to prioritise local heritage over nationally or internationally important icons. There is huge devastation to be contended with, due to decades of violence, political corruption and neglect. Equally local voices have important things to say, that have been ignored both nationally and internationally. Hyper-local projects can do a great deal to build a sense of community, pride and shared understanding, and are likely to be more sustainable than those on a larger scale.
* online connectivity since the start of the pandemic has given valuable increased visibility and connectivity to isolated research communities. However, nothing beats on-the-ground collaborations for building trust relationships
Exploitation Route Funders and designers of international heritage research should shift their focus to people: not just "communities" (a belittling term) but the intellectual and social infrastructures of heritage. Experts on the ground need to set the research agenda and decide what heritage counts in their particular context; we at the privileged end of the partnership should deploy that privilege to obtain the best outcomes for our partners, as defined by them. This entails a complex, long-term process of listening, responding, and adjusting expectations on both sides.
Sectors Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL http://www.ucl.ac.uk/nahrein
 
Description It is still too early to report on impacts beyond the items already reported in individual entries. Rigorous scrutiny by our Management Committee ensures that all the work we do, and all the people and projects we fund, have direct economic and/or social benefit to Iraq and/or its neighbours, and is thus ODA compliant.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Creative Economy,Education,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description European Union on the Protection and Enhancement of Cultural Heritage
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Dr Mehiyar Kathem of the Nahrein Network was lead researcher for the EU assignment on a new initiative to develop the basis for a strategy for the EU on conflict and cultural heritage. Mehiyar with three other colleagues worked on the conceptual framing of the report as well as the case-study, which focused on Iraq. Over 40 interviews were conducted with EU officials, the EU delegation in Iraq and researchers and other key stakeholders. The project was a key milestone as the EU is working to devise a new framework that combines both conflict analysis as well as cultural heritage. The report culminated in a two-day conference on 12 and 13 November 2020. The report, for the EU External Action Service (EEAS), is now considered to constitute an important point of reference for the delivery of a new framework, which is being discussed and will most likely evolve into an operational policy for the EU and Member States in 2021/2022.
URL https://www.cultureinexternalrelations.eu/cier-data/uploads/2020/10/Report-Cultural-Heritage-1Oct202...
 
Description Informing ALIPH - an internaitonal heritage fund - about good practices in heritage related development work in Iraq
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Kurdish Cultural Heritage Network
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Nimrud Stabilisation Project
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Robson served on the advisory board of the Smithsonian Institute-funded project to train Iraqi archaeologists to document the damage caused by ISIS to the northern Iraqi archaeological site of Nimrud. This project enabled the trainees to preserve from further damage a major cultural asset of northern Iraq, which also has potential to bring a great deal of economic benefit to the area in future.
 
Description Society in the Wind project PI invited to serve on the Central Committee for renovation of Mosul
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Thesiger's Tarada project
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Mr Rashad Salim, PI of the Thesiger's Tarada project, reports a concrete change within Nature Iraq and other stakeholders in southern Iraq marshland tourism from perceiving traditional boats as old-fashioned and irrelevant towards recognising them as an important asset for the tourism and heritage sector. This shift has potential to create sustainable livelihoods for boatbuilders beyond the life of the projects. New orders have already come in. The projected growth in the use of traditional boats will also have a direct environmental benefit by reducing the pollution, erosion and noise impact resulting from the use of motorboats for Marsh tourism. On a broader level, the project plays a role in cultural and environmental advocacy, using an iconic traditional watercraft to bring attention to the challenges of the rural economy and environment, and to the opportunities that Iraq's distinctive heritage can contribute towards in sectors such as tourism, sports and leisure, arts and design. At another level altogether, the appointment of project Co-I Dr Abdulameer Al-Hamdani as Minister of Culture, has - while slowing down the delivery of the project's written outputs - enabled the Ministry to start considering sustainable approaches to archaeology and other aspects of its work.
 
Description An Ark for Iraq - further funding awarded to devolved project Safina Projects/Thesiger's Tarada from the Cultural Protection Fund
Amount £99,246 (GBP)
Organisation British Council 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
 
Description British Council in Iraq ad hoc funding (Letters from Baghdad)
Amount £3,600 (GBP)
Organisation British Council 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 04/2018
 
Description The British Academy Writing Workshops 2020
Amount £19,410 (GBP)
Organisation The British Academy 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2019 
End 12/2019
 
Description The Nahrein Network: the Next Ten Years
Amount £10,000,000 (GBP)
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2021 
End 09/2031
 
Description UCL Public Policy Expert Engagement Award: Heritage and State-Building in Post-conflict Iraq
Amount £3,900 (GBP)
Organisation University College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2019 
End 07/2020
 
Description A Cultural Heritage Network for the Kurdistan Region: Challenges and Opportunities 
Organisation Sulaimani Polytechnic University
Country Iraq 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Nahrein Project awarded a large grant to the project team members affiliated with the institutions above and continue to support it through the project liaison, Dr Paul Collins.
Collaborator Contribution Team: Dr. Saad Bashir Eskander, Dr. Rozhen Kamal Mohammed - Amin, Dr. Alan Faraydoon Ali (Sulaimani Polytechnic University); Prof. Roger Matthews (University of Reading, UK); Dr. Ruth Young (University of Leicester) Duration: Funded for 12 months from 1st of September 2018 The project team will establish a local cultural heritage network and centre based at Sulaimani Polytechnic University, bringing together cultural heritage stakeholders and experts from academia, the NGO sector, and policy-making, as well as the local communities. Structured and semi-structured focus groups and workshops will identify and analyse cultural heritage challenges and opportunities. A series of seminars and lectures by local and international experts will explore best cultural heritage practices, while increasing connection and interaction among the network members.
Impact Outcomes will be reported in depth after the conclusion of the project.
Start Year 2018
 
Description A Cultural Heritage Network for the Kurdistan Region: Challenges and Opportunities 
Organisation University of Leicester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Nahrein Project awarded a large grant to the project team members affiliated with the institutions above and continue to support it through the project liaison, Dr Paul Collins.
Collaborator Contribution Team: Dr. Saad Bashir Eskander, Dr. Rozhen Kamal Mohammed - Amin, Dr. Alan Faraydoon Ali (Sulaimani Polytechnic University); Prof. Roger Matthews (University of Reading, UK); Dr. Ruth Young (University of Leicester) Duration: Funded for 12 months from 1st of September 2018 The project team will establish a local cultural heritage network and centre based at Sulaimani Polytechnic University, bringing together cultural heritage stakeholders and experts from academia, the NGO sector, and policy-making, as well as the local communities. Structured and semi-structured focus groups and workshops will identify and analyse cultural heritage challenges and opportunities. A series of seminars and lectures by local and international experts will explore best cultural heritage practices, while increasing connection and interaction among the network members.
Impact Outcomes will be reported in depth after the conclusion of the project.
Start Year 2018
 
Description A Cultural Heritage Network for the Kurdistan Region: Challenges and Opportunities 
Organisation University of Reading
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Nahrein Project awarded a large grant to the project team members affiliated with the institutions above and continue to support it through the project liaison, Dr Paul Collins.
Collaborator Contribution Team: Dr. Saad Bashir Eskander, Dr. Rozhen Kamal Mohammed - Amin, Dr. Alan Faraydoon Ali (Sulaimani Polytechnic University); Prof. Roger Matthews (University of Reading, UK); Dr. Ruth Young (University of Leicester) Duration: Funded for 12 months from 1st of September 2018 The project team will establish a local cultural heritage network and centre based at Sulaimani Polytechnic University, bringing together cultural heritage stakeholders and experts from academia, the NGO sector, and policy-making, as well as the local communities. Structured and semi-structured focus groups and workshops will identify and analyse cultural heritage challenges and opportunities. A series of seminars and lectures by local and international experts will explore best cultural heritage practices, while increasing connection and interaction among the network members.
Impact Outcomes will be reported in depth after the conclusion of the project.
Start Year 2018
 
Description A Scoping Study of the Post-Conflict Textile Crafts of Iraq - The case of Samawa and Erbil 
Organisation Kurdish Textile Museum
Country Iraq 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Nahrein Project awarded a smal grant to the project team members affiliated with the institutions above and continue to support it through the project liaison, Dr Paul Collins.
Collaborator Contribution Team: Dr Neelam Raina, Dr Janroj Yilmaz Keles (Middlesex University) Duration: Funded for 6 months starting with 30th of June 2018 This research questions the impact of the longstanding conflict in Iraq on the crafts of the State from the perspective of the Iraqi and Kurdish crafts people. It looks at the socio-economic changes in Iraq's craft tradition, with a special focus on the crafts women of the region. This research explores the potential that crafts have as a means of sustainable income generation that in turn could contribute towards reconstruction and development of this post conflict region. The research hopes to build on the resulting outputs in a meaningful way by providing relevant training and capacity building interventions to promote the craft practices of the region.
Impact Outcomes will be reported in depth after the conclusion of the project.
Start Year 2018
 
Description A Scoping Study of the Post-Conflict Textile Crafts of Iraq - The case of Samawa and Erbil 
Organisation Middlesex University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Nahrein Project awarded a smal grant to the project team members affiliated with the institutions above and continue to support it through the project liaison, Dr Paul Collins.
Collaborator Contribution Team: Dr Neelam Raina, Dr Janroj Yilmaz Keles (Middlesex University) Duration: Funded for 6 months starting with 30th of June 2018 This research questions the impact of the longstanding conflict in Iraq on the crafts of the State from the perspective of the Iraqi and Kurdish crafts people. It looks at the socio-economic changes in Iraq's craft tradition, with a special focus on the crafts women of the region. This research explores the potential that crafts have as a means of sustainable income generation that in turn could contribute towards reconstruction and development of this post conflict region. The research hopes to build on the resulting outputs in a meaningful way by providing relevant training and capacity building interventions to promote the craft practices of the region.
Impact Outcomes will be reported in depth after the conclusion of the project.
Start Year 2018
 
Description A Society in the Wind - Call to Rehabilitate a War Torn Community - Mosul 
Organisation Ninevah University
Country Iraq 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Nahrein Project awarded a small grant to the project team members affiliated with the institutions above and continue to support it through the project liaison, Professor Eleanor Robson.
Collaborator Contribution Team: Dr Husham Swadi Hashim, Dr Ahmed Sabaawi (Ninevah University); Prof Harith Hazim Ayoub, Dr Abdulrazzaq Kh. Mahommed (Mosul University) Duration: Funded for 14 months starting with 1st of January 2019 The project aims to identify the patterns of relations between Mosul community constituents in different historical periods, look at the impact of the architecture of old Mosul and how this was reflected on the community cohesion. This approach will help with citizens' rehabilitation by conveying the spirit of hope as well as reassert the purpose of the legal concepts, general ideas of equality and the rule of the judiciary inside the community.
Impact Project terminated - unable to start due to political challenges and pandemic.
Start Year 2019
 
Description A Society in the Wind - Call to Rehabilitate a War Torn Community - Mosul 
Organisation University of Mosul
Country Iraq 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Nahrein Project awarded a small grant to the project team members affiliated with the institutions above and continue to support it through the project liaison, Professor Eleanor Robson.
Collaborator Contribution Team: Dr Husham Swadi Hashim, Dr Ahmed Sabaawi (Ninevah University); Prof Harith Hazim Ayoub, Dr Abdulrazzaq Kh. Mahommed (Mosul University) Duration: Funded for 14 months starting with 1st of January 2019 The project aims to identify the patterns of relations between Mosul community constituents in different historical periods, look at the impact of the architecture of old Mosul and how this was reflected on the community cohesion. This approach will help with citizens' rehabilitation by conveying the spirit of hope as well as reassert the purpose of the legal concepts, general ideas of equality and the rule of the judiciary inside the community.
Impact Project terminated - unable to start due to political challenges and pandemic.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Babylon - Modern Heritage or Ancient Ruin? 
Organisation Museum of London Archaeology
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Nahrein Project awarded a large grant to the project team members affiliated with the institutions above and continue to support it through the project liaison, Professor Eleanor Robson.
Collaborator Contribution Team: Ruth Young, Harjinder Sambhi (University of Leicester); Haider Almamori, Ibrahim Algadi, Kadhum Salman (University of Babylon), Mudhar Salim (Iraqi Oragnization for the Conservation of Nature and Culture); Emma Dwyer (Museum of London Archaeology) Duration: Funded for 18 months from 1st of March 2018 The aims of the research project are to better understand the current heritage position of Babylon and threats to its physical state; raise the profile of local expertise through provision of teaching and teaching materials for the analysis and interpretation of archaeology and heritage; help heritage organisations better serve local needs; increase the skills and capacity of archaeologists and students in Hillah province; help build more stable post-conflict communities.
Impact Outcomes will be reported in depth after the conclusion of the project.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Babylon - Modern Heritage or Ancient Ruin? 
Organisation University of Babylon
Country Iraq 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Nahrein Project awarded a large grant to the project team members affiliated with the institutions above and continue to support it through the project liaison, Professor Eleanor Robson.
Collaborator Contribution Team: Ruth Young, Harjinder Sambhi (University of Leicester); Haider Almamori, Ibrahim Algadi, Kadhum Salman (University of Babylon), Mudhar Salim (Iraqi Oragnization for the Conservation of Nature and Culture); Emma Dwyer (Museum of London Archaeology) Duration: Funded for 18 months from 1st of March 2018 The aims of the research project are to better understand the current heritage position of Babylon and threats to its physical state; raise the profile of local expertise through provision of teaching and teaching materials for the analysis and interpretation of archaeology and heritage; help heritage organisations better serve local needs; increase the skills and capacity of archaeologists and students in Hillah province; help build more stable post-conflict communities.
Impact Outcomes will be reported in depth after the conclusion of the project.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Babylon - Modern Heritage or Ancient Ruin? 
Organisation University of Leicester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Nahrein Project awarded a large grant to the project team members affiliated with the institutions above and continue to support it through the project liaison, Professor Eleanor Robson.
Collaborator Contribution Team: Ruth Young, Harjinder Sambhi (University of Leicester); Haider Almamori, Ibrahim Algadi, Kadhum Salman (University of Babylon), Mudhar Salim (Iraqi Oragnization for the Conservation of Nature and Culture); Emma Dwyer (Museum of London Archaeology) Duration: Funded for 18 months from 1st of March 2018 The aims of the research project are to better understand the current heritage position of Babylon and threats to its physical state; raise the profile of local expertise through provision of teaching and teaching materials for the analysis and interpretation of archaeology and heritage; help heritage organisations better serve local needs; increase the skills and capacity of archaeologists and students in Hillah province; help build more stable post-conflict communities.
Impact Outcomes will be reported in depth after the conclusion of the project.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Creating an Intangible Cultural Heritage teaching module for Iraq's national undergraduate university curriculum 
Organisation University of Al-Qadisiyah
Country Iraq 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Nahrein Project awarded a small grant to the project team members affiliated with the institutions named and continue to support it through the project liaison, Dr Mehiyar Kathem.
Collaborator Contribution Team: Dr Salah Hatem (University of Al-Qadisiyah); Dr Hussain Al-Najim (Mosul University); Dr Mahdi Hussain (University of Samara); Dr Alaa Jasim (University of Kufa); Dr Faris Al-Khalidi (University of ThiQar), Ms Clara Arokiasamy (ICOMOS-UK) Duration: Funded for 8 months from 1 October 2019 This project is a collaborative effort to create a module on Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH). In the past, curriculum reforms have been ineffective, mostly due to a top-down, externally designed approach. The team, led by Al-Qadisiyah University, aims to strengthen and further develop the existing syllabus of a teaching module entitled Local Heritage, which the Ministry of Higher Education spearheaded in five Iraqi universities in 2017. The new module will frame the topic within the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Operating Guidelines. In practice, it emphasizes collaboration between practising communities, heritage, arts practitioners and universities. It will be the first such initiative since 2003. The project has two parts. In part one, a symposium will identify and explore key issues and concerns associated with defining and safeguarding local ICH. Local practicing communities, NGOs, government departments, museums, archives, libraries, artists, and participating universities will be invited to send representatives. This stage will also gather the data needed to direct the development of a new ICH module. It will conclude by issuing a report on the process and findings, produced in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education. In part two will the team will develop the new module and pilot it for one academic year at the five participating universities.
Impact Outcomes will be reported in-depth after the conclusion of the project
Start Year 2019
 
Description Developing the Iraqi Marshland Tourist Experience 
Organisation Thi Qar University
Country Iraq 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The team a Thi Qar University were awarded a Small Research Grant
Collaborator Contribution Team: Raheem Hameed Abed Al-Abdan, Zeyad Wahab Ahmed (University of Thi-Qar), Taher Kewin Eneid Al Ali (Thi-Qar Directorate of Archaeology and Heritage), Eoghan Darbyshire (The Conflict and Environment Observatory) Duration: funded for 12 months from 15 December 2019 The Iraqi Marshlands of the Mesopotamian Plain consider one of the largest wetland ecosystems and unique historical and ecological environment. In the last three decades, the Marshlands witnessed actions of draining and reviving of water and military processes which resulted of changes in its environmental and economic aspects. The main objective of this project is promoting the tourism reality of Marshlands as part of the ancient Civilization of Marshlands of Iraq. The key importance to perform that is by assessing the environmental background and cultural values based on investigating past and present environmental studies to close research gaps and mapping its current status, therefore it can assist to build up and establishing a tourism model in the region. Furthermore, improving tourist content is another major aim. This could be achieved by educating students at universities and preparing trained and fully qualified tour guides whose must obtain knowledge in history of Marshlands from the perspective of their cultural heritage which is relevant to the nature, viability and traditions of the society of southern Iraq. Consequently, this decreases the limited awareness of the environmental, economic and cultural value of the marshlands which could enhance towards a better tourism future. It also can assist to provide job opportunities for graduate students through providing job opportunities in tourism sector. This proposal introduces, for instance tourism maps of marshlands and its archaeological sites using Geographical Information system (GIS) programs and Remote Sensing Platforms which will be a brand new attempt in the region in this category of knowledge. As well, citizen science that can open up science to the public in conflict zones. Not only, but the project also aims to raise the awareness of local governments and decision-makers about the importance of tourism in marshlands region to attract tourists on a global scale.
Impact outcomes and outputs will be reported in due time
Start Year 2019
 
Description Dictionary of the colloquial and Marsh Arab dialects in Southern Iraq 
Organisation Thi Qar University
Country Iraq 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Nahrein Network awarded a 10000 GBP research grant to the Thi Qar team
Collaborator Contribution Team: Hussein Mohammed Ridha, Basim Olaiel Khalaf, Faris Ajeel Jassem, Ali Raheem Abu Alhail Al Jaberi (University of Thi-Qar) Duration: funded for 6 months from 1 January 2021 The Marsh Arabs are a minority group of the Marshlands of southern Iraq, with Sumerian and Bedouin origins. They have their own specific culture and architecture, way of life and dialect, all rooted in and shaped by their environment: the marshes. Their way of life and their tangible heritage, such as the reed architecture and their boats, have been well documented. However, their dialect was not. It now could be lost forever, as only a small number of elders still speak it, and they are now at risk due to Covid-19. The Marsh Arabs have suffered considerably over many generations, and their dialect is generally looked down upon by other Arabic speakers. They also suffered destruction and attacks during Saddam Hussein's time in power. Despite some investments in restoring it, the region has continued to suffer. Past and current threats include the 2003 US/Coalition occupation and conflict, oil industry interests and, increasingly, the climate crisis. Dams in Turkey reduce water flow and endanger the Marshes' existence, which in turn, endangers the Marsh Arabs' way of life. The project aims to record the Marsh Arab dialect and work towards producing a dictionary in Arabic. The dictionary will be published in print and online and later translated into English. The team hopes their work will help preserve and allow a better understanding of the Marsh Arab dialect.
Impact outputs and outcomes will be reported in due time
Start Year 2020
 
Description Digital Humanities approaches to Middle Eastern antiquity 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Department College of Arts
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution A key goal of the Nahrein Network is to reduce Middle Eastern academics' international isolation, identified by Network partner UNESCO Iraq as an urgent matter of cross-cutting concern. Another is to research locally appropriate ways to train the next generation of academics in ancient Middle Eastern history, cultural heritage, and related fields. A third is to help local audiences make meaning of local heritage, in local languages and local contexts. In the Middle East, access to traditional print media is often prohibitively expensive or practically challenging in other ways, but almost everyone uses smartphones and other handheld devices, every day. This collaboration is therefore developing the means to create Open-access, reusable online outputs as a natural solution to increasing the accessibility of academic research, pedagogical materials, and resources for interested publics. It is led by PI Professor Eleanor Robson, who is working with UCL's Research Software Development Group (RSDG) and Kings Digital Lab (KDL) to lay the technical groundwork for left-right script input and display for Oracc.org (see below) and its bespoke editing software Nammu (enabling Arabic, Farsi and Kurdish), and for data analysis of cuneiform spelling habits. This will enable the generation much more specific vocabularies, grammars, and sign lists specific to particular times, places, and genres. Students and researchers can more straightforwardly focus on particular periods or aspects of antiquity rather than feeling they have to master the whole 3000 years over which cuneiform is attested. We are scheduled to finish this phase of development by July 2019.
Collaborator Contribution Penn Museum has hosted Oracc.org, the Richly Annotated Cuneiform Corpus, since its inception in 2010. Oracc is a field-leading international cooperative which provides facilities and support for the creation of free online editions of cuneiform texts and educational 'portal' websites about ancient cuneiform culture. It comprises a workspace and toolkit for the development of a complete corpus of cuneiform sources whose rich annotation and open licensing support the next generation of scholarly research. Its goal is to provide standards-based, well-documented resources that are as simple, flexible and adaptable to user needs as possible, and supported by free server space, backup, and personal contact with Oracc liaison staff. In development since 2010, Oracc now comprises over 85,000 text editions amounting to nearly 15 million words, plus around 3000 educational content pages totalling over 2 million words. Professor Steve Tinney, founder of Oracc and now Penn Museum's deputy director, contributes regular advice and consultation to the development of bidirectional script capability for Oracc and Nammu. Penn Museum also hosts Oracc's public server and build server. From later in 2019 Professor Laith Hussein of the University of Baghdad and Eleanor Robson will together produce online-to-print Arabic-English editions of two cuneiform corpora (his from Tell edh-Dhiba'i in Baghdad, hers from Tell Khaiber in southern Iraq), beta-testing the Oracc software with RSDG and KDL. We will use these academic outputs to develop and trial online Open Access resources for teaching ancient Babylonian history, script and languages to Iraqi university students; and to engage local publics with the ancient historical sites of the Baghdad region. We will also collaborate on a series of Digital Humanities workshops at the University of Baghdad.
Impact ongoing
Start Year 2017
 
Description Digital Humanities approaches to Middle Eastern antiquity 
Organisation University of Pennsylvania
Department The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution A key goal of the Nahrein Network is to reduce Middle Eastern academics' international isolation, identified by Network partner UNESCO Iraq as an urgent matter of cross-cutting concern. Another is to research locally appropriate ways to train the next generation of academics in ancient Middle Eastern history, cultural heritage, and related fields. A third is to help local audiences make meaning of local heritage, in local languages and local contexts. In the Middle East, access to traditional print media is often prohibitively expensive or practically challenging in other ways, but almost everyone uses smartphones and other handheld devices, every day. This collaboration is therefore developing the means to create Open-access, reusable online outputs as a natural solution to increasing the accessibility of academic research, pedagogical materials, and resources for interested publics. It is led by PI Professor Eleanor Robson, who is working with UCL's Research Software Development Group (RSDG) and Kings Digital Lab (KDL) to lay the technical groundwork for left-right script input and display for Oracc.org (see below) and its bespoke editing software Nammu (enabling Arabic, Farsi and Kurdish), and for data analysis of cuneiform spelling habits. This will enable the generation much more specific vocabularies, grammars, and sign lists specific to particular times, places, and genres. Students and researchers can more straightforwardly focus on particular periods or aspects of antiquity rather than feeling they have to master the whole 3000 years over which cuneiform is attested. We are scheduled to finish this phase of development by July 2019.
Collaborator Contribution Penn Museum has hosted Oracc.org, the Richly Annotated Cuneiform Corpus, since its inception in 2010. Oracc is a field-leading international cooperative which provides facilities and support for the creation of free online editions of cuneiform texts and educational 'portal' websites about ancient cuneiform culture. It comprises a workspace and toolkit for the development of a complete corpus of cuneiform sources whose rich annotation and open licensing support the next generation of scholarly research. Its goal is to provide standards-based, well-documented resources that are as simple, flexible and adaptable to user needs as possible, and supported by free server space, backup, and personal contact with Oracc liaison staff. In development since 2010, Oracc now comprises over 85,000 text editions amounting to nearly 15 million words, plus around 3000 educational content pages totalling over 2 million words. Professor Steve Tinney, founder of Oracc and now Penn Museum's deputy director, contributes regular advice and consultation to the development of bidirectional script capability for Oracc and Nammu. Penn Museum also hosts Oracc's public server and build server. From later in 2019 Professor Laith Hussein of the University of Baghdad and Eleanor Robson will together produce online-to-print Arabic-English editions of two cuneiform corpora (his from Tell edh-Dhiba'i in Baghdad, hers from Tell Khaiber in southern Iraq), beta-testing the Oracc software with RSDG and KDL. We will use these academic outputs to develop and trial online Open Access resources for teaching ancient Babylonian history, script and languages to Iraqi university students; and to engage local publics with the ancient historical sites of the Baghdad region. We will also collaborate on a series of Digital Humanities workshops at the University of Baghdad.
Impact ongoing
Start Year 2017
 
Description Digital documentation of heritages sites that affected by armed conflicts in Anbar Province, Western Iraq 
Organisation University of Anbar
Country Iraq 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Nahrein Network awarded 10000 GBP to the Anbar team and supports them in implementing
Collaborator Contribution Team: Dr. Khalil Khalaf Hussein, Dr. Mustafa Mohsen Mohammed Aljubory, Dr. Ammar Subhy Khalaf, Dr. Faris Nejers Hassan (University of Tikrit) Duration: funded for 6 months from 1 January 2021 This project intends to create a sustainable plan for the documentation and promotion of the cultural heritage of Tikrit province in northern Iraq. The region's rich and diverse cultural history has been neglected and degraded over the past few decades. The project will work with Iraqi Christian and Shi'i groups, including the Shia Endowment, and local and provincial authorities, to document and help preserve the many heritage sites present.
Impact outputs will be reported in due course
Start Year 2020
 
Description Digital documentation of heritages sites that affected by armed conflicts in Tikrit Province, Northern Iraq 
Organisation University of Tikrit
Country Iraq 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Nahrein Network awarded a 10000GBP grant to the Tikrit team
Collaborator Contribution Team: Dr. Khalil Khalaf Hussein, Dr. Mustafa Mohsen Mohammed Aljubory, Dr. Ammar Subhy Khalaf, Dr. Faris Nejers Hassan (University of Tikrit) Duration: funded for 6 months from 1 January 2021 This project intends to create a sustainable plan for the documentation and promotion of the cultural heritage of Tikrit province in northern Iraq. The region's rich and diverse cultural history has been neglected and degraded over the past few decades. The project will work with Iraqi Christian and Shi'i groups, including the Shia Endowment, and local and provincial authorities, to document and help preserve the many heritage sites present. The project will have four phases: Using materials from phase 2 and 3 to raise awareness in the community by organising workshops, meetings and curating exhibitions galleries. The outreach effort hopes to reach tribes, farmers and other groups to educate them about the importance of the cultural heritage. Use information from phase 2 to put together a proposal for a local museum; Collating the information from phase 1 in an easily accessible and comprehensive format for future use; Identifying and mapping heritage sites in Tikrit province.
Impact outputs and outcomes will be reported in due time
Start Year 2020
 
Description Heritage Buildings of Kufa 
Organisation University of Kufa
Country Iraq 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Nahrein Project awarded a small grant to the project team members affiliated with the institutions above and continue to support it through the project liaison, Professor Eleanor Robson.
Collaborator Contribution Team: Dr Ali Naji Attiyah; Dr Muhsin Al Dhalimi; Dr Hayder Al Hamdany (University of Kufa) Duration: funded for 14 months from 1 October 2019 The city of Kufa lies in the east of the Najaf governorate in southern Iraq. The project "Heritage Buildings of Kufa" aims to enhance awareness of heritage buildings in the city, and to promote sustainable protection among the community and local authorities. Implementation will involve documenting buildings, recording structural and architectural elements, setting up an inventory database, as well as promoting knowledge among students, local politicians, and the local community.
Impact Outcomes will be reported in-depth after the conclusion of the project.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Heritage and State-Building in Post-conflict Iraq 
Organisation Chatham House
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Chatham House's Middle East and North Africa Section's Iraq Initiative is developing policy proposals on reconstruction, federalism, and the public sector within Iraq's state-building programme. This context offers a globally unique opportunity to bring heritage into the state-building conversation. Our immediate goals are to: • Co-convene 3 roundtables over two years in London, bringing together policymakers, corporate leaders, analysts, academics, and civil society activists. • Co-author one Chatham House research paper addressing some of the key findings on heritage and reconstruction, to be published in English and Arabic. Our overarching aims are to: • Enable think tanks such as Chatham House to include heritage and social cohesion in their work on state-building • Translate UCL-led research on the role of heritage in state-building into policy debate in the UK, Iraq and, eventually beyond • Provide policy recommendations for policy-makers in the UK (such as the FCO), Iraq (such as the Prime Minister's Office, which has primary responsibility for post-conflict reconstruction), and international agencies (such as UNESCO) • Establish and maintain a network of policy-makers, corporate individuals, analysts, academics, and civil society activists, who all work in varying capacities and extents on the challenges to re-building the Iraqi state • Provide models for other post-conflict societies, elsewhere in the Middle East and beyond, to integrate heritage into state-building
Collaborator Contribution Where we bring heritage expertise, Chatham House provides the route to integrating this work into sustainable state-building by helping us communicate more effectively with the large constituency of key politicians, dipomats and decision-makers. They also organise and publicise the events, co-ordinate the report-writing.
Impact * Well attended panel discussion at Iraq in Transition conference, October 2019 at Chatham House.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Historical Memory, Heritage, and Cultural Identification amongst Displaced Communities in Cilicia and the Northern Levant 
Organisation Sirince Archaeological Association
Country Turkey 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Nahrein Network awarded the Association a Small Research Grant.
Collaborator Contribution Team: Tevfik Emre Serifoglu (Sirince Archaeological Association and Koç University); Güldem Baykal Büyüksaraç (Istanbul University), Ilmon Hançer (Association for the Protection of Cultural Heritage), Anna Collar (University of Southampton), Oya Topdemir Koçyigit (Istanbul University), Ulas Bayraktar, Bediz Yilmaz Bayraktar (Maya Association of Education, Culture, Research, Charity, and Solidarity) Duration: funded for 18 months from 01 January 2020 Forced displacement is one of the most pressing issues in the Middle East, a region long marked by political unrest, war and violence. Many communities across the region have been forced to leave their homelands throughout the recent and more distant past. Forced migration is an extremely painful process, which alienates people from their cultural landscape and disrupts their sense of place, belonging and identity. Displaced people must find ways of maintaining cultural ties to their places of origin, as well as relating to cultural elements in their new homes to begin to identify with a new heritage. This project will engage with these processes for contemporary migrants and the descendants of past migrants, focusing on Cilicia (modern day Adana and Mersin provinces) in southern Turkey. Cilicia has always been home to a diversity of Muslim and non-Muslim communities, and has experienced ebbs and flows in these communities. We will work with two groups of forced migrants, to engage with their identification with cultural heritage sites in Cilicia: the Armenian and other Christian communities in Lebanon, as descendants of Christians forced to leave Cilicia in the early 20th century; and Syrian migrants of varying ethnic and religious backgrounds, including Christians, who have recently made Cilicia their new home. The project will examine how these two groups perceive the cultural heritage of Cilicia, particularly the Christian and Muslim heritage landmarks of the region to which they can directly relate. The local Christians of Cilicia will also be included to study their perceptions of cultural heritage. We aim to bring together the previous and current inhabitants for a series of community-involved heritage preservation and management activities (workshops, trainings in methods of documentation and dissemination of knowledge), and work on ways of utilising cultural tourism for economic vitality and cultural integration.
Impact Outputs and outcomes will be reported in due time
Start Year 2020
 
Description Integrating Comprehensive, Cross-community History with Reconciliation and Heritage Protection 
Organisation University of Al-Qadisiyah
Country Iraq 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Nahrein Project awarded a small grant to the project team members affiliated with the institutions above and continue to support it through the project liaison, Dr Mehiyar Kathem.
Collaborator Contribution Team: Dr Ahmed M. Tanash Mohaebs, Dr Jaafar Jotheri (Qadissiya University); Sam Andrews (Arab Human Rights Academy) Duration: Funded for 6 months starting with 1st of September 2018 This project will investigate and write a comprehensive history of a politically contested shrine using documentary and oral sources from Iraqi Shia, local Iraqi and Iraqi Jewish communities. It will also recognise that the contested history of the shrine means that effective preservation requires community political mobilisation from stakeholder communities. The project then also looks to the creation of a joint forum for both steering the research, so that competing narratives are negotiated and reconciled with the historical record and by both sides, and for creating and implementing an action plan for mobilising to preserve the shrine in both its Jewish and Islamic role. The forum will prioritise sustainable development and create a model for future projects.
Impact Outcomes will be reported in depth after the conclusion of the project.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Iraqi Museums network 
Organisation British Institute for the Study of Iraq
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution Network Co-Investigator Dr Paul Collins is leading a collaborative research strand in this project to help Iraqi museums to develop a mutual support network and to develop their capacities to better serve the needs of local visitors and communities. He has co-organised two major workshops so far, one at Basrah Museum in January 2018 and one at the Imam Hussein Museum in November 2018.
Collaborator Contribution Friends of Basrah Museum is at the forefront of rethinking local museums in Iraq. In January 2018 they co-organised a multi-day training workshop for Iraqi museum staff, in Basrah, with the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, in which Collins participated. In November 2018 Collins and Imam Hussein Museum co-organised a workshop for Iraqi museum directors and staff, focused on visitor research, hosted at the Museum in Karbala.
Impact Collaboration is ongoing.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Iraqi Museums network 
Organisation Friends of Basrah Museum
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Network Co-Investigator Dr Paul Collins is leading a collaborative research strand in this project to help Iraqi museums to develop a mutual support network and to develop their capacities to better serve the needs of local visitors and communities. He has co-organised two major workshops so far, one at Basrah Museum in January 2018 and one at the Imam Hussein Museum in November 2018.
Collaborator Contribution Friends of Basrah Museum is at the forefront of rethinking local museums in Iraq. In January 2018 they co-organised a multi-day training workshop for Iraqi museum staff, in Basrah, with the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, in which Collins participated. In November 2018 Collins and Imam Hussein Museum co-organised a workshop for Iraqi museum directors and staff, focused on visitor research, hosted at the Museum in Karbala.
Impact Collaboration is ongoing.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Open Cultural Heritage Resources and Education (OCHRE): Open Educational Resources as a Platform to Raise Academic Skills and Public Awareness of Cultural Heritage in Iraq 
Organisation University of Bristol
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Nahrein Project awarded a small grant to the project team members affiliated with the institutions above and continue to support it through the project liaison, Professor Eleanor Robson
Collaborator Contribution Team: Dr Robin Shield (University of Bristol); Dr Ahmed Al-Imarah (University of Kufa), Dr Waad Ibraheem Khaeel Abad (University of Mosul) Duration: funded for 11 months starting 1 November 2019 The research will investigate the use of Open Educational Resources (OER), such as Massive Online Open Courses, podcasts, and so on, to improve awareness of Iraq's cultural heritage. The study will look at changes in staff attitudes towards online learning and competencies, including course design and content creation. The project will train eight Iraqi university experts in cultural heritage in the design of online courses and help them to design and deliver a new OER. Using questionnaires and focus groups, it will seek to identify topics, outreach strategies, and learning design approaches that promote engagement with and completion of the OER. Taken together, the study of academic staff and OER learners will provide an evidence base of how OER can be used to develop critical engagement with cultural heritage in Iraq. It will also provide a base of skilled professionals and initial content that can motivate future work on OER and open educational resources in Iraq.
Impact Outcomes will be reported in depth after the conclusion of the project.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Plural heritage and local perspectives of Baghdadi cultural heritage 
Organisation Al-Mustansiriya University
Country Iraq 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Nahrein Project awarded a small grant to the project team members affiliated with the institutions above and continue to support it through the project liaison, Professor Eleanor Robson.
Collaborator Contribution Team: Dr Zainab Alwaeli, Dr Ghaith Farham (Al Mustansiriya University); Father Rami Marisho (Convent of the Dominican in Baghdad); Rafah Al-Hitali (Yardina Charity Court Baghdad) Duration: funded for 10 months from 1 October 2019 This research plans to provide a strategy for protecting and preserving the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of minority groups. The project will bring together academics, architects and students, heritage professionals, policy-makers, religious and minority groups leaders, media and the civil society in an effort to raise awareness and advance a pluralist collective Iraqi identity. The team will research a group of at least five sites in Baghdad which reflect the city's historic and present post-conflict topography of heritage and will include the 12th century Abbasid Palace, the Meir Taweig Synagogue, a Mandean owned park, the historic Armenian orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary, as well as another church and a Sufi shrine. In practice, they will focus on: creating a detailed map of tangible and their intangible cultural heritage; developing method that can be used in future to identify and record other lost, threatened or abandoned heritages. The project will involve communities at the grassroots level and propose measures at the policy level. The team brings together academics and researchers from minority communities, as well as researchers who have experience in documenting and preserving cultural heritage in conflict and post-conflict scenarios.
Impact Outcomes will be reported in depth after the conclusion of the project.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Post-ISIS Identity (Re)construction in the War- torn Areas: Karma as a Case Study 
Organisation University of Kufa
Country Iraq 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Nahrein Network awarded a 1000 GBP research grant to the Kufa team
Collaborator Contribution Team: Dr. Dhiaa Kareem Ali (University of Kufa), Dr. Alaa Mohammed Al-Halbosy (Al-Iraqia University), Dr. Abdul Kareem (University of Diyala) Duration: funded for 6 months from 1 January 2021 The proposed research looks at changes in the social identity and intangible heritage of the people of Al-Karma, Anbar province, Iraq, in the wake of recent conflict. They experienced ISIS control, the subsequent liberation by Iraqi forces and resultant disruption. Over 98% of the population of Al-Karma city were displaced. A large proportion of them settled in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, which has a different culture and language. As a result, their traditions, socio-cultural identity and heritage were transformed. The project aims to collect data on this transformation and how the merged cultural practices were brought back to Al-Karma upon the return of the displaced. The team will seek to discern the reasons behind these changes and their impact on the social and cultural fabric of the people of Al-Karma.
Impact outputs and outcomes will be added in due time
Start Year 2020
 
Description Postgraduate Teaching Programme: A Scientific, Historical and Intercultural Dialogue 
Organisation University of Kurdistan Hewler
Country Iraq 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Nahrein Project awarded a small grant to the project team members affiliated with the institutions above and continue to support it through the project liaison, Dr Paul Collins.
Collaborator Contribution Team: Dr Olga Babenko, Dr Anwar Anaid (University of Kurdistan Hewler) Duration: Funded for 12 months starting with the 2nd of January 2019 The project Postgraduate Teaching Programme: A Scientific, Historical and Intercultural Dialogue is aimed at: -at the primary level-designing an internationally competitive, contextually adapted and culturally aware Postgraduate Teaching Programme (with Postgraduate Teaching Certificate as the final award), which will be offered by University of Kurdistan Hewlêr to the graduates with Master's degree in order to empower them with the best international teaching practices, adapt their teaching methodology to post-ISIS and post-conflict context, and promote historical, cultural and artistic heritage of the Kurdistan Region. This project will enhance local teaching expertise at a tertiary level in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, promote understanding and better collaboration between countries and cultures in the field of higher education, and induce internationalisation of local teaching staff as well as better adaptation of international teaching staff to the local environment and culture; -at the minor level-honouring and bringing up attention to the Kurdish history, art and culture; establishing the postgraduate teacher training ground for upbringing patriotic Kurdish elite in the sphere of higher education and beyond.
Impact Project unable to finish due to unforeseen circumstances at host institution.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Recall the Social Fabric of Al Farouk Street, Mosul City 
Organisation University of Mosul
Country Iraq 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Nahrein Project awarded a small grant to the project team members affiliated with the institutions above and continue to support it through the project liaison, Dr Mehiyar Kathem.
Collaborator Contribution Team: Dr Alaa Hamdoon; Mr Sabah H. Ali; Dr Abdalrahman R Qubaa (Mosul University); Al-Mosul Center for Culture and Sciences Duration: Funded for 18 months from 1 September 2019 Al Farouk Street is located in the heart of the historic old city of Mosul. It is home to three famous religious buildings: the Grand Mosque, also known as Al-Nuri Mosque; the Clock Tower or Latin Church; and the Jewish temple. There are also several other buildings belonging to religious communities. The recent conflict left the street badly damaged. The team will research the history of the street. It will encourage local communities to reconcile and put forward plans for restoration. It will provide access to workshops and training for the local community throughout the project's life. The project will create an open-access interactive online database and map of Al Farouk Street. It will also help increase community knowledge of cultural heritage and its importance as well as direct participation and interest in local history.
Impact Project terminated - unable to start due to political situation, pandemic, etc.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Revive the Spirit of Mosul 
Organisation United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
Country France 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Supporting and enabling UNESCO's "Revive the Spirit of Mosul" (RSM) initiative by: * offering Visiting Scholarships to Mosul academics in the area of sustainable development of cultural heritage, history and humanities; * offering funding for collaborative research projects in the area of sustainable development of cultural heritage, history and humanities; * advising UNESCO Iraq on the academic, historical and archeological aspects of the RSM initiative; * facilitating collaboration between UNESCO Iraq and the British diplomatic community around the RSM initiative. Advising on other aspects of UNESCO's work on higher education and on cultural heritage, on request. In addition, supporting capacity building at the College of Archaeology of Mosul, through funding and/or facilitating training events, research projects and visiting scholarships.
Collaborator Contribution The Director of UNESCO Iraq, Ms Louise Haxthausen, serves on the project's Management Committee, offering valuable operational and strategic advice. Through the Revive the Spirit of Mosul initiative the collaboration raise the project's international profile, extend its reach, and opens doors to potential future award recipients, donors, and collaborators.
Impact Three Visiting Scholarships funded: Professor Nasser Jassem, director of the Centre for the Study of Orientalism at the University of Mosul (history); Dr Alaa Hamdon of the Remote Sensing Unit, University of Mosul (heritage site management) and Dr Mohammed Jasim, director of Mosul University Libraries (information sciences). Two Research Projects funded: OCHRE (Bristol University, Kufa University and Mosul University); and Community Heritage of Mosul (Mosul University).
Start Year 2017
 
Description Revive the Spirit of Mosul 
Organisation University of Mosul
Country Iraq 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Supporting and enabling UNESCO's "Revive the Spirit of Mosul" (RSM) initiative by: * offering Visiting Scholarships to Mosul academics in the area of sustainable development of cultural heritage, history and humanities; * offering funding for collaborative research projects in the area of sustainable development of cultural heritage, history and humanities; * advising UNESCO Iraq on the academic, historical and archeological aspects of the RSM initiative; * facilitating collaboration between UNESCO Iraq and the British diplomatic community around the RSM initiative. Advising on other aspects of UNESCO's work on higher education and on cultural heritage, on request. In addition, supporting capacity building at the College of Archaeology of Mosul, through funding and/or facilitating training events, research projects and visiting scholarships.
Collaborator Contribution The Director of UNESCO Iraq, Ms Louise Haxthausen, serves on the project's Management Committee, offering valuable operational and strategic advice. Through the Revive the Spirit of Mosul initiative the collaboration raise the project's international profile, extend its reach, and opens doors to potential future award recipients, donors, and collaborators.
Impact Three Visiting Scholarships funded: Professor Nasser Jassem, director of the Centre for the Study of Orientalism at the University of Mosul (history); Dr Alaa Hamdon of the Remote Sensing Unit, University of Mosul (heritage site management) and Dr Mohammed Jasim, director of Mosul University Libraries (information sciences). Two Research Projects funded: OCHRE (Bristol University, Kufa University and Mosul University); and Community Heritage of Mosul (Mosul University).
Start Year 2017
 
Description Rural Heritage Recovery and Post-Conflict Development in Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG): The Case of Erbil's Rural Periphery 
Organisation American University of Beirut
Country Lebanon 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Nahrein Project awarded a small grant to the project team members affiliated with the institutions above and continue to support it through the project liaison, Dr Paul Collins.
Collaborator Contribution Team: Dr Howayda Al-Harithy (American University of Beirut); Dr Jala Makhzoumi (Ecological Landscape expert); Prof Camillo Boano (UCL); Salahaddin Yasin Baper (Salahaddin University) Duration: funded for 18 months from 1 September The project looks at rural-urban heritage in Erbil as a catalyst for socio-economic development in a post-conflict environment. Villages in Erbil's rural peripheries are repositories of ancient and vernacular practices which form the cultural identity of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). They include buildings, networks of seasonal and perennial watercourses, forested lands, rangeland, and rain-fed agriculture. However, the rich heritage of these villages is neglected and its inhabitants subject to mass displacement. The research team proposes that, by understanding how rural-urban heritage is conceptualized and practiced by locals and internally displaced people (IDPs), heritage recovery becomes an aid to socio-economic development. In practice, the project will focus on research, citizen science, and capacity building. The early pilots will take place in the villages of Gazna, Quretain, and Bartoroq. It will train citizen scientists from the periphery of Erbil to participate in the research and co-design a long-term, bottom-up, participatory, socially just, and inclusive framework for heritage recovery. Additionally, the team will design and conduct a capacity building workshop in Erbil.
Impact Outcomes will be reported in depth after the conclusion of the project.
Start Year 2019
 
Description The Shrine of Prophet Uzayr 
Organisation University of Misan
Country Iraq 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Misan Team was awarded a Nahrein Network Small Research Grant
Collaborator Contribution eam: Prof. Abdulrahim H. Atia, Asst.Prof. Ghufran Mohammed, Asst.Prof. Alaa Dhafer Amer (University of Misan); Asst.Prof. Saad Salman Fahad (University of Baghdad); Muntadher Majed Aloda (The State Board of Antiquities and Heritage) Duration: funded for 12months from 15 December 2019 Through this project, University of Misan is basically aims at planning, documentation and conservation of the shrine of the Prophet Uzair. It is one of the Iraqi Jewish heritage in Misan Province. It has an archaeological environment of cultural value which is, like other archaeological sites, subject to a great risk of loss due to several social, economic, religious and cultural changes of far-reaching effects that Iraq has been undergoing since the last five to six decades. The project will work with the Protective Machinery in the Conservation of the Heritage of the Shrine, notably Directorate of Antiquities, Directorate of Planning, Ministry of Awqaf, Research and Educational Centres and even Tourism Administration. As a sacred place which has a distinct position in Iraq for both Muslims and Jews, the shrine can be revived, reconstructed and developed to be a tourist source in Misan in addition to the marshes.
Impact outcomes and outputs will be reported in due time
Start Year 2019
 
Description The heritage of Diwaniyah and Samawah 
Organisation University of Al-Qadisiyah
Country Iraq 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Nahrein Network awarded a 75000GBP research grant to the Al-Qadisiyah team
Collaborator Contribution -Diwaniya and Al-Samawa are cities integral to people's cultural heritage in Southern Iraq; they are rich with many historical buildings and structures including shrines, churches, and synagogues. These buildings date back to hundreds of years and have been inhabited by many families over the centuries, from early Islamic times to the Ottoman Empire time and the early 20th century Iraq. However, these monumental sites are neglected and unstudied, and are at great threat of destruction. Moreover, the abundant stories of the people previously occupying these buildings are absent from the current cultural and popular discourse of the local people of Al-Diwaniya and Al-Samawa. Departing from this, our project aims to preserve the history of these buildings, as societal assets, by using a people-focused approach which aims at centering storytelling to bridge the gap between the people who reside in these communities with those of the past. To achieve this, the project will progress in two steps: Studying the most important buildings in both cities, documenting their significance to the wider public, recording the stories of the people who lived in them - and their connections and relationships to society - and discussing the particular history of these buildings. Presenting the collected data in story form: the stories will focus on people, and we will share said stories with the locals to create a historical continuity to preserve the old cities' statues as key symbols of people's heritage. The project is carried out by: Leader and PI: Asst. Prof. Jaafar Jotheri Researchers from the University of Al-Qadisiyah and the University of Al-Muthanna In addition, and to reiterate our people-focused approach, we will work closely with community-based organisations in both cities to ensure raising local awareness of the people's heritage in the old cities as we carry out the project.
Impact outcomes and output will be reported in due course
Start Year 2020
 
Description The impact of armed conflicts on the cultural heritage in Diyala Province, Northern Iraq 
Organisation University of Diyala
Country Iraq 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Nahrein Network awarded a 10000 GBP research award to the Diyala team
Collaborator Contribution Team: Dr. Abdulazez Khudhair Abbas (University of Diyala), Dr. Ali Ahmad Abdulatif, Mr. Ahmed Abduljabbar Khammas (SBAH Diyala) Duration: funded for 6 months from 1 January 2021 The project seeks to address the significant destruction of heritage and archaeological sites by ISIS and its military operations in Diyala province of Iraq, as well as the impact of Iraqi army camps built there. The team will investigate residents' opinions about these events and involve them in discussing the future of cultural heritage in the province. The first step will be to survey and document the current state of the sites. The results will facilitate the understanding of local heritage, its importance and how to protect it in the future. A second step will be to open a dialogue with the Ministry of Culture and other government institutions and inform them of the findings. A third component concerns the general public. The team plans to reach them through conferences, meetings and other events designed to raise awareness.
Impact outcomes and outputs will be reported in due time
Start Year 2020
 
Description Thesiger's Tarada: Using art to reconnect the archival, local, and archaeological strata of memory of Iraq's vernacular watercraft heritage 
Organisation Basrah Museum
Country Iraq 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Nahrein Project awarded a large grant to the project team members affiliated with the institutions above and continue to support it through the project liaison, Dr Mehiyar Kathem.
Collaborator Contribution Team: Rashad Salim, Hannah Lewis (Safina Projects CIC), Abdulamir Hamdani Al-Dafar (Nature Iraq) Duration:Funded for 6 months starting with 18th of June 2018 Led by renowned Iraqi artist Rashad Salim, this project examines the relationship between recent Iraqi marshland boats like the tarada canoe made for Wilfrid Thesiger in 1952 and ancient boats of comparable form, known from the archaeological record. Current and recent information about Iraq's marsh canoes-gathered through oral history work with today's marsh communities, as well as exploring Thesiger's archive-will be analysed together with available archaeological data on similar boats, aiming to shed new light on the development of a boat form and craft tradition that endured for millennia but is now endangered.
Impact Outcomes will be reported in depth after the conclusion of the project.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Thesiger's Tarada: Using art to reconnect the archival, local, and archaeological strata of memory of Iraq's vernacular watercraft heritage 
Organisation Nature Iraq
Country Iraq 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Nahrein Project awarded a large grant to the project team members affiliated with the institutions above and continue to support it through the project liaison, Dr Mehiyar Kathem.
Collaborator Contribution Team: Rashad Salim, Hannah Lewis (Safina Projects CIC), Abdulamir Hamdani Al-Dafar (Nature Iraq) Duration:Funded for 6 months starting with 18th of June 2018 Led by renowned Iraqi artist Rashad Salim, this project examines the relationship between recent Iraqi marshland boats like the tarada canoe made for Wilfrid Thesiger in 1952 and ancient boats of comparable form, known from the archaeological record. Current and recent information about Iraq's marsh canoes-gathered through oral history work with today's marsh communities, as well as exploring Thesiger's archive-will be analysed together with available archaeological data on similar boats, aiming to shed new light on the development of a boat form and craft tradition that endured for millennia but is now endangered.
Impact Outcomes will be reported in depth after the conclusion of the project.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Thesiger's Tarada: Using art to reconnect the archival, local, and archaeological strata of memory of Iraq's vernacular watercraft heritage 
Organisation Safina Projects CIC
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Nahrein Project awarded a large grant to the project team members affiliated with the institutions above and continue to support it through the project liaison, Dr Mehiyar Kathem.
Collaborator Contribution Team: Rashad Salim, Hannah Lewis (Safina Projects CIC), Abdulamir Hamdani Al-Dafar (Nature Iraq) Duration:Funded for 6 months starting with 18th of June 2018 Led by renowned Iraqi artist Rashad Salim, this project examines the relationship between recent Iraqi marshland boats like the tarada canoe made for Wilfrid Thesiger in 1952 and ancient boats of comparable form, known from the archaeological record. Current and recent information about Iraq's marsh canoes-gathered through oral history work with today's marsh communities, as well as exploring Thesiger's archive-will be analysed together with available archaeological data on similar boats, aiming to shed new light on the development of a boat form and craft tradition that endured for millennia but is now endangered.
Impact Outcomes will be reported in depth after the conclusion of the project.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Thesiger's Tarada: Using art to reconnect the archival, local, and archaeological strata of memory of Iraq's vernacular watercraft heritage 
Organisation University of Oxford
Department Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Nahrein Project awarded a large grant to the project team members affiliated with the institutions above and continue to support it through the project liaison, Dr Mehiyar Kathem.
Collaborator Contribution Team: Rashad Salim, Hannah Lewis (Safina Projects CIC), Abdulamir Hamdani Al-Dafar (Nature Iraq) Duration:Funded for 6 months starting with 18th of June 2018 Led by renowned Iraqi artist Rashad Salim, this project examines the relationship between recent Iraqi marshland boats like the tarada canoe made for Wilfrid Thesiger in 1952 and ancient boats of comparable form, known from the archaeological record. Current and recent information about Iraq's marsh canoes-gathered through oral history work with today's marsh communities, as well as exploring Thesiger's archive-will be analysed together with available archaeological data on similar boats, aiming to shed new light on the development of a boat form and craft tradition that endured for millennia but is now endangered.
Impact Outcomes will be reported in depth after the conclusion of the project.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Visiting scholarships 
Organisation British Institute at Ankara
Country Turkey 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The project co-ordinates and funds a Visiting Scholarships scheme for researchers from Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, and Turkey in the sustainable development of heritage, history and the humanities, in conjunction with these four Learned Societies. Network Co-ordinator Dr Mehiyar Kathem heads the scheme. Together with our London administrator he co-ordinates and services six-monthly application rounds, selection committees, and promotional media for the scheme, and of the scholars on placement. In 2018 the Visiting Scholarships scheme was only open to Iraqi applicants but from 2019 applicants from all four countries are eligible.
Collaborator Contribution The four learned societies promote the Visiting Scholars scheme amongst their own audiences, attend the six-monthly selection committees to give expert advice on appointable candidates for the project's Management Committee, and manage the successful scholars' placements, as appropriate. They also promote the project's other activities, events and funding opportunities, and provide region-specific advice on request. The UK museums, archives, libraries and universities, etc. have all acted, or have agreed to act in future as hosts for our Visiting Scholars.
Impact Expanding the scheme to Iran, Lebanon and Turkey enabled us to fund a further six Visiting Scholarships in the 12 months covered by this reporting period: three from Iraq, two from Turkey and one from Lebanon. Four Visiting Scholars were hosted at UK institutions during this time, working across the full range of our remit: Dr Alaa Hamdon (Mosul University) at the University of Oxford on remote sensing of war-damaged heritage sites and supporting local communities; Dr Maher al-Helli (Mustansiriyah University) at the University of Sheffield on developing university history teaching; Dr Olcay Muslu Gardner (Mustafa Kemal Hatay University) at SOAS on Turkish heritage music; and Mr Mohammed Jasim (Mosul University) at the British Library on post-conflict university library management. As we highlighted in our original funding application, Iraq's universities have suffered for many decades now from continuing academic isolation. Our Visiting Scholars scheme was designed to help individual researchers forge meaningful links with UK host institutions but in many cases, they are also proving to be gateways to larger-scale inter-university relationships. For instance: Dr Alaa Hamdon's VS at the University of Oxford in February-March 2019 led to two return visits to the UK that summer with the newly appointed President of Mosul University to explore possible collaborations with the universities of Bradford, Liverpool and Newcastle Dr Maher Al-Helli's VS at the University of Sheffield in April-May 2019 led to a senior delegation from Sheffield paying a visit to Mustansiriyah University to discuss studentships and other collaborations Career developments following the scholarships: *Mr Ali Al-Makhzomi's Visiting Scholarship at the University of Reading in Autumn 2018 led to employment on a Cultural Protection Fund project led by the University of Reading in the Iraq Museum. He is responsible for the Iraq part of the project, working in close coordination with Museum staff. *In 2019, 2018 Visiting Scholar & Grant recipient Dr Mohammed-Amin became a member of the UKRI's International Development Peer Review College *In 2019, 2019 Visiting Scholar Dr Maher Al-Helli was promoted to Professor of History at Mustansiriyah University *In 2019, 2019 Visiting Scholar Dr Alaa Hamdon was promoted to Director of the Remote Sensing Unit at Mosul University *At the end of this reporting period, Dr Rozhen Mohammed-Amin became a member of the Network's Management Committee Four Visiting Scholars were selected in February 2018 and a further four in August. The first two came to the UK for 2-month placements in 2018, the remainder arrived in 2019: * Dr Rozhen Mohammed, an architect and urban planner and head of the Digital Cultural Heritage Research Group at Sulaimani Polytechnic University, collaborating with the EMOTIVE project at Glasgow University to develop research on a storytelling project for the Slemani Museum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. * Mr Ali al-Makhzomi, who runs the Bil Weekend tour group in Iraq, to research the development of a web-based application on tourism in Iraq. * Dr Alaa Hamdon, of the Remote Sensing Unit at the University of Mosul, to develop a community management plan for the Daesh-damaged heritage site of Hatra. * Mr Mohammed Jasim Aal-Hajiahmed, director of Mosul University Libraries, hosted by the British Library, to work on a management plan for Mosul University Libraries. * Professor Nasser Jassem, the director of the University of Mosul's Orientalism Unit, based at University College London to research the history of British Orientalism in Iraq. * Dr Maher Al-Helli, of the History Department of Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad, at Sheffield University, to develop university teaching skills for the effective study of history * Dr Olcay Muslu-Gardner, Assistant Professor at the Mustafa Kemal Hatay University, Turkey, hosted by SOAS, University of London, to identify dimensions of sustainability for traditional music in the region of Sanlurfa, Turkey * Dr Mustafa Dogan, Associate Professor at Batman University, Turkey, hosted by the Archaeology Department, University of Reading, to research the role of eco-museums in cultural heritage and sustainable development Early in 2020, 2 more scholars from the early rounds arrived in the UK: * Dr Ali Naji of the University of Kufa, hosted by the Bartlett, University College London, to research the role of intangible cultural heritage in the revival of Najaf's tangible heritage * Mr Sadiq Khalil of the Iraqi Prime Minister's Office, hosted by Kingston University, to build effective advocacy through case-study analysis of Iraqi religious and non-religious heritage in crisis For the remainder of 2020, we will be looking forward to the visits of: * Mr Shazad Jaseem Tofiq, of the Directorate of Antiquities of Sulaimaniyah, hosted by the Ashmolean * Dr Laith Hussein, of Baghdad University, hosted at UCL * Dr Lina Tahan, of the Lebanese University, hosted at the Cambridge Research Centre
Start Year 2017
 
Description Visiting scholarships 
Organisation British Institute for the Study of Iraq
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution The project co-ordinates and funds a Visiting Scholarships scheme for researchers from Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, and Turkey in the sustainable development of heritage, history and the humanities, in conjunction with these four Learned Societies. Network Co-ordinator Dr Mehiyar Kathem heads the scheme. Together with our London administrator he co-ordinates and services six-monthly application rounds, selection committees, and promotional media for the scheme, and of the scholars on placement. In 2018 the Visiting Scholarships scheme was only open to Iraqi applicants but from 2019 applicants from all four countries are eligible.
Collaborator Contribution The four learned societies promote the Visiting Scholars scheme amongst their own audiences, attend the six-monthly selection committees to give expert advice on appointable candidates for the project's Management Committee, and manage the successful scholars' placements, as appropriate. They also promote the project's other activities, events and funding opportunities, and provide region-specific advice on request. The UK museums, archives, libraries and universities, etc. have all acted, or have agreed to act in future as hosts for our Visiting Scholars.
Impact Expanding the scheme to Iran, Lebanon and Turkey enabled us to fund a further six Visiting Scholarships in the 12 months covered by this reporting period: three from Iraq, two from Turkey and one from Lebanon. Four Visiting Scholars were hosted at UK institutions during this time, working across the full range of our remit: Dr Alaa Hamdon (Mosul University) at the University of Oxford on remote sensing of war-damaged heritage sites and supporting local communities; Dr Maher al-Helli (Mustansiriyah University) at the University of Sheffield on developing university history teaching; Dr Olcay Muslu Gardner (Mustafa Kemal Hatay University) at SOAS on Turkish heritage music; and Mr Mohammed Jasim (Mosul University) at the British Library on post-conflict university library management. As we highlighted in our original funding application, Iraq's universities have suffered for many decades now from continuing academic isolation. Our Visiting Scholars scheme was designed to help individual researchers forge meaningful links with UK host institutions but in many cases, they are also proving to be gateways to larger-scale inter-university relationships. For instance: Dr Alaa Hamdon's VS at the University of Oxford in February-March 2019 led to two return visits to the UK that summer with the newly appointed President of Mosul University to explore possible collaborations with the universities of Bradford, Liverpool and Newcastle Dr Maher Al-Helli's VS at the University of Sheffield in April-May 2019 led to a senior delegation from Sheffield paying a visit to Mustansiriyah University to discuss studentships and other collaborations Career developments following the scholarships: *Mr Ali Al-Makhzomi's Visiting Scholarship at the University of Reading in Autumn 2018 led to employment on a Cultural Protection Fund project led by the University of Reading in the Iraq Museum. He is responsible for the Iraq part of the project, working in close coordination with Museum staff. *In 2019, 2018 Visiting Scholar & Grant recipient Dr Mohammed-Amin became a member of the UKRI's International Development Peer Review College *In 2019, 2019 Visiting Scholar Dr Maher Al-Helli was promoted to Professor of History at Mustansiriyah University *In 2019, 2019 Visiting Scholar Dr Alaa Hamdon was promoted to Director of the Remote Sensing Unit at Mosul University *At the end of this reporting period, Dr Rozhen Mohammed-Amin became a member of the Network's Management Committee Four Visiting Scholars were selected in February 2018 and a further four in August. The first two came to the UK for 2-month placements in 2018, the remainder arrived in 2019: * Dr Rozhen Mohammed, an architect and urban planner and head of the Digital Cultural Heritage Research Group at Sulaimani Polytechnic University, collaborating with the EMOTIVE project at Glasgow University to develop research on a storytelling project for the Slemani Museum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. * Mr Ali al-Makhzomi, who runs the Bil Weekend tour group in Iraq, to research the development of a web-based application on tourism in Iraq. * Dr Alaa Hamdon, of the Remote Sensing Unit at the University of Mosul, to develop a community management plan for the Daesh-damaged heritage site of Hatra. * Mr Mohammed Jasim Aal-Hajiahmed, director of Mosul University Libraries, hosted by the British Library, to work on a management plan for Mosul University Libraries. * Professor Nasser Jassem, the director of the University of Mosul's Orientalism Unit, based at University College London to research the history of British Orientalism in Iraq. * Dr Maher Al-Helli, of the History Department of Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad, at Sheffield University, to develop university teaching skills for the effective study of history * Dr Olcay Muslu-Gardner, Assistant Professor at the Mustafa Kemal Hatay University, Turkey, hosted by SOAS, University of London, to identify dimensions of sustainability for traditional music in the region of Sanlurfa, Turkey * Dr Mustafa Dogan, Associate Professor at Batman University, Turkey, hosted by the Archaeology Department, University of Reading, to research the role of eco-museums in cultural heritage and sustainable development Early in 2020, 2 more scholars from the early rounds arrived in the UK: * Dr Ali Naji of the University of Kufa, hosted by the Bartlett, University College London, to research the role of intangible cultural heritage in the revival of Najaf's tangible heritage * Mr Sadiq Khalil of the Iraqi Prime Minister's Office, hosted by Kingston University, to build effective advocacy through case-study analysis of Iraqi religious and non-religious heritage in crisis For the remainder of 2020, we will be looking forward to the visits of: * Mr Shazad Jaseem Tofiq, of the Directorate of Antiquities of Sulaimaniyah, hosted by the Ashmolean * Dr Laith Hussein, of Baghdad University, hosted at UCL * Dr Lina Tahan, of the Lebanese University, hosted at the Cambridge Research Centre
Start Year 2017
 
Description Visiting scholarships 
Organisation Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The project co-ordinates and funds a Visiting Scholarships scheme for researchers from Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, and Turkey in the sustainable development of heritage, history and the humanities, in conjunction with these four Learned Societies. Network Co-ordinator Dr Mehiyar Kathem heads the scheme. Together with our London administrator he co-ordinates and services six-monthly application rounds, selection committees, and promotional media for the scheme, and of the scholars on placement. In 2018 the Visiting Scholarships scheme was only open to Iraqi applicants but from 2019 applicants from all four countries are eligible.
Collaborator Contribution The four learned societies promote the Visiting Scholars scheme amongst their own audiences, attend the six-monthly selection committees to give expert advice on appointable candidates for the project's Management Committee, and manage the successful scholars' placements, as appropriate. They also promote the project's other activities, events and funding opportunities, and provide region-specific advice on request. The UK museums, archives, libraries and universities, etc. have all acted, or have agreed to act in future as hosts for our Visiting Scholars.
Impact Expanding the scheme to Iran, Lebanon and Turkey enabled us to fund a further six Visiting Scholarships in the 12 months covered by this reporting period: three from Iraq, two from Turkey and one from Lebanon. Four Visiting Scholars were hosted at UK institutions during this time, working across the full range of our remit: Dr Alaa Hamdon (Mosul University) at the University of Oxford on remote sensing of war-damaged heritage sites and supporting local communities; Dr Maher al-Helli (Mustansiriyah University) at the University of Sheffield on developing university history teaching; Dr Olcay Muslu Gardner (Mustafa Kemal Hatay University) at SOAS on Turkish heritage music; and Mr Mohammed Jasim (Mosul University) at the British Library on post-conflict university library management. As we highlighted in our original funding application, Iraq's universities have suffered for many decades now from continuing academic isolation. Our Visiting Scholars scheme was designed to help individual researchers forge meaningful links with UK host institutions but in many cases, they are also proving to be gateways to larger-scale inter-university relationships. For instance: Dr Alaa Hamdon's VS at the University of Oxford in February-March 2019 led to two return visits to the UK that summer with the newly appointed President of Mosul University to explore possible collaborations with the universities of Bradford, Liverpool and Newcastle Dr Maher Al-Helli's VS at the University of Sheffield in April-May 2019 led to a senior delegation from Sheffield paying a visit to Mustansiriyah University to discuss studentships and other collaborations Career developments following the scholarships: *Mr Ali Al-Makhzomi's Visiting Scholarship at the University of Reading in Autumn 2018 led to employment on a Cultural Protection Fund project led by the University of Reading in the Iraq Museum. He is responsible for the Iraq part of the project, working in close coordination with Museum staff. *In 2019, 2018 Visiting Scholar & Grant recipient Dr Mohammed-Amin became a member of the UKRI's International Development Peer Review College *In 2019, 2019 Visiting Scholar Dr Maher Al-Helli was promoted to Professor of History at Mustansiriyah University *In 2019, 2019 Visiting Scholar Dr Alaa Hamdon was promoted to Director of the Remote Sensing Unit at Mosul University *At the end of this reporting period, Dr Rozhen Mohammed-Amin became a member of the Network's Management Committee Four Visiting Scholars were selected in February 2018 and a further four in August. The first two came to the UK for 2-month placements in 2018, the remainder arrived in 2019: * Dr Rozhen Mohammed, an architect and urban planner and head of the Digital Cultural Heritage Research Group at Sulaimani Polytechnic University, collaborating with the EMOTIVE project at Glasgow University to develop research on a storytelling project for the Slemani Museum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. * Mr Ali al-Makhzomi, who runs the Bil Weekend tour group in Iraq, to research the development of a web-based application on tourism in Iraq. * Dr Alaa Hamdon, of the Remote Sensing Unit at the University of Mosul, to develop a community management plan for the Daesh-damaged heritage site of Hatra. * Mr Mohammed Jasim Aal-Hajiahmed, director of Mosul University Libraries, hosted by the British Library, to work on a management plan for Mosul University Libraries. * Professor Nasser Jassem, the director of the University of Mosul's Orientalism Unit, based at University College London to research the history of British Orientalism in Iraq. * Dr Maher Al-Helli, of the History Department of Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad, at Sheffield University, to develop university teaching skills for the effective study of history * Dr Olcay Muslu-Gardner, Assistant Professor at the Mustafa Kemal Hatay University, Turkey, hosted by SOAS, University of London, to identify dimensions of sustainability for traditional music in the region of Sanlurfa, Turkey * Dr Mustafa Dogan, Associate Professor at Batman University, Turkey, hosted by the Archaeology Department, University of Reading, to research the role of eco-museums in cultural heritage and sustainable development Early in 2020, 2 more scholars from the early rounds arrived in the UK: * Dr Ali Naji of the University of Kufa, hosted by the Bartlett, University College London, to research the role of intangible cultural heritage in the revival of Najaf's tangible heritage * Mr Sadiq Khalil of the Iraqi Prime Minister's Office, hosted by Kingston University, to build effective advocacy through case-study analysis of Iraqi religious and non-religious heritage in crisis For the remainder of 2020, we will be looking forward to the visits of: * Mr Shazad Jaseem Tofiq, of the Directorate of Antiquities of Sulaimaniyah, hosted by the Ashmolean * Dr Laith Hussein, of Baghdad University, hosted at UCL * Dr Lina Tahan, of the Lebanese University, hosted at the Cambridge Research Centre
Start Year 2017
 
Description Visiting scholarships 
Organisation Iran Heritage Foundation
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The project co-ordinates and funds a Visiting Scholarships scheme for researchers from Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, and Turkey in the sustainable development of heritage, history and the humanities, in conjunction with these four Learned Societies. Network Co-ordinator Dr Mehiyar Kathem heads the scheme. Together with our London administrator he co-ordinates and services six-monthly application rounds, selection committees, and promotional media for the scheme, and of the scholars on placement. In 2018 the Visiting Scholarships scheme was only open to Iraqi applicants but from 2019 applicants from all four countries are eligible.
Collaborator Contribution The four learned societies promote the Visiting Scholars scheme amongst their own audiences, attend the six-monthly selection committees to give expert advice on appointable candidates for the project's Management Committee, and manage the successful scholars' placements, as appropriate. They also promote the project's other activities, events and funding opportunities, and provide region-specific advice on request. The UK museums, archives, libraries and universities, etc. have all acted, or have agreed to act in future as hosts for our Visiting Scholars.
Impact Expanding the scheme to Iran, Lebanon and Turkey enabled us to fund a further six Visiting Scholarships in the 12 months covered by this reporting period: three from Iraq, two from Turkey and one from Lebanon. Four Visiting Scholars were hosted at UK institutions during this time, working across the full range of our remit: Dr Alaa Hamdon (Mosul University) at the University of Oxford on remote sensing of war-damaged heritage sites and supporting local communities; Dr Maher al-Helli (Mustansiriyah University) at the University of Sheffield on developing university history teaching; Dr Olcay Muslu Gardner (Mustafa Kemal Hatay University) at SOAS on Turkish heritage music; and Mr Mohammed Jasim (Mosul University) at the British Library on post-conflict university library management. As we highlighted in our original funding application, Iraq's universities have suffered for many decades now from continuing academic isolation. Our Visiting Scholars scheme was designed to help individual researchers forge meaningful links with UK host institutions but in many cases, they are also proving to be gateways to larger-scale inter-university relationships. For instance: Dr Alaa Hamdon's VS at the University of Oxford in February-March 2019 led to two return visits to the UK that summer with the newly appointed President of Mosul University to explore possible collaborations with the universities of Bradford, Liverpool and Newcastle Dr Maher Al-Helli's VS at the University of Sheffield in April-May 2019 led to a senior delegation from Sheffield paying a visit to Mustansiriyah University to discuss studentships and other collaborations Career developments following the scholarships: *Mr Ali Al-Makhzomi's Visiting Scholarship at the University of Reading in Autumn 2018 led to employment on a Cultural Protection Fund project led by the University of Reading in the Iraq Museum. He is responsible for the Iraq part of the project, working in close coordination with Museum staff. *In 2019, 2018 Visiting Scholar & Grant recipient Dr Mohammed-Amin became a member of the UKRI's International Development Peer Review College *In 2019, 2019 Visiting Scholar Dr Maher Al-Helli was promoted to Professor of History at Mustansiriyah University *In 2019, 2019 Visiting Scholar Dr Alaa Hamdon was promoted to Director of the Remote Sensing Unit at Mosul University *At the end of this reporting period, Dr Rozhen Mohammed-Amin became a member of the Network's Management Committee Four Visiting Scholars were selected in February 2018 and a further four in August. The first two came to the UK for 2-month placements in 2018, the remainder arrived in 2019: * Dr Rozhen Mohammed, an architect and urban planner and head of the Digital Cultural Heritage Research Group at Sulaimani Polytechnic University, collaborating with the EMOTIVE project at Glasgow University to develop research on a storytelling project for the Slemani Museum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. * Mr Ali al-Makhzomi, who runs the Bil Weekend tour group in Iraq, to research the development of a web-based application on tourism in Iraq. * Dr Alaa Hamdon, of the Remote Sensing Unit at the University of Mosul, to develop a community management plan for the Daesh-damaged heritage site of Hatra. * Mr Mohammed Jasim Aal-Hajiahmed, director of Mosul University Libraries, hosted by the British Library, to work on a management plan for Mosul University Libraries. * Professor Nasser Jassem, the director of the University of Mosul's Orientalism Unit, based at University College London to research the history of British Orientalism in Iraq. * Dr Maher Al-Helli, of the History Department of Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad, at Sheffield University, to develop university teaching skills for the effective study of history * Dr Olcay Muslu-Gardner, Assistant Professor at the Mustafa Kemal Hatay University, Turkey, hosted by SOAS, University of London, to identify dimensions of sustainability for traditional music in the region of Sanlurfa, Turkey * Dr Mustafa Dogan, Associate Professor at Batman University, Turkey, hosted by the Archaeology Department, University of Reading, to research the role of eco-museums in cultural heritage and sustainable development Early in 2020, 2 more scholars from the early rounds arrived in the UK: * Dr Ali Naji of the University of Kufa, hosted by the Bartlett, University College London, to research the role of intangible cultural heritage in the revival of Najaf's tangible heritage * Mr Sadiq Khalil of the Iraqi Prime Minister's Office, hosted by Kingston University, to build effective advocacy through case-study analysis of Iraqi religious and non-religious heritage in crisis For the remainder of 2020, we will be looking forward to the visits of: * Mr Shazad Jaseem Tofiq, of the Directorate of Antiquities of Sulaimaniyah, hosted by the Ashmolean * Dr Laith Hussein, of Baghdad University, hosted at UCL * Dr Lina Tahan, of the Lebanese University, hosted at the Cambridge Research Centre
Start Year 2017
 
Description Visiting scholarships 
Organisation Kingston University London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The project co-ordinates and funds a Visiting Scholarships scheme for researchers from Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, and Turkey in the sustainable development of heritage, history and the humanities, in conjunction with these four Learned Societies. Network Co-ordinator Dr Mehiyar Kathem heads the scheme. Together with our London administrator he co-ordinates and services six-monthly application rounds, selection committees, and promotional media for the scheme, and of the scholars on placement. In 2018 the Visiting Scholarships scheme was only open to Iraqi applicants but from 2019 applicants from all four countries are eligible.
Collaborator Contribution The four learned societies promote the Visiting Scholars scheme amongst their own audiences, attend the six-monthly selection committees to give expert advice on appointable candidates for the project's Management Committee, and manage the successful scholars' placements, as appropriate. They also promote the project's other activities, events and funding opportunities, and provide region-specific advice on request. The UK museums, archives, libraries and universities, etc. have all acted, or have agreed to act in future as hosts for our Visiting Scholars.
Impact Expanding the scheme to Iran, Lebanon and Turkey enabled us to fund a further six Visiting Scholarships in the 12 months covered by this reporting period: three from Iraq, two from Turkey and one from Lebanon. Four Visiting Scholars were hosted at UK institutions during this time, working across the full range of our remit: Dr Alaa Hamdon (Mosul University) at the University of Oxford on remote sensing of war-damaged heritage sites and supporting local communities; Dr Maher al-Helli (Mustansiriyah University) at the University of Sheffield on developing university history teaching; Dr Olcay Muslu Gardner (Mustafa Kemal Hatay University) at SOAS on Turkish heritage music; and Mr Mohammed Jasim (Mosul University) at the British Library on post-conflict university library management. As we highlighted in our original funding application, Iraq's universities have suffered for many decades now from continuing academic isolation. Our Visiting Scholars scheme was designed to help individual researchers forge meaningful links with UK host institutions but in many cases, they are also proving to be gateways to larger-scale inter-university relationships. For instance: Dr Alaa Hamdon's VS at the University of Oxford in February-March 2019 led to two return visits to the UK that summer with the newly appointed President of Mosul University to explore possible collaborations with the universities of Bradford, Liverpool and Newcastle Dr Maher Al-Helli's VS at the University of Sheffield in April-May 2019 led to a senior delegation from Sheffield paying a visit to Mustansiriyah University to discuss studentships and other collaborations Career developments following the scholarships: *Mr Ali Al-Makhzomi's Visiting Scholarship at the University of Reading in Autumn 2018 led to employment on a Cultural Protection Fund project led by the University of Reading in the Iraq Museum. He is responsible for the Iraq part of the project, working in close coordination with Museum staff. *In 2019, 2018 Visiting Scholar & Grant recipient Dr Mohammed-Amin became a member of the UKRI's International Development Peer Review College *In 2019, 2019 Visiting Scholar Dr Maher Al-Helli was promoted to Professor of History at Mustansiriyah University *In 2019, 2019 Visiting Scholar Dr Alaa Hamdon was promoted to Director of the Remote Sensing Unit at Mosul University *At the end of this reporting period, Dr Rozhen Mohammed-Amin became a member of the Network's Management Committee Four Visiting Scholars were selected in February 2018 and a further four in August. The first two came to the UK for 2-month placements in 2018, the remainder arrived in 2019: * Dr Rozhen Mohammed, an architect and urban planner and head of the Digital Cultural Heritage Research Group at Sulaimani Polytechnic University, collaborating with the EMOTIVE project at Glasgow University to develop research on a storytelling project for the Slemani Museum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. * Mr Ali al-Makhzomi, who runs the Bil Weekend tour group in Iraq, to research the development of a web-based application on tourism in Iraq. * Dr Alaa Hamdon, of the Remote Sensing Unit at the University of Mosul, to develop a community management plan for the Daesh-damaged heritage site of Hatra. * Mr Mohammed Jasim Aal-Hajiahmed, director of Mosul University Libraries, hosted by the British Library, to work on a management plan for Mosul University Libraries. * Professor Nasser Jassem, the director of the University of Mosul's Orientalism Unit, based at University College London to research the history of British Orientalism in Iraq. * Dr Maher Al-Helli, of the History Department of Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad, at Sheffield University, to develop university teaching skills for the effective study of history * Dr Olcay Muslu-Gardner, Assistant Professor at the Mustafa Kemal Hatay University, Turkey, hosted by SOAS, University of London, to identify dimensions of sustainability for traditional music in the region of Sanlurfa, Turkey * Dr Mustafa Dogan, Associate Professor at Batman University, Turkey, hosted by the Archaeology Department, University of Reading, to research the role of eco-museums in cultural heritage and sustainable development Early in 2020, 2 more scholars from the early rounds arrived in the UK: * Dr Ali Naji of the University of Kufa, hosted by the Bartlett, University College London, to research the role of intangible cultural heritage in the revival of Najaf's tangible heritage * Mr Sadiq Khalil of the Iraqi Prime Minister's Office, hosted by Kingston University, to build effective advocacy through case-study analysis of Iraqi religious and non-religious heritage in crisis For the remainder of 2020, we will be looking forward to the visits of: * Mr Shazad Jaseem Tofiq, of the Directorate of Antiquities of Sulaimaniyah, hosted by the Ashmolean * Dr Laith Hussein, of Baghdad University, hosted at UCL * Dr Lina Tahan, of the Lebanese University, hosted at the Cambridge Research Centre
Start Year 2017
 
Description Visiting scholarships 
Organisation School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The project co-ordinates and funds a Visiting Scholarships scheme for researchers from Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, and Turkey in the sustainable development of heritage, history and the humanities, in conjunction with these four Learned Societies. Network Co-ordinator Dr Mehiyar Kathem heads the scheme. Together with our London administrator he co-ordinates and services six-monthly application rounds, selection committees, and promotional media for the scheme, and of the scholars on placement. In 2018 the Visiting Scholarships scheme was only open to Iraqi applicants but from 2019 applicants from all four countries are eligible.
Collaborator Contribution The four learned societies promote the Visiting Scholars scheme amongst their own audiences, attend the six-monthly selection committees to give expert advice on appointable candidates for the project's Management Committee, and manage the successful scholars' placements, as appropriate. They also promote the project's other activities, events and funding opportunities, and provide region-specific advice on request. The UK museums, archives, libraries and universities, etc. have all acted, or have agreed to act in future as hosts for our Visiting Scholars.
Impact Expanding the scheme to Iran, Lebanon and Turkey enabled us to fund a further six Visiting Scholarships in the 12 months covered by this reporting period: three from Iraq, two from Turkey and one from Lebanon. Four Visiting Scholars were hosted at UK institutions during this time, working across the full range of our remit: Dr Alaa Hamdon (Mosul University) at the University of Oxford on remote sensing of war-damaged heritage sites and supporting local communities; Dr Maher al-Helli (Mustansiriyah University) at the University of Sheffield on developing university history teaching; Dr Olcay Muslu Gardner (Mustafa Kemal Hatay University) at SOAS on Turkish heritage music; and Mr Mohammed Jasim (Mosul University) at the British Library on post-conflict university library management. As we highlighted in our original funding application, Iraq's universities have suffered for many decades now from continuing academic isolation. Our Visiting Scholars scheme was designed to help individual researchers forge meaningful links with UK host institutions but in many cases, they are also proving to be gateways to larger-scale inter-university relationships. For instance: Dr Alaa Hamdon's VS at the University of Oxford in February-March 2019 led to two return visits to the UK that summer with the newly appointed President of Mosul University to explore possible collaborations with the universities of Bradford, Liverpool and Newcastle Dr Maher Al-Helli's VS at the University of Sheffield in April-May 2019 led to a senior delegation from Sheffield paying a visit to Mustansiriyah University to discuss studentships and other collaborations Career developments following the scholarships: *Mr Ali Al-Makhzomi's Visiting Scholarship at the University of Reading in Autumn 2018 led to employment on a Cultural Protection Fund project led by the University of Reading in the Iraq Museum. He is responsible for the Iraq part of the project, working in close coordination with Museum staff. *In 2019, 2018 Visiting Scholar & Grant recipient Dr Mohammed-Amin became a member of the UKRI's International Development Peer Review College *In 2019, 2019 Visiting Scholar Dr Maher Al-Helli was promoted to Professor of History at Mustansiriyah University *In 2019, 2019 Visiting Scholar Dr Alaa Hamdon was promoted to Director of the Remote Sensing Unit at Mosul University *At the end of this reporting period, Dr Rozhen Mohammed-Amin became a member of the Network's Management Committee Four Visiting Scholars were selected in February 2018 and a further four in August. The first two came to the UK for 2-month placements in 2018, the remainder arrived in 2019: * Dr Rozhen Mohammed, an architect and urban planner and head of the Digital Cultural Heritage Research Group at Sulaimani Polytechnic University, collaborating with the EMOTIVE project at Glasgow University to develop research on a storytelling project for the Slemani Museum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. * Mr Ali al-Makhzomi, who runs the Bil Weekend tour group in Iraq, to research the development of a web-based application on tourism in Iraq. * Dr Alaa Hamdon, of the Remote Sensing Unit at the University of Mosul, to develop a community management plan for the Daesh-damaged heritage site of Hatra. * Mr Mohammed Jasim Aal-Hajiahmed, director of Mosul University Libraries, hosted by the British Library, to work on a management plan for Mosul University Libraries. * Professor Nasser Jassem, the director of the University of Mosul's Orientalism Unit, based at University College London to research the history of British Orientalism in Iraq. * Dr Maher Al-Helli, of the History Department of Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad, at Sheffield University, to develop university teaching skills for the effective study of history * Dr Olcay Muslu-Gardner, Assistant Professor at the Mustafa Kemal Hatay University, Turkey, hosted by SOAS, University of London, to identify dimensions of sustainability for traditional music in the region of Sanlurfa, Turkey * Dr Mustafa Dogan, Associate Professor at Batman University, Turkey, hosted by the Archaeology Department, University of Reading, to research the role of eco-museums in cultural heritage and sustainable development Early in 2020, 2 more scholars from the early rounds arrived in the UK: * Dr Ali Naji of the University of Kufa, hosted by the Bartlett, University College London, to research the role of intangible cultural heritage in the revival of Najaf's tangible heritage * Mr Sadiq Khalil of the Iraqi Prime Minister's Office, hosted by Kingston University, to build effective advocacy through case-study analysis of Iraqi religious and non-religious heritage in crisis For the remainder of 2020, we will be looking forward to the visits of: * Mr Shazad Jaseem Tofiq, of the Directorate of Antiquities of Sulaimaniyah, hosted by the Ashmolean * Dr Laith Hussein, of Baghdad University, hosted at UCL * Dr Lina Tahan, of the Lebanese University, hosted at the Cambridge Research Centre
Start Year 2017
 
Description Visiting scholarships 
Organisation The British Library
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The project co-ordinates and funds a Visiting Scholarships scheme for researchers from Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, and Turkey in the sustainable development of heritage, history and the humanities, in conjunction with these four Learned Societies. Network Co-ordinator Dr Mehiyar Kathem heads the scheme. Together with our London administrator he co-ordinates and services six-monthly application rounds, selection committees, and promotional media for the scheme, and of the scholars on placement. In 2018 the Visiting Scholarships scheme was only open to Iraqi applicants but from 2019 applicants from all four countries are eligible.
Collaborator Contribution The four learned societies promote the Visiting Scholars scheme amongst their own audiences, attend the six-monthly selection committees to give expert advice on appointable candidates for the project's Management Committee, and manage the successful scholars' placements, as appropriate. They also promote the project's other activities, events and funding opportunities, and provide region-specific advice on request. The UK museums, archives, libraries and universities, etc. have all acted, or have agreed to act in future as hosts for our Visiting Scholars.
Impact Expanding the scheme to Iran, Lebanon and Turkey enabled us to fund a further six Visiting Scholarships in the 12 months covered by this reporting period: three from Iraq, two from Turkey and one from Lebanon. Four Visiting Scholars were hosted at UK institutions during this time, working across the full range of our remit: Dr Alaa Hamdon (Mosul University) at the University of Oxford on remote sensing of war-damaged heritage sites and supporting local communities; Dr Maher al-Helli (Mustansiriyah University) at the University of Sheffield on developing university history teaching; Dr Olcay Muslu Gardner (Mustafa Kemal Hatay University) at SOAS on Turkish heritage music; and Mr Mohammed Jasim (Mosul University) at the British Library on post-conflict university library management. As we highlighted in our original funding application, Iraq's universities have suffered for many decades now from continuing academic isolation. Our Visiting Scholars scheme was designed to help individual researchers forge meaningful links with UK host institutions but in many cases, they are also proving to be gateways to larger-scale inter-university relationships. For instance: Dr Alaa Hamdon's VS at the University of Oxford in February-March 2019 led to two return visits to the UK that summer with the newly appointed President of Mosul University to explore possible collaborations with the universities of Bradford, Liverpool and Newcastle Dr Maher Al-Helli's VS at the University of Sheffield in April-May 2019 led to a senior delegation from Sheffield paying a visit to Mustansiriyah University to discuss studentships and other collaborations Career developments following the scholarships: *Mr Ali Al-Makhzomi's Visiting Scholarship at the University of Reading in Autumn 2018 led to employment on a Cultural Protection Fund project led by the University of Reading in the Iraq Museum. He is responsible for the Iraq part of the project, working in close coordination with Museum staff. *In 2019, 2018 Visiting Scholar & Grant recipient Dr Mohammed-Amin became a member of the UKRI's International Development Peer Review College *In 2019, 2019 Visiting Scholar Dr Maher Al-Helli was promoted to Professor of History at Mustansiriyah University *In 2019, 2019 Visiting Scholar Dr Alaa Hamdon was promoted to Director of the Remote Sensing Unit at Mosul University *At the end of this reporting period, Dr Rozhen Mohammed-Amin became a member of the Network's Management Committee Four Visiting Scholars were selected in February 2018 and a further four in August. The first two came to the UK for 2-month placements in 2018, the remainder arrived in 2019: * Dr Rozhen Mohammed, an architect and urban planner and head of the Digital Cultural Heritage Research Group at Sulaimani Polytechnic University, collaborating with the EMOTIVE project at Glasgow University to develop research on a storytelling project for the Slemani Museum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. * Mr Ali al-Makhzomi, who runs the Bil Weekend tour group in Iraq, to research the development of a web-based application on tourism in Iraq. * Dr Alaa Hamdon, of the Remote Sensing Unit at the University of Mosul, to develop a community management plan for the Daesh-damaged heritage site of Hatra. * Mr Mohammed Jasim Aal-Hajiahmed, director of Mosul University Libraries, hosted by the British Library, to work on a management plan for Mosul University Libraries. * Professor Nasser Jassem, the director of the University of Mosul's Orientalism Unit, based at University College London to research the history of British Orientalism in Iraq. * Dr Maher Al-Helli, of the History Department of Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad, at Sheffield University, to develop university teaching skills for the effective study of history * Dr Olcay Muslu-Gardner, Assistant Professor at the Mustafa Kemal Hatay University, Turkey, hosted by SOAS, University of London, to identify dimensions of sustainability for traditional music in the region of Sanlurfa, Turkey * Dr Mustafa Dogan, Associate Professor at Batman University, Turkey, hosted by the Archaeology Department, University of Reading, to research the role of eco-museums in cultural heritage and sustainable development Early in 2020, 2 more scholars from the early rounds arrived in the UK: * Dr Ali Naji of the University of Kufa, hosted by the Bartlett, University College London, to research the role of intangible cultural heritage in the revival of Najaf's tangible heritage * Mr Sadiq Khalil of the Iraqi Prime Minister's Office, hosted by Kingston University, to build effective advocacy through case-study analysis of Iraqi religious and non-religious heritage in crisis For the remainder of 2020, we will be looking forward to the visits of: * Mr Shazad Jaseem Tofiq, of the Directorate of Antiquities of Sulaimaniyah, hosted by the Ashmolean * Dr Laith Hussein, of Baghdad University, hosted at UCL * Dr Lina Tahan, of the Lebanese University, hosted at the Cambridge Research Centre
Start Year 2017
 
Description Visiting scholarships 
Organisation The National Archives
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The project co-ordinates and funds a Visiting Scholarships scheme for researchers from Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, and Turkey in the sustainable development of heritage, history and the humanities, in conjunction with these four Learned Societies. Network Co-ordinator Dr Mehiyar Kathem heads the scheme. Together with our London administrator he co-ordinates and services six-monthly application rounds, selection committees, and promotional media for the scheme, and of the scholars on placement. In 2018 the Visiting Scholarships scheme was only open to Iraqi applicants but from 2019 applicants from all four countries are eligible.
Collaborator Contribution The four learned societies promote the Visiting Scholars scheme amongst their own audiences, attend the six-monthly selection committees to give expert advice on appointable candidates for the project's Management Committee, and manage the successful scholars' placements, as appropriate. They also promote the project's other activities, events and funding opportunities, and provide region-specific advice on request. The UK museums, archives, libraries and universities, etc. have all acted, or have agreed to act in future as hosts for our Visiting Scholars.
Impact Expanding the scheme to Iran, Lebanon and Turkey enabled us to fund a further six Visiting Scholarships in the 12 months covered by this reporting period: three from Iraq, two from Turkey and one from Lebanon. Four Visiting Scholars were hosted at UK institutions during this time, working across the full range of our remit: Dr Alaa Hamdon (Mosul University) at the University of Oxford on remote sensing of war-damaged heritage sites and supporting local communities; Dr Maher al-Helli (Mustansiriyah University) at the University of Sheffield on developing university history teaching; Dr Olcay Muslu Gardner (Mustafa Kemal Hatay University) at SOAS on Turkish heritage music; and Mr Mohammed Jasim (Mosul University) at the British Library on post-conflict university library management. As we highlighted in our original funding application, Iraq's universities have suffered for many decades now from continuing academic isolation. Our Visiting Scholars scheme was designed to help individual researchers forge meaningful links with UK host institutions but in many cases, they are also proving to be gateways to larger-scale inter-university relationships. For instance: Dr Alaa Hamdon's VS at the University of Oxford in February-March 2019 led to two return visits to the UK that summer with the newly appointed President of Mosul University to explore possible collaborations with the universities of Bradford, Liverpool and Newcastle Dr Maher Al-Helli's VS at the University of Sheffield in April-May 2019 led to a senior delegation from Sheffield paying a visit to Mustansiriyah University to discuss studentships and other collaborations Career developments following the scholarships: *Mr Ali Al-Makhzomi's Visiting Scholarship at the University of Reading in Autumn 2018 led to employment on a Cultural Protection Fund project led by the University of Reading in the Iraq Museum. He is responsible for the Iraq part of the project, working in close coordination with Museum staff. *In 2019, 2018 Visiting Scholar & Grant recipient Dr Mohammed-Amin became a member of the UKRI's International Development Peer Review College *In 2019, 2019 Visiting Scholar Dr Maher Al-Helli was promoted to Professor of History at Mustansiriyah University *In 2019, 2019 Visiting Scholar Dr Alaa Hamdon was promoted to Director of the Remote Sensing Unit at Mosul University *At the end of this reporting period, Dr Rozhen Mohammed-Amin became a member of the Network's Management Committee Four Visiting Scholars were selected in February 2018 and a further four in August. The first two came to the UK for 2-month placements in 2018, the remainder arrived in 2019: * Dr Rozhen Mohammed, an architect and urban planner and head of the Digital Cultural Heritage Research Group at Sulaimani Polytechnic University, collaborating with the EMOTIVE project at Glasgow University to develop research on a storytelling project for the Slemani Museum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. * Mr Ali al-Makhzomi, who runs the Bil Weekend tour group in Iraq, to research the development of a web-based application on tourism in Iraq. * Dr Alaa Hamdon, of the Remote Sensing Unit at the University of Mosul, to develop a community management plan for the Daesh-damaged heritage site of Hatra. * Mr Mohammed Jasim Aal-Hajiahmed, director of Mosul University Libraries, hosted by the British Library, to work on a management plan for Mosul University Libraries. * Professor Nasser Jassem, the director of the University of Mosul's Orientalism Unit, based at University College London to research the history of British Orientalism in Iraq. * Dr Maher Al-Helli, of the History Department of Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad, at Sheffield University, to develop university teaching skills for the effective study of history * Dr Olcay Muslu-Gardner, Assistant Professor at the Mustafa Kemal Hatay University, Turkey, hosted by SOAS, University of London, to identify dimensions of sustainability for traditional music in the region of Sanlurfa, Turkey * Dr Mustafa Dogan, Associate Professor at Batman University, Turkey, hosted by the Archaeology Department, University of Reading, to research the role of eco-museums in cultural heritage and sustainable development Early in 2020, 2 more scholars from the early rounds arrived in the UK: * Dr Ali Naji of the University of Kufa, hosted by the Bartlett, University College London, to research the role of intangible cultural heritage in the revival of Najaf's tangible heritage * Mr Sadiq Khalil of the Iraqi Prime Minister's Office, hosted by Kingston University, to build effective advocacy through case-study analysis of Iraqi religious and non-religious heritage in crisis For the remainder of 2020, we will be looking forward to the visits of: * Mr Shazad Jaseem Tofiq, of the Directorate of Antiquities of Sulaimaniyah, hosted by the Ashmolean * Dr Laith Hussein, of Baghdad University, hosted at UCL * Dr Lina Tahan, of the Lebanese University, hosted at the Cambridge Research Centre
Start Year 2017
 
Description Visiting scholarships 
Organisation University College London
Department Bartlett School of Graduate Studies
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The project co-ordinates and funds a Visiting Scholarships scheme for researchers from Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, and Turkey in the sustainable development of heritage, history and the humanities, in conjunction with these four Learned Societies. Network Co-ordinator Dr Mehiyar Kathem heads the scheme. Together with our London administrator he co-ordinates and services six-monthly application rounds, selection committees, and promotional media for the scheme, and of the scholars on placement. In 2018 the Visiting Scholarships scheme was only open to Iraqi applicants but from 2019 applicants from all four countries are eligible.
Collaborator Contribution The four learned societies promote the Visiting Scholars scheme amongst their own audiences, attend the six-monthly selection committees to give expert advice on appointable candidates for the project's Management Committee, and manage the successful scholars' placements, as appropriate. They also promote the project's other activities, events and funding opportunities, and provide region-specific advice on request. The UK museums, archives, libraries and universities, etc. have all acted, or have agreed to act in future as hosts for our Visiting Scholars.
Impact Expanding the scheme to Iran, Lebanon and Turkey enabled us to fund a further six Visiting Scholarships in the 12 months covered by this reporting period: three from Iraq, two from Turkey and one from Lebanon. Four Visiting Scholars were hosted at UK institutions during this time, working across the full range of our remit: Dr Alaa Hamdon (Mosul University) at the University of Oxford on remote sensing of war-damaged heritage sites and supporting local communities; Dr Maher al-Helli (Mustansiriyah University) at the University of Sheffield on developing university history teaching; Dr Olcay Muslu Gardner (Mustafa Kemal Hatay University) at SOAS on Turkish heritage music; and Mr Mohammed Jasim (Mosul University) at the British Library on post-conflict university library management. As we highlighted in our original funding application, Iraq's universities have suffered for many decades now from continuing academic isolation. Our Visiting Scholars scheme was designed to help individual researchers forge meaningful links with UK host institutions but in many cases, they are also proving to be gateways to larger-scale inter-university relationships. For instance: Dr Alaa Hamdon's VS at the University of Oxford in February-March 2019 led to two return visits to the UK that summer with the newly appointed President of Mosul University to explore possible collaborations with the universities of Bradford, Liverpool and Newcastle Dr Maher Al-Helli's VS at the University of Sheffield in April-May 2019 led to a senior delegation from Sheffield paying a visit to Mustansiriyah University to discuss studentships and other collaborations Career developments following the scholarships: *Mr Ali Al-Makhzomi's Visiting Scholarship at the University of Reading in Autumn 2018 led to employment on a Cultural Protection Fund project led by the University of Reading in the Iraq Museum. He is responsible for the Iraq part of the project, working in close coordination with Museum staff. *In 2019, 2018 Visiting Scholar & Grant recipient Dr Mohammed-Amin became a member of the UKRI's International Development Peer Review College *In 2019, 2019 Visiting Scholar Dr Maher Al-Helli was promoted to Professor of History at Mustansiriyah University *In 2019, 2019 Visiting Scholar Dr Alaa Hamdon was promoted to Director of the Remote Sensing Unit at Mosul University *At the end of this reporting period, Dr Rozhen Mohammed-Amin became a member of the Network's Management Committee Four Visiting Scholars were selected in February 2018 and a further four in August. The first two came to the UK for 2-month placements in 2018, the remainder arrived in 2019: * Dr Rozhen Mohammed, an architect and urban planner and head of the Digital Cultural Heritage Research Group at Sulaimani Polytechnic University, collaborating with the EMOTIVE project at Glasgow University to develop research on a storytelling project for the Slemani Museum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. * Mr Ali al-Makhzomi, who runs the Bil Weekend tour group in Iraq, to research the development of a web-based application on tourism in Iraq. * Dr Alaa Hamdon, of the Remote Sensing Unit at the University of Mosul, to develop a community management plan for the Daesh-damaged heritage site of Hatra. * Mr Mohammed Jasim Aal-Hajiahmed, director of Mosul University Libraries, hosted by the British Library, to work on a management plan for Mosul University Libraries. * Professor Nasser Jassem, the director of the University of Mosul's Orientalism Unit, based at University College London to research the history of British Orientalism in Iraq. * Dr Maher Al-Helli, of the History Department of Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad, at Sheffield University, to develop university teaching skills for the effective study of history * Dr Olcay Muslu-Gardner, Assistant Professor at the Mustafa Kemal Hatay University, Turkey, hosted by SOAS, University of London, to identify dimensions of sustainability for traditional music in the region of Sanlurfa, Turkey * Dr Mustafa Dogan, Associate Professor at Batman University, Turkey, hosted by the Archaeology Department, University of Reading, to research the role of eco-museums in cultural heritage and sustainable development Early in 2020, 2 more scholars from the early rounds arrived in the UK: * Dr Ali Naji of the University of Kufa, hosted by the Bartlett, University College London, to research the role of intangible cultural heritage in the revival of Najaf's tangible heritage * Mr Sadiq Khalil of the Iraqi Prime Minister's Office, hosted by Kingston University, to build effective advocacy through case-study analysis of Iraqi religious and non-religious heritage in crisis For the remainder of 2020, we will be looking forward to the visits of: * Mr Shazad Jaseem Tofiq, of the Directorate of Antiquities of Sulaimaniyah, hosted by the Ashmolean * Dr Laith Hussein, of Baghdad University, hosted at UCL * Dr Lina Tahan, of the Lebanese University, hosted at the Cambridge Research Centre
Start Year 2017
 
Description Visiting scholarships 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The project co-ordinates and funds a Visiting Scholarships scheme for researchers from Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, and Turkey in the sustainable development of heritage, history and the humanities, in conjunction with these four Learned Societies. Network Co-ordinator Dr Mehiyar Kathem heads the scheme. Together with our London administrator he co-ordinates and services six-monthly application rounds, selection committees, and promotional media for the scheme, and of the scholars on placement. In 2018 the Visiting Scholarships scheme was only open to Iraqi applicants but from 2019 applicants from all four countries are eligible.
Collaborator Contribution The four learned societies promote the Visiting Scholars scheme amongst their own audiences, attend the six-monthly selection committees to give expert advice on appointable candidates for the project's Management Committee, and manage the successful scholars' placements, as appropriate. They also promote the project's other activities, events and funding opportunities, and provide region-specific advice on request. The UK museums, archives, libraries and universities, etc. have all acted, or have agreed to act in future as hosts for our Visiting Scholars.
Impact Expanding the scheme to Iran, Lebanon and Turkey enabled us to fund a further six Visiting Scholarships in the 12 months covered by this reporting period: three from Iraq, two from Turkey and one from Lebanon. Four Visiting Scholars were hosted at UK institutions during this time, working across the full range of our remit: Dr Alaa Hamdon (Mosul University) at the University of Oxford on remote sensing of war-damaged heritage sites and supporting local communities; Dr Maher al-Helli (Mustansiriyah University) at the University of Sheffield on developing university history teaching; Dr Olcay Muslu Gardner (Mustafa Kemal Hatay University) at SOAS on Turkish heritage music; and Mr Mohammed Jasim (Mosul University) at the British Library on post-conflict university library management. As we highlighted in our original funding application, Iraq's universities have suffered for many decades now from continuing academic isolation. Our Visiting Scholars scheme was designed to help individual researchers forge meaningful links with UK host institutions but in many cases, they are also proving to be gateways to larger-scale inter-university relationships. For instance: Dr Alaa Hamdon's VS at the University of Oxford in February-March 2019 led to two return visits to the UK that summer with the newly appointed President of Mosul University to explore possible collaborations with the universities of Bradford, Liverpool and Newcastle Dr Maher Al-Helli's VS at the University of Sheffield in April-May 2019 led to a senior delegation from Sheffield paying a visit to Mustansiriyah University to discuss studentships and other collaborations Career developments following the scholarships: *Mr Ali Al-Makhzomi's Visiting Scholarship at the University of Reading in Autumn 2018 led to employment on a Cultural Protection Fund project led by the University of Reading in the Iraq Museum. He is responsible for the Iraq part of the project, working in close coordination with Museum staff. *In 2019, 2018 Visiting Scholar & Grant recipient Dr Mohammed-Amin became a member of the UKRI's International Development Peer Review College *In 2019, 2019 Visiting Scholar Dr Maher Al-Helli was promoted to Professor of History at Mustansiriyah University *In 2019, 2019 Visiting Scholar Dr Alaa Hamdon was promoted to Director of the Remote Sensing Unit at Mosul University *At the end of this reporting period, Dr Rozhen Mohammed-Amin became a member of the Network's Management Committee Four Visiting Scholars were selected in February 2018 and a further four in August. The first two came to the UK for 2-month placements in 2018, the remainder arrived in 2019: * Dr Rozhen Mohammed, an architect and urban planner and head of the Digital Cultural Heritage Research Group at Sulaimani Polytechnic University, collaborating with the EMOTIVE project at Glasgow University to develop research on a storytelling project for the Slemani Museum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. * Mr Ali al-Makhzomi, who runs the Bil Weekend tour group in Iraq, to research the development of a web-based application on tourism in Iraq. * Dr Alaa Hamdon, of the Remote Sensing Unit at the University of Mosul, to develop a community management plan for the Daesh-damaged heritage site of Hatra. * Mr Mohammed Jasim Aal-Hajiahmed, director of Mosul University Libraries, hosted by the British Library, to work on a management plan for Mosul University Libraries. * Professor Nasser Jassem, the director of the University of Mosul's Orientalism Unit, based at University College London to research the history of British Orientalism in Iraq. * Dr Maher Al-Helli, of the History Department of Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad, at Sheffield University, to develop university teaching skills for the effective study of history * Dr Olcay Muslu-Gardner, Assistant Professor at the Mustafa Kemal Hatay University, Turkey, hosted by SOAS, University of London, to identify dimensions of sustainability for traditional music in the region of Sanlurfa, Turkey * Dr Mustafa Dogan, Associate Professor at Batman University, Turkey, hosted by the Archaeology Department, University of Reading, to research the role of eco-museums in cultural heritage and sustainable development Early in 2020, 2 more scholars from the early rounds arrived in the UK: * Dr Ali Naji of the University of Kufa, hosted by the Bartlett, University College London, to research the role of intangible cultural heritage in the revival of Najaf's tangible heritage * Mr Sadiq Khalil of the Iraqi Prime Minister's Office, hosted by Kingston University, to build effective advocacy through case-study analysis of Iraqi religious and non-religious heritage in crisis For the remainder of 2020, we will be looking forward to the visits of: * Mr Shazad Jaseem Tofiq, of the Directorate of Antiquities of Sulaimaniyah, hosted by the Ashmolean * Dr Laith Hussein, of Baghdad University, hosted at UCL * Dr Lina Tahan, of the Lebanese University, hosted at the Cambridge Research Centre
Start Year 2017
 
Description Visiting scholarships 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The project co-ordinates and funds a Visiting Scholarships scheme for researchers from Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, and Turkey in the sustainable development of heritage, history and the humanities, in conjunction with these four Learned Societies. Network Co-ordinator Dr Mehiyar Kathem heads the scheme. Together with our London administrator he co-ordinates and services six-monthly application rounds, selection committees, and promotional media for the scheme, and of the scholars on placement. In 2018 the Visiting Scholarships scheme was only open to Iraqi applicants but from 2019 applicants from all four countries are eligible.
Collaborator Contribution The four learned societies promote the Visiting Scholars scheme amongst their own audiences, attend the six-monthly selection committees to give expert advice on appointable candidates for the project's Management Committee, and manage the successful scholars' placements, as appropriate. They also promote the project's other activities, events and funding opportunities, and provide region-specific advice on request. The UK museums, archives, libraries and universities, etc. have all acted, or have agreed to act in future as hosts for our Visiting Scholars.
Impact Expanding the scheme to Iran, Lebanon and Turkey enabled us to fund a further six Visiting Scholarships in the 12 months covered by this reporting period: three from Iraq, two from Turkey and one from Lebanon. Four Visiting Scholars were hosted at UK institutions during this time, working across the full range of our remit: Dr Alaa Hamdon (Mosul University) at the University of Oxford on remote sensing of war-damaged heritage sites and supporting local communities; Dr Maher al-Helli (Mustansiriyah University) at the University of Sheffield on developing university history teaching; Dr Olcay Muslu Gardner (Mustafa Kemal Hatay University) at SOAS on Turkish heritage music; and Mr Mohammed Jasim (Mosul University) at the British Library on post-conflict university library management. As we highlighted in our original funding application, Iraq's universities have suffered for many decades now from continuing academic isolation. Our Visiting Scholars scheme was designed to help individual researchers forge meaningful links with UK host institutions but in many cases, they are also proving to be gateways to larger-scale inter-university relationships. For instance: Dr Alaa Hamdon's VS at the University of Oxford in February-March 2019 led to two return visits to the UK that summer with the newly appointed President of Mosul University to explore possible collaborations with the universities of Bradford, Liverpool and Newcastle Dr Maher Al-Helli's VS at the University of Sheffield in April-May 2019 led to a senior delegation from Sheffield paying a visit to Mustansiriyah University to discuss studentships and other collaborations Career developments following the scholarships: *Mr Ali Al-Makhzomi's Visiting Scholarship at the University of Reading in Autumn 2018 led to employment on a Cultural Protection Fund project led by the University of Reading in the Iraq Museum. He is responsible for the Iraq part of the project, working in close coordination with Museum staff. *In 2019, 2018 Visiting Scholar & Grant recipient Dr Mohammed-Amin became a member of the UKRI's International Development Peer Review College *In 2019, 2019 Visiting Scholar Dr Maher Al-Helli was promoted to Professor of History at Mustansiriyah University *In 2019, 2019 Visiting Scholar Dr Alaa Hamdon was promoted to Director of the Remote Sensing Unit at Mosul University *At the end of this reporting period, Dr Rozhen Mohammed-Amin became a member of the Network's Management Committee Four Visiting Scholars were selected in February 2018 and a further four in August. The first two came to the UK for 2-month placements in 2018, the remainder arrived in 2019: * Dr Rozhen Mohammed, an architect and urban planner and head of the Digital Cultural Heritage Research Group at Sulaimani Polytechnic University, collaborating with the EMOTIVE project at Glasgow University to develop research on a storytelling project for the Slemani Museum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. * Mr Ali al-Makhzomi, who runs the Bil Weekend tour group in Iraq, to research the development of a web-based application on tourism in Iraq. * Dr Alaa Hamdon, of the Remote Sensing Unit at the University of Mosul, to develop a community management plan for the Daesh-damaged heritage site of Hatra. * Mr Mohammed Jasim Aal-Hajiahmed, director of Mosul University Libraries, hosted by the British Library, to work on a management plan for Mosul University Libraries. * Professor Nasser Jassem, the director of the University of Mosul's Orientalism Unit, based at University College London to research the history of British Orientalism in Iraq. * Dr Maher Al-Helli, of the History Department of Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad, at Sheffield University, to develop university teaching skills for the effective study of history * Dr Olcay Muslu-Gardner, Assistant Professor at the Mustafa Kemal Hatay University, Turkey, hosted by SOAS, University of London, to identify dimensions of sustainability for traditional music in the region of Sanlurfa, Turkey * Dr Mustafa Dogan, Associate Professor at Batman University, Turkey, hosted by the Archaeology Department, University of Reading, to research the role of eco-museums in cultural heritage and sustainable development Early in 2020, 2 more scholars from the early rounds arrived in the UK: * Dr Ali Naji of the University of Kufa, hosted by the Bartlett, University College London, to research the role of intangible cultural heritage in the revival of Najaf's tangible heritage * Mr Sadiq Khalil of the Iraqi Prime Minister's Office, hosted by Kingston University, to build effective advocacy through case-study analysis of Iraqi religious and non-religious heritage in crisis For the remainder of 2020, we will be looking forward to the visits of: * Mr Shazad Jaseem Tofiq, of the Directorate of Antiquities of Sulaimaniyah, hosted by the Ashmolean * Dr Laith Hussein, of Baghdad University, hosted at UCL * Dr Lina Tahan, of the Lebanese University, hosted at the Cambridge Research Centre
Start Year 2017
 
Description Visiting scholarships 
Organisation University of Oxford
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The project co-ordinates and funds a Visiting Scholarships scheme for researchers from Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, and Turkey in the sustainable development of heritage, history and the humanities, in conjunction with these four Learned Societies. Network Co-ordinator Dr Mehiyar Kathem heads the scheme. Together with our London administrator he co-ordinates and services six-monthly application rounds, selection committees, and promotional media for the scheme, and of the scholars on placement. In 2018 the Visiting Scholarships scheme was only open to Iraqi applicants but from 2019 applicants from all four countries are eligible.
Collaborator Contribution The four learned societies promote the Visiting Scholars scheme amongst their own audiences, attend the six-monthly selection committees to give expert advice on appointable candidates for the project's Management Committee, and manage the successful scholars' placements, as appropriate. They also promote the project's other activities, events and funding opportunities, and provide region-specific advice on request. The UK museums, archives, libraries and universities, etc. have all acted, or have agreed to act in future as hosts for our Visiting Scholars.
Impact Expanding the scheme to Iran, Lebanon and Turkey enabled us to fund a further six Visiting Scholarships in the 12 months covered by this reporting period: three from Iraq, two from Turkey and one from Lebanon. Four Visiting Scholars were hosted at UK institutions during this time, working across the full range of our remit: Dr Alaa Hamdon (Mosul University) at the University of Oxford on remote sensing of war-damaged heritage sites and supporting local communities; Dr Maher al-Helli (Mustansiriyah University) at the University of Sheffield on developing university history teaching; Dr Olcay Muslu Gardner (Mustafa Kemal Hatay University) at SOAS on Turkish heritage music; and Mr Mohammed Jasim (Mosul University) at the British Library on post-conflict university library management. As we highlighted in our original funding application, Iraq's universities have suffered for many decades now from continuing academic isolation. Our Visiting Scholars scheme was designed to help individual researchers forge meaningful links with UK host institutions but in many cases, they are also proving to be gateways to larger-scale inter-university relationships. For instance: Dr Alaa Hamdon's VS at the University of Oxford in February-March 2019 led to two return visits to the UK that summer with the newly appointed President of Mosul University to explore possible collaborations with the universities of Bradford, Liverpool and Newcastle Dr Maher Al-Helli's VS at the University of Sheffield in April-May 2019 led to a senior delegation from Sheffield paying a visit to Mustansiriyah University to discuss studentships and other collaborations Career developments following the scholarships: *Mr Ali Al-Makhzomi's Visiting Scholarship at the University of Reading in Autumn 2018 led to employment on a Cultural Protection Fund project led by the University of Reading in the Iraq Museum. He is responsible for the Iraq part of the project, working in close coordination with Museum staff. *In 2019, 2018 Visiting Scholar & Grant recipient Dr Mohammed-Amin became a member of the UKRI's International Development Peer Review College *In 2019, 2019 Visiting Scholar Dr Maher Al-Helli was promoted to Professor of History at Mustansiriyah University *In 2019, 2019 Visiting Scholar Dr Alaa Hamdon was promoted to Director of the Remote Sensing Unit at Mosul University *At the end of this reporting period, Dr Rozhen Mohammed-Amin became a member of the Network's Management Committee Four Visiting Scholars were selected in February 2018 and a further four in August. The first two came to the UK for 2-month placements in 2018, the remainder arrived in 2019: * Dr Rozhen Mohammed, an architect and urban planner and head of the Digital Cultural Heritage Research Group at Sulaimani Polytechnic University, collaborating with the EMOTIVE project at Glasgow University to develop research on a storytelling project for the Slemani Museum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. * Mr Ali al-Makhzomi, who runs the Bil Weekend tour group in Iraq, to research the development of a web-based application on tourism in Iraq. * Dr Alaa Hamdon, of the Remote Sensing Unit at the University of Mosul, to develop a community management plan for the Daesh-damaged heritage site of Hatra. * Mr Mohammed Jasim Aal-Hajiahmed, director of Mosul University Libraries, hosted by the British Library, to work on a management plan for Mosul University Libraries. * Professor Nasser Jassem, the director of the University of Mosul's Orientalism Unit, based at University College London to research the history of British Orientalism in Iraq. * Dr Maher Al-Helli, of the History Department of Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad, at Sheffield University, to develop university teaching skills for the effective study of history * Dr Olcay Muslu-Gardner, Assistant Professor at the Mustafa Kemal Hatay University, Turkey, hosted by SOAS, University of London, to identify dimensions of sustainability for traditional music in the region of Sanlurfa, Turkey * Dr Mustafa Dogan, Associate Professor at Batman University, Turkey, hosted by the Archaeology Department, University of Reading, to research the role of eco-museums in cultural heritage and sustainable development Early in 2020, 2 more scholars from the early rounds arrived in the UK: * Dr Ali Naji of the University of Kufa, hosted by the Bartlett, University College London, to research the role of intangible cultural heritage in the revival of Najaf's tangible heritage * Mr Sadiq Khalil of the Iraqi Prime Minister's Office, hosted by Kingston University, to build effective advocacy through case-study analysis of Iraqi religious and non-religious heritage in crisis For the remainder of 2020, we will be looking forward to the visits of: * Mr Shazad Jaseem Tofiq, of the Directorate of Antiquities of Sulaimaniyah, hosted by the Ashmolean * Dr Laith Hussein, of Baghdad University, hosted at UCL * Dr Lina Tahan, of the Lebanese University, hosted at the Cambridge Research Centre
Start Year 2017
 
Description Visiting scholarships 
Organisation University of Reading
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The project co-ordinates and funds a Visiting Scholarships scheme for researchers from Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, and Turkey in the sustainable development of heritage, history and the humanities, in conjunction with these four Learned Societies. Network Co-ordinator Dr Mehiyar Kathem heads the scheme. Together with our London administrator he co-ordinates and services six-monthly application rounds, selection committees, and promotional media for the scheme, and of the scholars on placement. In 2018 the Visiting Scholarships scheme was only open to Iraqi applicants but from 2019 applicants from all four countries are eligible.
Collaborator Contribution The four learned societies promote the Visiting Scholars scheme amongst their own audiences, attend the six-monthly selection committees to give expert advice on appointable candidates for the project's Management Committee, and manage the successful scholars' placements, as appropriate. They also promote the project's other activities, events and funding opportunities, and provide region-specific advice on request. The UK museums, archives, libraries and universities, etc. have all acted, or have agreed to act in future as hosts for our Visiting Scholars.
Impact Expanding the scheme to Iran, Lebanon and Turkey enabled us to fund a further six Visiting Scholarships in the 12 months covered by this reporting period: three from Iraq, two from Turkey and one from Lebanon. Four Visiting Scholars were hosted at UK institutions during this time, working across the full range of our remit: Dr Alaa Hamdon (Mosul University) at the University of Oxford on remote sensing of war-damaged heritage sites and supporting local communities; Dr Maher al-Helli (Mustansiriyah University) at the University of Sheffield on developing university history teaching; Dr Olcay Muslu Gardner (Mustafa Kemal Hatay University) at SOAS on Turkish heritage music; and Mr Mohammed Jasim (Mosul University) at the British Library on post-conflict university library management. As we highlighted in our original funding application, Iraq's universities have suffered for many decades now from continuing academic isolation. Our Visiting Scholars scheme was designed to help individual researchers forge meaningful links with UK host institutions but in many cases, they are also proving to be gateways to larger-scale inter-university relationships. For instance: Dr Alaa Hamdon's VS at the University of Oxford in February-March 2019 led to two return visits to the UK that summer with the newly appointed President of Mosul University to explore possible collaborations with the universities of Bradford, Liverpool and Newcastle Dr Maher Al-Helli's VS at the University of Sheffield in April-May 2019 led to a senior delegation from Sheffield paying a visit to Mustansiriyah University to discuss studentships and other collaborations Career developments following the scholarships: *Mr Ali Al-Makhzomi's Visiting Scholarship at the University of Reading in Autumn 2018 led to employment on a Cultural Protection Fund project led by the University of Reading in the Iraq Museum. He is responsible for the Iraq part of the project, working in close coordination with Museum staff. *In 2019, 2018 Visiting Scholar & Grant recipient Dr Mohammed-Amin became a member of the UKRI's International Development Peer Review College *In 2019, 2019 Visiting Scholar Dr Maher Al-Helli was promoted to Professor of History at Mustansiriyah University *In 2019, 2019 Visiting Scholar Dr Alaa Hamdon was promoted to Director of the Remote Sensing Unit at Mosul University *At the end of this reporting period, Dr Rozhen Mohammed-Amin became a member of the Network's Management Committee Four Visiting Scholars were selected in February 2018 and a further four in August. The first two came to the UK for 2-month placements in 2018, the remainder arrived in 2019: * Dr Rozhen Mohammed, an architect and urban planner and head of the Digital Cultural Heritage Research Group at Sulaimani Polytechnic University, collaborating with the EMOTIVE project at Glasgow University to develop research on a storytelling project for the Slemani Museum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. * Mr Ali al-Makhzomi, who runs the Bil Weekend tour group in Iraq, to research the development of a web-based application on tourism in Iraq. * Dr Alaa Hamdon, of the Remote Sensing Unit at the University of Mosul, to develop a community management plan for the Daesh-damaged heritage site of Hatra. * Mr Mohammed Jasim Aal-Hajiahmed, director of Mosul University Libraries, hosted by the British Library, to work on a management plan for Mosul University Libraries. * Professor Nasser Jassem, the director of the University of Mosul's Orientalism Unit, based at University College London to research the history of British Orientalism in Iraq. * Dr Maher Al-Helli, of the History Department of Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad, at Sheffield University, to develop university teaching skills for the effective study of history * Dr Olcay Muslu-Gardner, Assistant Professor at the Mustafa Kemal Hatay University, Turkey, hosted by SOAS, University of London, to identify dimensions of sustainability for traditional music in the region of Sanlurfa, Turkey * Dr Mustafa Dogan, Associate Professor at Batman University, Turkey, hosted by the Archaeology Department, University of Reading, to research the role of eco-museums in cultural heritage and sustainable development Early in 2020, 2 more scholars from the early rounds arrived in the UK: * Dr Ali Naji of the University of Kufa, hosted by the Bartlett, University College London, to research the role of intangible cultural heritage in the revival of Najaf's tangible heritage * Mr Sadiq Khalil of the Iraqi Prime Minister's Office, hosted by Kingston University, to build effective advocacy through case-study analysis of Iraqi religious and non-religious heritage in crisis For the remainder of 2020, we will be looking forward to the visits of: * Mr Shazad Jaseem Tofiq, of the Directorate of Antiquities of Sulaimaniyah, hosted by the Ashmolean * Dr Laith Hussein, of Baghdad University, hosted at UCL * Dr Lina Tahan, of the Lebanese University, hosted at the Cambridge Research Centre
Start Year 2017
 
Description Visiting scholarships 
Organisation University of Sheffield
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The project co-ordinates and funds a Visiting Scholarships scheme for researchers from Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, and Turkey in the sustainable development of heritage, history and the humanities, in conjunction with these four Learned Societies. Network Co-ordinator Dr Mehiyar Kathem heads the scheme. Together with our London administrator he co-ordinates and services six-monthly application rounds, selection committees, and promotional media for the scheme, and of the scholars on placement. In 2018 the Visiting Scholarships scheme was only open to Iraqi applicants but from 2019 applicants from all four countries are eligible.
Collaborator Contribution The four learned societies promote the Visiting Scholars scheme amongst their own audiences, attend the six-monthly selection committees to give expert advice on appointable candidates for the project's Management Committee, and manage the successful scholars' placements, as appropriate. They also promote the project's other activities, events and funding opportunities, and provide region-specific advice on request. The UK museums, archives, libraries and universities, etc. have all acted, or have agreed to act in future as hosts for our Visiting Scholars.
Impact Expanding the scheme to Iran, Lebanon and Turkey enabled us to fund a further six Visiting Scholarships in the 12 months covered by this reporting period: three from Iraq, two from Turkey and one from Lebanon. Four Visiting Scholars were hosted at UK institutions during this time, working across the full range of our remit: Dr Alaa Hamdon (Mosul University) at the University of Oxford on remote sensing of war-damaged heritage sites and supporting local communities; Dr Maher al-Helli (Mustansiriyah University) at the University of Sheffield on developing university history teaching; Dr Olcay Muslu Gardner (Mustafa Kemal Hatay University) at SOAS on Turkish heritage music; and Mr Mohammed Jasim (Mosul University) at the British Library on post-conflict university library management. As we highlighted in our original funding application, Iraq's universities have suffered for many decades now from continuing academic isolation. Our Visiting Scholars scheme was designed to help individual researchers forge meaningful links with UK host institutions but in many cases, they are also proving to be gateways to larger-scale inter-university relationships. For instance: Dr Alaa Hamdon's VS at the University of Oxford in February-March 2019 led to two return visits to the UK that summer with the newly appointed President of Mosul University to explore possible collaborations with the universities of Bradford, Liverpool and Newcastle Dr Maher Al-Helli's VS at the University of Sheffield in April-May 2019 led to a senior delegation from Sheffield paying a visit to Mustansiriyah University to discuss studentships and other collaborations Career developments following the scholarships: *Mr Ali Al-Makhzomi's Visiting Scholarship at the University of Reading in Autumn 2018 led to employment on a Cultural Protection Fund project led by the University of Reading in the Iraq Museum. He is responsible for the Iraq part of the project, working in close coordination with Museum staff. *In 2019, 2018 Visiting Scholar & Grant recipient Dr Mohammed-Amin became a member of the UKRI's International Development Peer Review College *In 2019, 2019 Visiting Scholar Dr Maher Al-Helli was promoted to Professor of History at Mustansiriyah University *In 2019, 2019 Visiting Scholar Dr Alaa Hamdon was promoted to Director of the Remote Sensing Unit at Mosul University *At the end of this reporting period, Dr Rozhen Mohammed-Amin became a member of the Network's Management Committee Four Visiting Scholars were selected in February 2018 and a further four in August. The first two came to the UK for 2-month placements in 2018, the remainder arrived in 2019: * Dr Rozhen Mohammed, an architect and urban planner and head of the Digital Cultural Heritage Research Group at Sulaimani Polytechnic University, collaborating with the EMOTIVE project at Glasgow University to develop research on a storytelling project for the Slemani Museum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. * Mr Ali al-Makhzomi, who runs the Bil Weekend tour group in Iraq, to research the development of a web-based application on tourism in Iraq. * Dr Alaa Hamdon, of the Remote Sensing Unit at the University of Mosul, to develop a community management plan for the Daesh-damaged heritage site of Hatra. * Mr Mohammed Jasim Aal-Hajiahmed, director of Mosul University Libraries, hosted by the British Library, to work on a management plan for Mosul University Libraries. * Professor Nasser Jassem, the director of the University of Mosul's Orientalism Unit, based at University College London to research the history of British Orientalism in Iraq. * Dr Maher Al-Helli, of the History Department of Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad, at Sheffield University, to develop university teaching skills for the effective study of history * Dr Olcay Muslu-Gardner, Assistant Professor at the Mustafa Kemal Hatay University, Turkey, hosted by SOAS, University of London, to identify dimensions of sustainability for traditional music in the region of Sanlurfa, Turkey * Dr Mustafa Dogan, Associate Professor at Batman University, Turkey, hosted by the Archaeology Department, University of Reading, to research the role of eco-museums in cultural heritage and sustainable development Early in 2020, 2 more scholars from the early rounds arrived in the UK: * Dr Ali Naji of the University of Kufa, hosted by the Bartlett, University College London, to research the role of intangible cultural heritage in the revival of Najaf's tangible heritage * Mr Sadiq Khalil of the Iraqi Prime Minister's Office, hosted by Kingston University, to build effective advocacy through case-study analysis of Iraqi religious and non-religious heritage in crisis For the remainder of 2020, we will be looking forward to the visits of: * Mr Shazad Jaseem Tofiq, of the Directorate of Antiquities of Sulaimaniyah, hosted by the Ashmolean * Dr Laith Hussein, of Baghdad University, hosted at UCL * Dr Lina Tahan, of the Lebanese University, hosted at the Cambridge Research Centre
Start Year 2017
 
Title Bidirectional script functionality in Nammu cuneiform text editor 
Description Nammu is a multi-platform desktop GUI that enables Assyriologists to edit, check and upload lemmatised transliterations and translations of cuneiform texts in multiple ancient Middle Eastern languages. It designed for contributors to the Open Richly Annotated Cuneiform Corpus (oracc.org). Oracc is a field-leading international cooperative which provides facilities and support for the creation of free online editions of cuneiform texts and educational 'portal' websites about ancient cuneiform culture. It comprises a workspace and toolkit for the development of a complete corpus of cuneiform sources ,whose rich annotation and open licensing support the next generation of scholarly research. Its goal is to provide standards-based, well-documented resources that are as simple, flexible and adaptable to user needs as possible, and supported by free server space, backup, and personal contact with Oracc liaison staff. In development since 2010, Oracc now comprises over 85,000 text editions amounting to nearly 15 million words, plus around 3000 educational content pages totalling over 2 million words. The major contribution to the development of this software under this project is to add bidirectional script functionality, enabling translations to be produced in modern Middle Eastern languages such as Arabic, Kurdish and Farsi. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2019 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact A key goal of the Nahrein Network is to reduce Middle Eastern academics' international isolation, identified by Network partner UNESCO Iraq as an urgent matter of cross-cutting concern. Another is to research locally appropriate ways to train the next generation of academics in ancient Middle Eastern history, cultural heritage, and related fields. A third is to help local audiences make meaning of local heritage, in local languages and local contexts. In the Middle East, access to traditional print media is often prohibitively expensive or practically challenging in other ways, but almost everyone uses smartphones and other handheld devices, every day. Open-access, reusable online outputs are therefore a natural solution to increasing the accessibility of academic research, pedagogical materials, and resources for interested publics. When completed, this work on Nammu will enable Middle Eastern researchers to contribute to the international, discipline-standard Oracc platform in their own languages, for local users, to address many of the challenges articulated above. 
URL https://github.com/oracc/nammu
 
Description OCHRE - Current Issues in Cultural Heritage in Iraq 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The project team held an online workshop featuring presentations from Mwafak Weissi Mahmoud ("Cultural diversity in Iraq - differences and harmony"), Jalila Marzina Ephrem ("The cultural heritage of the Christians of Nineveh") and Kheder Doomli (The Yazidi heritage in Nineveh, paths of protection and identification")
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invasion, Kurdish Culture and Human Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Rozhen Mohamad Amin gave a seminar at her University. The seminar was attended by local academics, professionals and third sector organisations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.facebook.com/555072918266976/posts/1077260319381564/
 
Description "Multaka" Museum Touring in Arabic Workshop University of Oxford - Ali Al-Makhzomy VS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This project trained volunteers to create Arabic tours across four museums in the city. Multaka is Arabic for "meeting point". The aim of the Oxford and Berlin projects is to create places where people can meet and share their experience, knowledge and skills to improve understanding and engagement with the collections, whilst also supporting people to build confidence, gain work experience and support community integration.
I participated as guest and I didn't expected to have as many as benefits that I got when I participated in Multaka Project. I developed my skills and knowledge when I practiced as a tour guide in the museum. In Iraq I work as a tour operator and practiced the tour guiding but I gained a lot new and and detailed information from Oxford especially at one of the Oxford University Museums - The History of Science Museum. It was very nice experience and opportunity for me to be in Oxford and to meet the director of museum and to speak about objects from Baghdad as well as to discuss the development of infrastructure in heritage sites and museums in Iraq.
Reached 10 tour guides in Iraq working with me in Iraq, 20 people with me in the training program in Oxford and many Media coverage and general public in the UK.
It can be described as change of policy in my project in Iraq developing the tour operation from a tour guide perspective which means many future plans regarding the engagement of people and the participants in our tours.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://hsm.ox.ac.uk/multaka-oxford
 
Description (G)hosting: a conversation with Michael Rakowitz, Whitechapel Gallery, London, July 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In June-August 2019 the Whitechapel Gallery hosted an exhibition of work by the renowned Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz, including many of his artistic responses to the destruction fo cultural heritage in Iraq. At this public event, Rakowitz, Professor Eleanor Robson, and Gareth Brereton of the British Museum held discussions exploring concepts of history and narrative, cultural heritage and appropriation, postcolonial displacements and the rehabilitation of archaeological sites in Iraq.

Some 60 members of the public were in the audience, and many reported a richer understanding of the role of Iraqi expertise in cultural heritage work (including members of the Nahrein Network) as a result of the afternoon.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.whitechapelgallery.org/events/michael-rakowitz-ghosting/
 
Description 2. 1st International Conference on the Enhancement of the Archaeological Heritage in Iraq, University of Kufa, Iraq. Dr P Collins, Lecture: The Nahrein Network; encouraging sustainable development of antiquity and cultural heritage 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Description, Purpose and Outcomes/Impacts: lecture/dissemination of information/public engagement/engagement with potential researchers and partners
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description 4. UK Defence Academy Advanced Command and Staff Course, Ashmolean Museum. Dr P Collins Lecture: The Nahrein Network; encouraging sustainable development of antiquity and cultural heritage 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Description, Purpose and Outcomes/Impacts: lecture/dissemination of information/engagement with potential partners
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description A Cultural Heritage Network for the Kurdistan Region - Project opening 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In order to publicize the Nahrein-funded CHN project, encourage networking, and gaining support, we added an opening ceremony, announcement, and press release to the originally planned as a round-table consultation meeting for identifying and prioritizing regional cultural heritage research themes for CHN project. In addition to local stakeholders across the region, we also invited foreign delegates in Kurdistan Region of Iraq. A total of 100 people attended the opening ceremony and project announcement. Through a paper-based survey, we consulted the attendees on selecting and prioritizing 5 most important cultural heritage research themes to be undertaken during the funded life of the project. As this was a high-profile announcement, several regional media covered the event. The event resulted in informing about the existence of the project which primary focuses on networking.

Impressed by the project objectives and scope, during the project announcement the Director General of Culture offered CHN offices for its events in the iconic historic building of Sarai in the city center of Sulaimani city, the cultural capital of Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The post-event written feedback suggests a high level of interest in and support for the project by the attendees. The event also promises developing new collaboration and partnership even by those who could not attend the event due to their circumstances or heard about the project from the invitations and/or media. We received and still receive emails and calls from local and international organizations expressing interest in collaborating with us.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.spu.edu.iq/ku/12697?fbclid=IwAR1ze51AnbCvqtuLOyRuHKwjnStMOkPE1ysB2mwRudjQM2vJaIZ-kU7DURk
 
Description AHRC Heritage and Global Challenges workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact AHRC Heritage Priority Area ran a day-long workshop at the British Academy for potential applicants to GCRF funding schemes on heritage-related projects. PI Eleanor Robson contributed to the session on Strengthening capacity for challenge-led heritage research in the UK and developing countries with a presentation on the lessons learned from her experience of the Network + application process.

Eleanor aimed to demystify the GCRF application process, and many audience members reported that she had done so. She also disseminated information about the Nahrein Network's own funding schemes, which led directly to at least three applications to our devolved funding scheme, one of which was successful.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://heritage-research.org/events/heritage-global-challenges-workshop/
 
Description An Interview with Dr Hossam Mahdy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Nahrein Network spoke with Dr Hossam Mahdy, conservation architect, who is working to rethink and reform the ways in which conservation activity is pursued in the Middle East. Dr Mahdy speaks about the significance of community and intangible cultural heritage to sustainability and cultural continuity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://soundcloud.com/nahreinnetwork/hossam
 
Description An interview with Dr Ali Naji 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Nahrein Network interviews scholarship awardee, Dr Ali Naji.
Ali completed a Nahrein Network - British Institute for the Study of Iraq (BISI)scholarship at University College London.
In this podcast Ali speaks about heritage challenges in Najaf and Kufa in Iraq and his research at Kufa University into the connections between tangible and intangible heritage in the country.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://soundcloud.com/nahreinnetwork/an-interview-with-dr-ali-naji
 
Description An interview with Mr Dlshad A. Mutalb of the Directorate of Antiquities, Soran, Erbil 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The Nahrein Network had the pleasure of interviewing Mr Dlshad A. Mutalb, heritage manager of the Directorate of Antiquities in Soran, in Iraqi Kurdistan, who completed a scholarship at Cambridge University under the support and supervision of Professor Graeme Barker. Dlshad speaks about Northern Iraq's important neanderthal site, Shanidar Cave.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://soundcloud.com/nahreinnetwork/interview-with-mr-dlshad-a-mutalb-of-the-directorate-of-antiqu...
 
Description An interview with Professor Nasser Jassem - University of Mosul 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An interview with Professor Nasser Jassem of the University of Mosul.
Professor Nasser Jassem, previous head of Mosul University Library (2003-2011) and former director of the Unit for the Study of Orientalism, completed a scholarship at University College London in 2019.
Professor NasserJassem speaks about Edward Said and Orientalism, the future of scholarship in Iraq and life under the Islamic State in Mosul.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://soundcloud.com/nahreinnetwork/nasserjassem
 
Description An interview with Sir Terence Clark as Chairman of the Friends of Basrah Museum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Sir Terence Clark, former British Ambassador to Iraq and until recently, chair of the Friends of Basrah Museum, spoke about his work in establishing the Basrah Museum.

To learn more about the Friends of Basrah Museum and its work, go to:

friendsofbasrahmuseum.org.uk/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/nahrein/podcasts
 
Description Ancient Egypt and Middle East Society, Lincoln. Dr P Collins Lecture: Telling Stories in Basra: a new museum for Iraq 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Description, Purpose and Outcomes/Impacts: lecture/dissemination of information/public engagement
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Ashmolean Museum Public Research Seminar: Dr P Collins "New Ancient History Research for Iraq and its Neighbours" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Description, Purpose and Outcomes/Impacts: public talk/dissemination of information/public engagement/engagement with potential partners
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Babylon: modern heritage site or ancient ruin? - Media exposure 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Media exposure overview:
Interviews on Iraqi TV, social media activity
Indirectly via TV = c.3 million; indirectly via twitter = c400 (personal accounts of team members, both Iraqi and UK, and University of Leicester account)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Babylon: modern heritage site or ancient ruin? - Initial scoping meeting on site 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The purpose of these meetings was to discuss the aims and methods of the project, begin training in the three main methodological approaches, and hold open discussions at the University of Babylon. We met with key figures for the project, e.g. the newly elected Governor of Babil District and the Director of Babylon site, with some extremely useful and supportive discussion around the project, including steps to encourage female staff and students to take part in the project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Babylon: modern heritage site or ancient ruin? - Small group training in satellite imagery, buildings analysis and heritage interviews 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Students were introduced to the basic concepts and principles of satellite imagery analysis and standing buildings analysis. The aim of this training was to provide an introduction that would be then be consolidated in the planned November 2019 fieldwork. We also developed the first set of interview questionnaires for the heritage strand, and had interesting discussions around bias and received wisdom in heritage and oral interview work.
This project contributes to the development of heritage in Iraq in two main ways: firstly, by providing training in three methods for heritage recording and management (standing buildings analysis, satellite imagery analysis, heritage understandings and interview analysis) and secondly by collecting and analysing new data (on the central palace at Babylon, on changes to the site of Babylon in the last 5-60 years, and heritage understandings of Babylon)
Staff and students from the Universities of Babylon and Leicester will benefit from the work through training and knowledge exchange. Staff from the local government Dept of Archaeology and staff from the NGO (IOCNH) will benefit from training, and in turn, share their knowledge with the staff and students from the universities. We will all benefit from listening to the different local communities through the heritage interviews and open discussions.
The student body comprised equal numbers of male and female (self-identifying) students; each of the training strands was led by a female (UK) academic, offering positive female role models.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Babylonian lions made of bricks during the period of Nebuchadnezzar II 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The online symposium was organised in cooperation with the University of Misan was also about the heritage of Maysan, was held on Thursday, 13-8-2020 via ZOOM. The keynote speaker was Dr Elizabeth Knott from Yale University. The international participants included academics, professionals, and students from the departments of History in several universities of Iraq as well as international universities. 87 people attended.
The aim of this seminar was to showcase the Babylonian lions and the shrine in religious, historical and archaeological context with particular reference to the interpretation, analysis, and translation of the Hebrew primary sources.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.facebook.com/educationcollege1/posts/2914364792123994/
 
Description British Association of Near East Archaeology Annual Conference - University of Liverpool 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Mehiyar Kathem presented a paper on state-access infrastructures, a concept used to better understand how heritage is used in politics and by politicians.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description CHN - Training Workshops Series 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The webinars covered themes such as:
When Digital Technologies Meet Cultural Heritage
Challenges in 3D Modeling of Historic Buildings and Archaeological Site
Introduction to Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning
Fort Conger, Laser Scanning to the Rescue
Land Use Bylaws and Cities
Activating Museums and Historic Sites with Augmented Reality Technology
The "Holistic Sustainable City Planning: Opportunities for fostering Mental and Physical Wellness" Webinar
The "Digitization and Preservation of Library Collection" Webinar

More details available at:

https://www.facebook.com/DigitalCulturalHeritage.DCH/videos/2766645300248183/
"https://www.facebook.com/DigitalCulturalHeritage.DCH/videos/675110346472159/
http://www.spu.edu.iq/ku/20956"
https://www.facebook.com/DigitalCulturalHeritage.DCH/videos/294301485278831/
https://www.facebook.com/DigitalCulturalHeritage.DCH/videos/381921806414790/
https://www.facebook.com/DigitalCulturalHeritage.DCH/videos/260652478729071/
https://drive.google.com/drive/u/2/folders/1OYmMZFXyOitVbcXbo_Ml16cEU3mxV7yg
https://www.facebook.com/DigitalCulturalHeritage.DCH/videos/1622157594649215/?__cft__[0]=AZXm3gTmnQPaZKwEPuybt-MKVVh_93N19yBabjqn_P3mOAS8SN_5sRAeLdpZ6Evt8lBdTi07OEQ3n6etMsEBjoy2YfZ-J4AipQvaios-86DDdG3Cgh6CzrHTMe4YrXf_GWErr9Op1DdnGIL0ejjoHZEUQtCCrTOrQwsRKkTNbpB4POiwhUMgL47l3VPpuVomt-c&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R
https://www.facebook.com/DigitalCulturalHeritage.DCH/videos/1177515412704936/?__cft__[0]=AZVtmq-e82Wuz_y7O5wvfjCNrGjwTV8_LNRo9Tri__8vHjzkyGvuOEC1HRQvVwTAYDE4VFFE6FYdB2SbxU-V4FSggjeiElM46vrH-nj4lZSVqRBRV2GqCnKJGrjV5cGWGHBysoIl-Wc47cs3CMqNIApef3KLQh3BOtsFk0_ahn5sQ3TZ3J6agi2xBkUNniIyVYA&__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R

And reached audiences from Iraq, Yemen, USA, The Netherlands, Turkey, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, UAE, Egypt and Tunisia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Chatham House event on water and conflict in Iraq 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The event organised by Chatham House was focused on conflict and the water crisis in Iraq, where Nahrein Network members Professor Eleanor Robson and Dr Mehiyar Kathem participated in.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.chathamhouse.org/event/conflict-and-water-crisis-iraq?utm_source=Chatham%20House&utm_med...
 
Description Citizen science in conflict zones 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Online workshop titled "Citizen science in conflict zones" streamed on 10th Sept 20 to an audience of around 100 at the time, composed of citizen science practitioners, academics and enthusiasts and more thereafter once published on the conference YouTube channel
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.ecsa-conference.eu/programme
 
Description Colloquium on the sustainable development of cultural heritage and archaeology in Iraq, London February 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Eleanor Robson chaired a colloquium featuring presentations by two of the Nahrein Network's current Visiting Scholars: Dr Sadiq Khalil on heritage management in Iraq: a case study of Rasheed Street, Baghdad; and Dr Ali Naji or the role of cultural heritage in Najaf. The aim was to showcase the theories and approaches of two very thoughtful expert practitioners, to highlight the infrastructural and institutional challenges of meaningful work on the ground, and to propose solutions. A very mixed British-Iraqi audience of c.40 members of the general public, professional practitioners and students gave very considered and thoughtful responses in the discussion section. Lively conversation afterwards, at the reception and on social media, demonstrated a new-found respect for the richness of cultural heritage work happening in Iraq, led by Iraqi experts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Conference on Heritage and Archaeology: Symbol of Civilisation and National Identity, Karbala, iraq 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In November 2018, project PI Professor Eleanor Robson and Co-I Dr Paul Collins attended a large national conference in Karbala on the role of heritage and archaeology in Iraqi national identity. It was hosted by the Holy Shrine of Imam Hussein in Karbala Iraq. Dr Collins co-organised a workshop for Iraqi museum directors and staff (described elsewhere in this submission) and Professor Robson gave a plenary talk, introducing participants to the aims and practices of the Nahrein Network, under the theme "Iraqi ideas with British support".

As hoped, the talk generated a lot of interest in applying for the Network's visiting scholarships and grants funding scheme amongst Iraqi academics and cultural practitioners. It also helped them and policy-makers better understand the Network's vision and ethos.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Cross-Community Heritage Protection project - Meeting with local stakeholders 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Meeting with local stakeholders to present and discuss the research, and gain perspectives of locals on the changing state of the site (which cannot be named until the project is over). The meeting allowed for the engagements of locals in the research process.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Cross-Community Heritage Protection project - Meeting with the public committee for protecting antiquities and heritages in Iraq (NGO) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact A meeting with a local NGO concerned with protecting heritage in Iraq. Presented the research and encouraged the involvement of local stakeholders. Allowed for local buy in and awareness of the situation at the site concerned.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Cultural Heritage Network - "Writing Grant Applications & Project Management I" Training Course 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Cultural Heritage Network project staff members, academics and staff Digital Cultural Heritage research group, Research Center, Career & Development Center, Technical College of Engineering, Technical College of Informatics, and others at Sulaimani Polytechnic University attended the workshop to help improve their Writing Grant Applications & Project Management skills
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Cultural Heritage Network for Kurdistan workshop:"Inter-disciplinary approaches to the past: how archaeology can address important issues of today" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Raising awareness and sparking questions and discussions about the importance and role of archaeology, history, and heritage in solving today's problems across different disciplines.

Informing about CHN project and its "Pay it forward" program that encourages the participants to pass their newly gained knowledge and workshop experience to their peers. Several people already signed up tot the program. Developing new connections and networking among the participants from different fields in topics that they found out are shared among them.

In addition to high level of engagement and discussions during the workshops that we observed (which resulted with extending the time of the workshops), post-workshops written, and verbal feedback suggest a high increase in the participants' understanding, awareness, and connection for the topics with contemporary challenges and well-being of their communities. The feedback also shows high appreciation for the project and workshop topics to a degree that we received many requests for offering more of similar workshops and increasing the duration of the workshops.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.spu.edu.iq/ku/13167?fbclid=IwAR0uEg9IUSnPnGY8ZYVdsNdXjW5EXduyMaQ_zeP7BqrZ6dlwsWrCJFcQc3Q
 
Description Cultural Heritage Network in Kurdistan: Poster presentation at UKRI Global Engagement Meeting in Thailand 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact As part of my participation in UKRI's Global Engagement Meeting (as a member in the International Development Peer Review College), in the poster session, we were given an opportunity to introduce our research interest and ongoing projects to the other college members to encourage collaborations. I used the opportunity to talk about CHN (among my other projects). The after-presentation discussions and networking with interested delegates promise developing new collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.spu.edu.iq/ku/13180?fbclid=IwAR3v9ju91klWYa5YVj0GQDx4e4lpnsWsJTrEA4aQ6MAOGpPuVXnIQfdZzSc
 
Description Cultural Heritage in War-Torn Cities Focus Group (Iraqi Ministry of Culture) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Project Co-I Dr Saad Eskander ran a one-day focus group in Baghdad with the directors of 25 of the Iraqi Ministry of Culture's "cultural houses" in post-conflict cities such as Mosul, Falluja and Ramadi, sharing ideas about how to integrate heritage and culture into postconflict rebuilding, advocacy with local politicians, media and funders, and establishing a network of specialists.

An immediate outcome was a workshop, delivered the next week by Eskander, PI Eleanor Robson and postdoc Mehiyar Kathem on applying for project funding, in response to requests from focus group members. We haven't listed this event separately.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Culture Under Fire philosophy forum and podcast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Forum for Philosophy is a charity based at the London School of Economics which organises weekly debates on matters of topic interest, addressed from a philosophical perspective. In January 2018 PI Eleanor Robson was one of four panel members debating the ethics of protection of cultural property during armed conflict. Robson argued that the material infrastructure of heritage was only worth saving if similar investment was made in its local intellectual infrastructure, and gave examples from the Nahrein Network's work to support her point. The debate was released as a podcast later that week

There was a great deal of lively discussion from the audience, with many people expressing their appreciation that their views on the subject had been widened. The podcast is now on the "reading list" of the MA module in Heritage Ethics and Archaeological Practice in the Middle East and Mediterranean at UCL's Institute of Archaeology, for the MA in Critical Heritage Studies. This year the module is taken by nearly 30 students. Robson will be leading an MA discussion seminar based on the podcast in early March 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/theforum/culture-under-fire/
 
Description Developing Heritage Tourism in Iraq, Challenges and Opportunities - Reading University - Ali Al-Makhzomy VS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I presented about my project and how tourism can be sustainable in Iraq also I discussed my vision for enhancing cultural tourism in Iraq through engaging with archaeological sites and using technology such as creating contents online as well as using new applications and virtual reality platforms in museums or heritage sites.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://twitter.com/RASHID_Internat/status/1054709988659265536
 
Description Developing cultural projects with the Nahrein Network, The Station, Baghdad, March 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This interactive workshop, run by Dr Mehiyar Kathem and Professor Eleanor Robson with former grantees Dr Jaafar Jotheri and Mr Ali Al-Makhzomi, helped participants to develop grant proposals for cultural heritage work, including applications to the Network's own Visiting Scholars and Research Grants schemes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description EAMENA conference in Agadir, December 2019. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Mehiyar Kathem, Nahrein Co-ordinator, presented a paper on his current research on state-access infrastructures of heritage in Iraq. Dr Alaa Hamdoon, Nahrein-BisiVisiting Scholar awardee also presented his Nahrein-funded research project on Al Farouk Street in Old Mosul

Protecting the Past 2019, Agadir, Morocco, 10- 13 December 2019

The conference is jointly organised by the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA) project (Universities of Oxford, Leicester, and Durham), Global Heritage Fund (GHF), and the ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah. The conference is in partnership with Souss-Massa Region of Morocco, the University of Ibn Zohr, Institut National des Sciences de l'Archéologie et du Patrimoine (I.N.S.A.P.), and Centre of Jacques-Berque (CJB), and Bonzai Agency. The event will take place at the University of Ibn Zohr in Agadir, Morocco at the Amphithéâtre, Faculté de médecine d'Agadir (Avenue Tamsoult, Quartier Tilila, Agadir 80000) from Tuesday 10th December to Thursday 12th December 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://eamena.arch.ox.ac.uk/protectingthepast/
 
Description EMOTIVE Project User Workshop Dr Rozhen Mohammed-Amin VS 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was two-full days international workshop by EMOTIVE project partners for consulting international experts on user evaluation of EMOTIVE prototypes. In addition to my participation as an expert and contribution to the discussions along the rest of the invited international experts, I also helped with planning and running the Glasgow team's session in the workshop.
The diverse interdisciplinary expert discussions have raised interesting insights and perspectives on evaluating and measuring emotional reactions to cultural heritage from using emotional storytelling and digital tools.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://emotiveproject.eu/index.php/2019/02/08/workshop-diary-day-one-second-emotive-user-workshop-a...
 
Description Environmental sustainability for monuments and marshes of southern Iraq 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The audience mainly consisted of University professors and teachers, employees of Thi-Qar Archaeology Directorate, students from the universities of Thi-Qar, Qadisiyah, Babylon and Al-Mustansiriya. VIP of attendance Director of Thi-Qar Tourism and the Dean of Arts Faculty at Thi-Qar University on 21/08/2020. The symposium aimed to raise awareness about the reality of the environmental and cultural diversity of the Marshes, which qualified them to enter the World Heritage List. As well as to demonstrate the economic importance of the need to invest in the Marshes in the tourism aspects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://art.utq.edu.iq/2020/08/20/%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%a7%d8%b3%d8%aa%d8%af%d8%a7%d9%85%d8%a9-%d8%a7%d9%8...
 
Description Erbil Centre Launch Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We organised the launch event for the Research Centre in Erbil, which is meant to promote the Nahrein Network programmes, including the grants and visiting scholars schemes. Presentations and brief talks by the Director of the Centre, Dr Anwar Anaid and the Nahrein Network Principal Investigator, Professor Eleanor Robson of UCL were presented to the audience and media present. The event included a Q&A session about the network and grants scheme, so that a broader understanding of it's aims and way of work can be achieved. Following the main event, the day concluded with a short networking session to build and strengthen both new and existing local and international relations.

The immediate outcome of the event was making public the setting up of the Centre as part of the School of Social Sciences, University of Kurdistan Hewler and to spread the word about the available grants and scholarships available for Iraqi scholars from the Nahrein Network.

External Links:
https://www.ukh.edu.krd/school.php?scid=2
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ukh.edu.krd/newsdetail.php?n=298
 
Description Facebook @NahreinNetwork 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Our FaceBook page now has nearly 400 followers. We use it to promote our grants and share news of our work, and that of the devolved projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018,2019
URL https://www.facebook.com/nahreinnetwork/
 
Description Father Rami Simoun - representative of the Dominican Covenant and Latin Church in Iraq - Podcast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Father Rami Simoun - representative of the Dominican Covenant and Latin Church in Iraq speaks to Dr Mehiyar Kathem about the Christian community in the country today.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/nahrein/podcasts
 
Description Festival participation: Sulaimany Day, Space 21, Coexistence on Yalda Night 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Events are accessible at:
https://www.facebook.com/DigitalCulturalHeritage.DCH/posts/830144970882066
https://space21.nu/
https://www.facebook.com/DigitalCulturalHeritage.DCH/posts/808324159730814
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description From the Ruins of Perservation - A symposium on Rethinking Heritage through Counter-Archives 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Mehiyar Kathem participated in the symposium by presenting a paper on cultural heritage destruction in Mosul and the loss of its archives as a result of the war from 2014-2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Guidance for applicants to the Visiting Iraqi Scholarships Scheme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Director of the Nahrein Network, Professor Eleanor Robson, provides advice on how to apply to the Visiting Iraqi Scholarships Scheme.

For further information and to download the application visit the Nahrein Network website on www.ucl.ac.uk/nahrein/visiting-scholarships

Information on previous successful candidates go to www.ucl.ac.uk/history/history-neships-first-awards

Send any queries to nahrein@ucl.ac.uk

The Nahrein Network is funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Global Challenges Research Fund
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://soundcloud.com/nahreinnetwork/guidance-for-applicants-to-the-visiting-iraqi-scholarships-sch...
 
Description Heritage and State Building in Post Conflict Iraq - event at Chatham House 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Nahrein team organised a break-out session on the Role of Cultural Heritage in the Reconstruction of Iraq, as part of a conference on Iraq in Transition on 2 October 2019, which was organised in partnership by The Nahrein Network and Chatham House.
The panel was composed of Dr Abdulameer Al Hamdani, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Antiquities, Republic of Iraq, Dr Kossay Alahmady, President and Chancellor, University of Mosul, Alice Walpole OBE, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, UN Assistance Mission for Iraq and was moderated by Eleanor Robson, Director, Nahrein Network, University College London
The reconstruction of Iraq's heritage is an essential though often neglected component of state-building. The integration of heritage in state-building has the potential to build trust between fragmented communities, provide the building blocks for cultural healing and produce tangible benefits, including jobs and benefits to the development of sustainable local economies. Cultural heritage can also be a site for the negotiation of political settlements based on shared histories and the knowledge that a society that has come to terms with its past is much more likely to develop durable peace and cohesive state structures. For these reasons, heritage can serve as a site for national dialogue, active participation and discussion about the future of Iraq and support its reconstruction in meaningful and equitable ways.

This panel examined the challenges facing Iraq's heritage from the perspectives of local, national and international experts and look at ways in which Iraq and its partners can harness the potential of heritage as a resource for inclusive national development and reconstruction.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Heritage for Global Challenges Praxis Nexus Event Lebanon - University of Leeds "Changing the Story" event on Heritage Practices 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact "Heritage and Global Challenges" Praxis brought together an international group of delegates to engage in 3 days of workshops and group activities to address the question of how the collective learning from AHRC-GCRF projects on heritage has shaped global challenges in the past four years, and how it should continue to do so in the future. The 3-day event included brief lightning talks by all delegates, as well as a session at the end of each day for the collective writing of a briefing report that will emerge from the event and be co-authored by all those present. The Nahrein Network was represented by Dr Mehiyar Kathem, the network coordinator.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://changingthestory.leeds.ac.uk/heritage/
 
Description International Conference: Archaeology and Heritage, Imam Hussein Holy Shrine, Karbala, Iraq. Dr P Collins Lecture: The role of museums in building inclusive societies 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Description, Purpose and Outcomes/Impacts: lecture/dissemination of information/public engagement/ engagement with potential partners
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Interview with Dr Mustafa Dogan, Nahrein Visiting Scholar on his work with ecomuseums 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The podcast covers Dogan's research in the UK and his plans to establish an eco-museum in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/nahrein/podcasts
 
Description Interview with Dr Olcay Muslu Gardner (Mustafa Kemal Hatay University) - Podcast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Olcay Muslu Gardner speaks about musical traditions, sustainability and the scholarship she undertook at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
Dr Olcay is assistant professor at the Mustafa Kemal Hatay University, Turkey. She is the first recipient of the Visiting Scholars Scheme to be jointly supported by the British Institute at Ankara.
Her work is concerned with identifying dimensions of sustainability for traditional music in the region of Sanlurfa, Turkey. The visiting scholarship enabled her to conduct research at UK academic libraries and to develop relationships with traditional Turkish music groups in and around London.
Olcay's scholarship was managed by the Nahrein Network and the British Institute at Ankara and funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/nahrein/podcasts
 
Description Interview with Dr Robert Bewley, Director of EAMENA - Podcast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Nahrein Network interviews Oxford University-based archaeologist Dr Robert Bewley, Project Director and Co-founder of the EAMENA project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/nahrein/podcasts
 
Description Interview with Professor Graeme Barker about Shanidar Cave - Podcast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Nahrein Network had the pleasure of speaking with one of the world's foremost archaeologists, Professor Graeme Barker.

Professor Barker, Senior Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, speaks here about his recent work in the Shanidar Cave in the province of Erbil.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/nahrein/podcasts
 
Description Iraq British Business Council workshop on development of Iraqi Higher Education 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Project PI Professor Eleanor Robson participated in the Iraq British Business Council's summer retreat in July 2018, contributing to a panel discussion with British and Iraqi diplomats, and British and Iraqi university leaders, on the growth and development of Iraqi higher education. Audience members expressed much interest in, and support for, the aims of the Nahrein Network. There were several subsequent enquiries about collaborations and funding opportunities. Existing relationships with IBBC, the British Embassy in Iraq, the British Council in Iraq, and Mosul University were significantly strengthened by this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Iraqi Civilization and its Impact on Heritage: Maysan Heritage as a Model 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact t was held in cooperation with the University of Misan on Thursday, 6-8-2020 via ZOOM platform. The keynote speaker was dr. Nadia Ghanem- British Academy Postdoctoral fellow at the University of SOAS/ London. The seminar dealt with the heritage of Maysan: the churches. There was a full description about them. Being also an important heritage of maysan, the seminar also explored the shrine of Uzair. The members of the team were presenters. They explained everything about the shrine of Prophet Uzair to be known for all. The participants were many over (107) for it was international and included academics, professionals, and students from the departments of History in several universities of Iraq as well as international universities like SOAS/ London in addition to media and general public.
The purpose of this seminar is to give a full description about this site, its structure, and its history. There was a reference to its damages due to neglect and ignorance on the part of the government. The basic findings of this seminar were that the shrine needed rebuilding, reconstruction, and maintenance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.facebook.com/educationcollege1/posts/290570027299044%206
 
Description Iraqi cultural heritage: youth practitioners' focus group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In April 2018 PI Eleanor Robson and visiting scholarship recipient Ali Al-Makhzomy co-organised and co-chaired a two-hour discussion workshop at Baghdad NGO "The Station", titled "Iraqi Cultural Heritage: Perceptions from Iraqi Youth". In it some 30 young cultural heritage practitioners shared their own understandings and values of Iraqi cultural heritage, and articulated their concerns and hopes for future developments, in a mix of English and Arabic.

It was
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Iraqi premiere of the documentary film Letters from Baghdad and associated events 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The award-winning documentary film Letters from Baghdad is a biography of Gertrude Bell, archaeologist, key figure in the construction of Mandate Iraq, and founder of the Iraq Museum. Released in 2016 it has had showings worldwide, almost everywhere except Iraq - until now. In a collaboration with the Iraqi Ministry of Culture, the US Embassy in Iraq and British Council in Iraq we subtitled the film in Arabic and Kurdish, and organised a series of events about the film in Baghdad. These included: a screening of the film at the Iraqi National Theatre; a Q & A session with the film's directors Zeva Oelbaum and Sabine Krayenbuhl; a workshop on heritage documentary-making at the City of Arts for Film in Baghdad, led by Krayenbuhl and Oelbaum; and a visit to Gertrude Bell's grave in Baghdad. A series of screenings across Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan continued later in the year, organised by British Council Iraq.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Iraqi readings of British Orientalism talks by Professor Nasser Jassem, Nahrein-Bisi Visiting Scholar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Nasser Jassem, Nahrein Network Scholar from Mosul University, four lectures about Iraqi readings of British Orientalism at the Aga Khan Centre in London, SOAS, the University of Cambridge and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford in November 2019 as part of the engagement activities planned for the duration of his scholarship.

Professor Nasser also gave a talk on the cultural impact of the US occupation in Iraq and in Mosul in particular, at LSE's Millenium conference, 20th October 2019. The title of the conference at LSE, London, was Extraction, Expropriation, Erasure? Knowledge Production in International Relations. Event attendees 20 people in the audience
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ashmolean.org/event/hamilton-gibb-and-saladin-oxford-scholar-and-muslim-hero
 
Description Keynote address to Research Software Engineers conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In September 2018 project PI Professor Eleanor Robson gave the opening keynote address to the third annual conference of the UK's Research Software Engineers, in Birmingham. She spoke about her collaboration with UCL's Research Software Development Group to develop bidirectional script functionality for Nammu, an open-access cuneiform text editor (described further under Software).

She explained that the past few years of conflict in Syria and Iraq have drawn worldwide attention to the terrorist destruction of archaeological sites and historic buildings in the region. Large international projects are now working to protect, conserve and document these places that are so fundamental to understanding Middle Eastern and global history. But that is a solution to only one part of the problem, however important it is in itself. The Nahrein Network tackles the human side of this tragedy, helping local heritage experts, academic historians and history-lovers contribute meaningfully to the long-term social and economic development of post-conflict Iraq and its neighbours. Open-access, reusable online resources are a natural solution to increasing the accessibility of academic research, teaching materials, and reliable information for interested publics, in a region where everyone has a phone but libraries are scarce and massively under-resourced. As part of this effort UCL's Research Software Development Group is adapting open-access tools for Arabophone ancient historians to work with. Nammu is an easy-to-use text-editor for cuneiform inscriptions, the millions of witnesses to the first three millennia of Middle Eastern and world history. Oracc is a collaborative online publishing platform for these editions, and for educational websites about ancient Middle Eastern history. In this talk I will explain how Nammu and Oracc are key components of a programme designed to reduce Middle Eastern academics' international isolation, train the next generation of experts in ancient Middle Eastern history, cultural heritage, and related fields, and to help local audiences make meaning of local heritage, in local languages and local contexts. She also talked through the how the project is working in practice, from the involvement of the RSEs in London in the initial research design through to the implementation with researchers, teachers and students in Baghdad and beyond.

There was a full discussion afterwards and many audience members, from senior Microsoft executives to academic editors to university employees, reported that the talk had been transformational in helping them understand the role that academic computing can play in addressing key development challenges and contributing to the sustainable development of intellectual production in the global south.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://rse.ac.uk/conf2018/programme/
 
Description Kurdish Cultural Heritage Network - "Heritage and Community Engagement" workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact "Heritage and Community Engagement" workshop was set up and organised by the Cultural Heritage Network, the Nahrein funded project based at the Sulaimani Polytechnic University in Iraki Kurdistan. It was conducted by invitation to 12 people, with participants represented by cultural heritage academics, professionals, & decision-makers in Kurdistan Region of Iraq, being of regional importance with international participation.
It was aimed at training workshop for academics and professionals in cultural heritage domain and others/3 hours.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.spu.edu.iq/ku/13167?fbclid=IwAR0uEg9IUSnPnGY8ZYVdsNdXjW5EXduyMaQ_zeP7BqrZ6dlwsWrCJFcQc3Q
 
Description Kurdish Cultural Heritage Network - series of workshops, talks and presentations related to Heritage 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The Nahrein-funded Kurdish Cultural Heritage Network (PI: Dr Rozhen's Mohammed-Amin) has been very active in both disseminating their work as well as being directly involved in activities to raise awareness and expertise level in heritage project writing, research and policy, with more than 38 events, of which a number were media appearances or opening events with media involvement. Over 4000 people in the Kurdish Region of Iraq were involved directly over 2019 and it has engaged targe audiences from academics and cultural heritage professionals to NGOs and students.
As a result, Dr Rozhen's Cultural Heritage Network has become a focal point of the region and they have successfully expanded their network and efforts beyond what was initially envisioned.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Kurdish Cultural Heritage Network Sarai Offices Opening Ceremony 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Cultural Heritage Network, a Nahrein funded devolved project based at the Sulaimani Polytechnic, in Iraki Kurdistan, organised their Sarai Offices Official opening. Sarai Offices Opening Ceremony in Sulaimani, Iraqi Kurdistan, was a Networking event/1.5 hours which was open to participation from decision-makers, government representatives, academics, researchers, professionals, public figures, politicians, and representatives from NGOs, but was also attended by some members from public & local and regional media.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.facebook.com/SulaimaniPolytechnicUniversitySPU/posts/2605382356192030-https://www.facebo...
 
Description Kurdistan Cultural Heritage Network - "Interdisciplinary approaches to the past: how archaeology can address important issues of today' workshop (public) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This was a training course for academics and professionals in cultural heritage domain and others/3 hours - It was aimed at cultural heritage academics, professionals, & decision-makers in Kurdistan Region. StudentNGO representatives and was attended by regional and international participants
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.spu.edu.iq/ku/13167?fbclid=IwAR0uEg9IUSnPnGY8ZYVdsNdXjW5EXduyMaQ_zeP7BqrZ6dlwsWrCJFcQc3Q
 
Description London Book Fair talk on Mosul University Library 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Nahrein Network Coordinator and researcher Dr Mehiyar Kathem and Nahrein Network scholarship recipient, Dr Alaa Hamdon, participated on the 12th of March in a discussion about Mosul University Library at the annual London Book Fair.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.londonbookfair.co.uk/en/Sessions/74117/Rebuilding-the-Library-IS-Destroyed-How-Publisher...
 
Description London visit of the British Consul General for Northern Iraq and the head of UNESCO Iraq 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In July 2018, the Network hosted the British Consul General for Northern Iraq, and the head of UNESCO Iraq, after an event at Chatham House on the role of heritage in the reconstruction of Mosul. This event also coincided with a brief visit to the UK by our future Visiting Scholar, the Director of Mosul University Libraries, Mohammed Jasim, hosted by the Iraq British Business Council. We therefore invited all three for a meeting at our Visiting Scholarships partner, the British Library, to discuss closer collaboration within the framework of UNESCO's Revive the Spirit of Mosul initiative. The day was most successful, not only for own work but for building the relationship between UNESCO Iraq and the British diplomatic team in Iraq.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description London visit of the Iraqi Minister of Higher Education 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In January 2018 the Network hosted the Iraqi Minister of Higher Education in London, in order to advocate for the value and purpose of our work. We took his team to visit our Visiting Scholarship partners at the British Library and the National Archives to show some of the resources on which Iraqi researchers could undertake projects.

Unfortunately the Minister left office after the Iraqi general elections in May 2018 and the Network is now developing a relationship with the new Minister and his team.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MBI Al Jaber Foundation Lecture Series, London Middle East Institute, SOAS. Dr P Collins Lecture: Telling Stories in Basra: a new museum for Iraq 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Description, Purpose and Outcomes/Impacts: lecture/dissemination of information/public engagement
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with Iraqi Ambassador to the UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Nahrein Network met with the new Iraqi Ambassador to the UK, Mr Mohammed al Sadr, where Professor Eleanor Robson and Dr Mehiyar Kathem spoke about ways to collaborate and work together and share information about the Visiting Scholarships Scheme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Meeting with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Iraq 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact On 13 March 2019 the Network organised a meeting with the UK Parliament's All-Party Parliamentary Group on Iraq, with the topic "The sustainable development of heritage and archaeology in post-ISIS Northern Iraq". Project PI Professor Eleanor Robson introduced our work within the ODA context. Current Visiting Scholar Dr Alaa Hamdon of Mosul University explained his funded research, as well as his efforts in the rehabilitation of Mosul University Library. Mr Daniel Lowe of project partner The British Library also spoke about his contributions to this work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Meeting with the new Iraqi Minister of Culture, Professor Abdulameer al Hamdani 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Extended meeting with the new Iraqi Minister of Culture, Professor Abdulameer al Hamdani, in al Rasheed Hotel, Baghdad.,
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Museum Managers Workshop, Imam Hussein Holy Shrine Museum, Kabala, Iraq. Exploring audience development in Iraq's museums Dr P Collins 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Description, Purpose and Outcomes/Impacts: workshop/engagement with colleagues/research and evaluation/blogpost
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Network website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact The project's main website now receives over 2000 visits a month, over half of those to the information pages on funding opportunities (research grants; visiting scholarships). The pages on the project's core team, and on the people and projects we have funded so far, also attract a lot of traffic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018,2019
URL http://www.ucl.ac.uk/nahrein
 
Description OCHRE - The Importance of Cultural Heritage in Iraq 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The project team held an online workshop featuring presentations from Prof Eleanor Robson (Director of Nahrein Network and Head of Department of History at UCL) and Professor Alaa Hussein Al-lami (Dean of the Archeology Faculty at the University of Kufa), followed by questions and discussions. The event drew more than attendees, mainly from Iraq but also from the UK. The audience included officials from the Ministry of Higher Education in Iraq and senior management from the Universities of Kufa and Mosul
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description OCHRE Launch Webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The project team held a webinar on to launch the project. In the webinar, we provided attendants with a basic overview of open educational resources, the role of the university in public engagement, and how these two trends might support a wider understanding of cultural heritage in Iraq. The event was promoted through the research team's social media accounts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Official demonstration of the EMOTIVE based Pre-History Gallery multimedia guide 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The completed EMOTIVE-based Pre-History Gallery multimedia guide was officially demonstrated to the US Consul General in Erbil, Mr. Rob Waller, on 2nd February 2021, during the formal opening of the first Pre-History Gallery Slemani Museum, Iraq's second largest archaeology museum.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description OpenDemocracy article titled - Heritage Peacebuilding in Iraq 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact I wrote an article for the online platform titled Heritage Peacebuilding in Iraq.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/north-africa-west-asia/heritage-peacebuilding-in-iraq/
 
Description Opening remarks and paper at Conference on Iraqi history at Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad, March 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Eleanor Robson gave opening remarks to a conference on the history and politics of state-building in Iraq, at Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad, in March 2019. She also presented a paper on Nation and state-building in ancient Iraq to the same audience.

The conference was attended by 500 Iraqi academics and research students, as well as many local media organisations. Robson's participation aimed to show how ancient history can shed light on current post-conflict concerns in Iraq, and to promote participation in the Network. Her paper was awarded the prize for the best presentation at the conference, and engendered a lively and thoughtful discussion amongst participants, and in media interviews.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Paper given at Decolonising the Museum workshop, student History of Art Society, University of Cambridge, February 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact In response to Professor Eleanor Robson's participation at the (G)hosting event with Michael Rakowitz at the Whitechapel Gallery in July 2019, she was invited to present a short paper to the University of Cambridge's History of Art student society, as part of an even on decolonising the museum. Her paper "Decolonising the museum in Britain, Baghdad and Basra" aimed to help students think about what it means to decolonising museums in formerly colonial contexts such as Iraq. The 40-odd students in attendance responded enthusiastically with many thoughtful questions and comments, demonstrating a profound grasp of the issues involved.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Paper presented at Saving Ancient Treasures conference, London, July 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Eleanor Robson gave a paper called, "The human dimension: the intellectual and social infrastructure of heritage in conflict and beyond", at a conference Saving Ancient Treasures for the World, organised jointly by the Hellenic Society and the Roman Society in London, July 2019. The paper aimed to challenge the very premise of the conference - that is, an object-based approach to "saving (ancient) treasures" for "the world", aka a thinly disguised justification for wealthy private antiquities collections. There were well over 100 people in the audience (including the private collector who sponsored the conference). Questions afterwards, and conversations over lunch that followed, showed that many participants now understood the problematic ethics of prioritising material heritage for international benefit over local expertise and livelihoods in fragile parts of the world.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrIe8U9uFy0&list=PLO_zKwlRJ8jYNYA1QDn2rwc_geeMTb4UF&index=4&t=0s
 
Description Perceptions of Assyria: Art, Culture and Politics talk, British Museum - Ali Al Makhzomy VS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I talked about my project Bil Weekend startup "Motivation, Operation, Contribution and Impact" and what we did since 2016 after years of neglecting of the heritage sites and tourism in general due to wars, lack of security and terrorism.
Challenges faced such as "Instability of security situation, Lack of awareness, Management plan, Infrastructure, Technical needs such as documentation, conservation and use of technology".
How we contributed reviving sites "Increasing Awareness" explaining how we are in need for new approaches and methods / How we can raise awareness and engage communities as one of the main stakeholders.
We as Iraq will need to design strong cultural policy with vision collaborate all stakeholders to achieve it, especially the education system. 65% of Iraqi people are under 35 years old.
Also about other steps and procedures such as (Management Plan, develop the skills of human resources, the need of using technology, establish real research and study centres or re-functioning the existing ones in the ministries and universities, encourage non governmental think tanks and facilitate fellowships and encourage scholarships in the fields of Archaeology, Heritage and Tourism - Most important thing we need a new way of education and a new way of understanding heritage and the use of its elements, facilitate tourism operation, encourage the private sector involvement and investment - this will help create infrastructure projects and a lot of job opportunities, financially support - from the national budget and also indirectly companies as (Corporate Social Responsibility - CSR), and the last but not the lest collaboration with other entities and getting experience of from different countries, especially after defeating ISIS, we have very unique opportunity
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://twitter.com/carine_harmand/status/1094741884851941376
 
Description Podcast Interview with founders of Mosul Book Bridge 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Nahrein Network interviews Dr Alaa Hamdon of Mosul University (Nahrein Network - British Institute for the Study of Iraq (BISI) scholarship recipient) and archaeologist Dr Caroline Sandes, who founded Mosul Book Bridge to support the rebuilding of Mosul University Library.

You can read more about Mosul Book Bridge on www.mosulbookbridge.org
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://soundcloud.com/nahreinnetwork/interview-with-founders-of-mosul-book-bridge
 
Description Podcast interview with Ali Al-Makhzomy of Bil Weekend 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In this latest podcast instalment, Dr Mehiyar Kathem talks to Mr Ali Al-Makhzomy, founder of Bil Weekend tour company in Iraq, which caters to local tourists. Ali is one of the first recipients of a Nahrein-BISI Visiting Scholarship, to research new methods to strengthen Iraq's tourism infrastructure.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://soundcloud.com/nahreinnetwork/tourism-in-iraq-ali-al-makhzomy-founder-of-bilweekend-tour-com...
 
Description Podcast interview with Dr Rozhen Mohammed-Amin of Sulaimani Polytechnic University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Mehiyar Kathem talks to Dr Rozhen Mohammed-Amin, Director of Sulaimani Polytechnic University's Digital Heritage Research Group on how small screen technologies can help museum-goers interact with, and relate to, exhibitions and artefacts. Dr Mohammed-Amin is a recipient of a Nahrein-BISI Visiting Scholarship, to be held at the University of Glasgow's EMOTIVE project on story-telling for cultural heritage.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://soundcloud.com/nahreinnetwork/building-interactive-learning-environments-rozhen-mohammed-of-...
 
Description Podcast interview with Louise Haxthausen of UNESCO Iraq 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In this week's podcast, Dr Mehiyar Kathem interviews Louise Haxthausen, Director of the UNESCO Office for Iraq, and a member of the Network's management committee. She explains the ambitions of UNESCO's Revive the Spirit of Mosul initiative to revive the city's cultural and intellectual life, and to provide sustainable employment. They also discuss the role of national heritage in post-conflict Iraq.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://soundcloud.com/nahreinnetwork/unesco-in-iraq-louise-haxthausen-director-of-the-unesco-office...
 
Description Podcast interview with Rashad Salim of Safina Projects 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In the first of our new series of Nahrein Network podcasts about Iraqi cultural heritage, Dr Mehiyar Kathem interviews Rashad Salim of Safina Projects on the heritage of the Iraqi marshlands, water security and cultural self-respect.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://soundcloud.com/nahreinnetwork/rashad-salim-of-safina-projects-watercrafts-in-iraq
 
Description Podcast on Art heritage in Iraq - Dr Ahmed Naji 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Independent researcher Dr Ahmed Naji speaks about his work in documenting and preserving Iraq's modern art heritage and discusses plans to safeguard it against further damage.

Dr Naji gives an eloquent talk of the state of Iraq's art heritage over the past few years and its connections to development and identity.

Dr Naji is the author of Under the Palm Trees: Modern Iraqi Art with Mohamed Makiya and Jewad Selim (Rizzoli New York) which discusses the trajectory of Iraqi art through the prominent art collection of the late pioneer architect Mohamed Makiya (1914-2015). This book will be released in May 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://soundcloud.com/nahreinnetwork/art-heritage-in-iraq-dr-ahmed-naji
 
Description Podcast with Dr Paul Collins discussing museums in Iraq 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Paul Collins - Curator at Ashmolean Museum and Co-Principal Investigator of the Nahrein Network, as well as current chairperson of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq speaks about storytelling and museums in Iraq, and their role in society
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://soundcloud.com/nahreinnetwork/museums-in-iraq-paul-collins-at-the-ashmolean-museum-oxford
 
Description Podcast with Mr. Mohammed Jasim Al-Hajiahmed, director of Mosul University Libraries on efforts to rehabilitate 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The director of Mosul University Libraries, Mr Mohammed Jasim Aal-Hajiahmed, speaks about national and international efforts to rehabilitate the libraries of the University of Mosul. Mr Mohammed Jasim Aal-Hajiahmed is a recipient of a Visiting Iraqi Scholarship from the Nahrein Network and the British Institute for the Study of Iraq.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://soundcloud.com/nahreinnetwork/director-of-mosul-university-libraries-mohammed-jasim-aal-haji...
 
Description Podcast: Building a heritage network in Iraqi Kurdistan - An interview with Dr Rozhen Kamal Mohammed Amin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This is a podcast recording with Co-Investigator Dr Rohzen Kamal Mohammed-Amin on the Nahrein Network funded project 'A Cultural Heritage Network for the Kurdistan Region: Challenges and Opportunities'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://soundcloud.com/nahreinnetwork/building-a-heritage-network-in-iraqi-kurdistan-an-interview-wi...
 
Description Podcast: The Wolf of Baghdad - A conversation with Carol Isaacs and Daniel Jonas 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Nahrein Network speaks to creators of the audio-visual graphic memoir of a lost homeland. Carol and Daniel speak about their memories, experiences and work revolving around Iraqi Jewish music heritage.

For more information on Carol Isaacs and Daniel Jonas work see:

thewolfofbaghdad.wordpress.com/

The link to the song by the Kuwaiti Brothers at the beginning of the podcast: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybw7INieVV10?t_radio=1
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://soundcloud.com/nahreinnetwork/the-wolf-of-baghdad-a-conversation-with-carol-isaacs-and-dania...
 
Description Postgraduate Teaching Programme: A Scientific, Historical and Intercultural Dialogue - Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The seminar was aimed at encouraging the audience to apply for Nahrein Network grants and explaining the steps and procedures of application. Grant receivers Dr Rozhen Kamal and Dr Olga Babenko talked about their projects and answered questions of the audience.
UKH staff learnt about Nahrein Network opportunities, submitted several grant applications and became aware of the research potential of Kurdish historical, cultural and artistic heritage.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ukh.edu.krd/newsdetail.php?n=339
 
Description Postgraduate Teaching Programme: A Scientific, Historical and Intercultural Dialogue - conference presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The aim of the conference speech was to raise intercultural competence of Kurdish educators, teach them how to become culturally aware and self-reflective lecturers. The speech was illustrated with examples of teaching English language and literature in three different educational settings - Saudi Arabia, Ukraine and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Nahrein Network project "Postgraduate Teaching Programme: A Scientific, Historical and Intercultural Dialogue" was presented as a way for improving methodology in higher education of Iraqi Kurdistan in relation to cross-cultural and intercultural communication.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ishik.edu.iq/conf/vesal/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/absbook.pdf
 
Description Postgraduate Workshop on Collaborative Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop meeting on collaborative research meeting different AHRC funded projects and activities, including with AHRC funded 'Changing the story' project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Preparing Iraqi Universities for International Research Collaborations, Baghdad, October 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact There are now increasing opportunities for Iraqi universities to develop collaborative research programmes with international partners. These partnerships strengthen Iraqi universities in many ways. This workshop explored benefits of developing international research collaborations, and suggested ways to help prepare for them.
The workshop, organised jointly with the Iraq British Business Council, was attended by senior university managers and officials of the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Baghdad. It was held in English and Arabic. Prof Eleanor Robson, the Nahrein PI and Dr Mehiyar Kathem, the Nahrein Co-ordinator, led the event with Dr Mohammed Al-Uzri of Leicester University.

The workshop was successful in outlining a practical to-do list for the Ministry of Higher Education and for individual universities. It was also a good opportunity for Iraqi teams from different universities to network, so overall, it was a very successful 2 days with a promising agenda for future work. Discussions will continue on the subject in 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation and podcast to the British Institute for the Study of Iraq 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In June 2018 PI Professor Eleanor Robson gave the Annual Bonham Carter Lecture to the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, a UK learned society and registered charity based at the British Academy. To an audience comprising UK cultural heritage professionals, Iraqi diplomats and expats, and members of the interested general public, she argued for the importance of fostering the intellectual infrastructure of heritage, as well as its physical infrastructure, in countries such as Iraq. The talk was recorded and is now available as a podcast.

There was a lively Q&A session afterwards. What resonated most with the audience was the argument that neither professionals nor amateurs should have to learn foreign languages in order to access-or produce-histories of their own localities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.bisi.ac.uk/content/bonham-carter-lecture
 
Description Protecting Cultural Heritage in Armed Conflict and Situations of Forcible Displacement: An (emergeing) Human Right? Conference at Newcastle University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Mehiyar Kathem presented a paper on ways to better understand cultural heritage destruction in Iraq by presenting on post-2003 heritage and politics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Protection of Cultural Heritage - Baghdad - Ali Al Makhzomy VS 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The workshop aimed to further explore ways of cooperation between different national and international agencies and to strengthen collective efforts to preserve Iraq's cultural heritage.
I presented the experience of my project as an example for possible tourism operation in Iraq and why important involving the the private sector and how tourism can protects the cultural heritage of Iraq. It was very useful workshop and gave me the chance to expand my network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://eeas.europa.eu/csdp-missions-operations/euam-iraq_en/57063/EUAM%20supports%20Iraq%20in%20the...
 
Description Public lecture "Endangered Heritage and Digital Technology" Dr Rozhen Mohammed-Amin VS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Raising awareness and sparking critical questions and discussions about Iraqi endangered cultural heritage as well as technology's role in digital cultural heritage domain. Post lecture verbal, social media, and email feedback suggest that the lecture highly engaged and informed the attendees.

Informing about my past and ongoing research projects in the domain and developing new connection through it. Through the advertisement of the event poster, a Prof at the University of Glasgow reached my host and asked for a meeting, which resulted in learning about the Learning Cities Network (LCN).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/humanities/events/informationstudiesevents/headline_622688_en.html
 
Description Round Table Workshop opening remarks and interview "Research across Disciplines in Contexts of Conflict, post-Conflict and Displacement: How do we Deal with Ethics?" Dr Rozhen Mohammed-Amin VS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact As part of my participation as an expert in the round-table workshop/meeting on "Research across Disciplines in Contexts of Conflict, post-Conflict and Displacement: How do we Deal with Ethics?", I gave opening remarks, consultation, and an interview on ethics challenges of conducting research in Iraq and offered my insights and perspectives on how to deal with those challenges.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MN0OI68SQ7g
 
Description Rural Heritage Recovery (Erbil) - Citizen Scientist Induction Training 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The training aimed to build citizen scientists capacity in Erbil and the periphery to participate in the research and co-design a framework for heritage recovery that is long-term, bottom-up, participatory, socially just and inclusive. The target objectives for the CSs instruction training:
- defining and enhancing their knowledge on rural heritage, tangible and intangible, natural and cultural heritage.
-advancing their ability in research methods in terms of ethics and professional standards
-ensure clear understanding of CSs role and expected research deliverables.
Citizen Social Science is a form of participatory social research which engages the wider public directly in the social research process. This approach abandons the distinction between the producers and consumers of scientific knowledge, attempting to bring about an inquiring society, where participation in and scrutiny of research is open to all.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Rural Heritage Recovery and Post-Conflict Development in Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG): The Case of Erbil's Rural Periphery - Networking and reconaissance 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The research team travelled from Beirut to Erbil and had meetings professionals in 4 institutions which were the following:
*The Municipality of Erbil; the General Director of Urban Planning of Kurdistan Governorate,
*The Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage (IICHAH): the Director of The Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage, and Master *Trainers at the IICAH,
*President of the University of Salahaddin-Erbil,
*The Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC) of the Kurdistan Regional Government; the Director of Resource Mobilization and the Director of Information Management and Data Exchange.
During the reconnaissance, the research team met with stakeholders in the periphery of Erbil (general public) such as Mokhtars, school and educational facilities' caretakers, residents, and local business owners.
The purpose of the trip was networking to building connections with major stakeholders, and reconnaissance of the rural periphery of Erbil.
One of the strands of the operation in the project is to build networks with major stakeholders for collaboration and knowledge dissemination. This network will help the research team in the conduction and recruitment of the citizen scientist training workshop and the capacity building workshop.
The reconnaissance was to identify the villages on the rural periphery of Erbil. The research team surveyed 11 villages on the western part of Erbil rural periphery. The survey was to understand the characteristics of the villages in terms of socio-economy, socio-spatial practices, cultural heritage, natural heritage, and village morphology. The reconnaissance was to verify the selected villages in the initial proposal for further study. According to the analysis of the gathered data, Gazna, Kany Qrzhala, Qareatax are chosen as sites of inquiry for further research.
The most important outcomes of the trip were establishing a network of stakeholders that are eager to contribute and cooperate throughout the project and beyond this project. This network will also contribute to the knowledge dissemination and implementation of the heritage framework which will be designed according to the research outcomes.
In addition, the reconnaissance of the rural periphery of Erbil characterized the current situation of the villages that were selected for the study. According to the data, the selected villages of Gazna, Kany Qrzhala, Qareatax reflect the multiplicity and the mix within the community and reflect the different compositions of returning, transient, and permanent inhabitants across the three villages.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Safina Project - "Erasure and Endurance: investigating Iraq's endangered maritime and craft heritage" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This, by Safina Projects' PI, Rashad Salim, talk combined an overview of our current work with an exploration of how Assyrian archaeological remains provide evidence of the continuity of boat forms still made in Iraq until recent decades, and afford one source of clues to the details of their construction, and to their role in Mesopotamian history.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Safina Project - "Erasure and Endurance: investigating Iraq's endangered maritime and craft heritage - clues and questions from Assyrian imperial art", at the Perceptions of Assyria Symposium, British Museum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This talk, by Safina Project's PI Rashad Salim, combined an overview of our current work with an exploration of how Assyrian archaeological remains provide evidence of the continuity of boat forms still made in Iraq until recent decades, and afford one source of clues to the details of their construction, and to their role in Mesopotamian history.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar/event_detail.aspx?eventId=4902&title=Percepti...
 
Description Safina Project - "Return to the Tigris" talk at Museum of World Cultures, Stockholm 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Safina Projects' PI, Rashad Salim, was invited to reflect on his experiences aboard Thor Heyerdahl's Tigris reed boat (1977) and our present-day work documenting the Marshes' endangered cultural heritage.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Safina Project - "Revitalising Heritage - towards the Protection of the Cultural Environment of the Marshes": Presentation at Wasit University, College of Engineering 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Talk by Safina Projects' PI Rashad Salim, about his current work including the Thesiger's Tarada project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Safina Project - "The Ark Re-imagined: Navigating Iraqi Cultural Heritage on the Edge of Extinction", a talk at BISI 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This talk, by Safina Projects' PI Rashad Salim, discussed both of our current projects, An Ark for Iraq and Thesiger's Tarada, and our broader methodology which combines boat-building workshops and river expeditions, oral history recordings, and finding clues to lost heritage in the archival stratum of knowledge now scattered around the world.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Safina Project - 10. Meeting with new Minister of Culture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Description: This was a visit to the Iraq Museum. led by Safina Projects' PI Rashad Salim, with an opportunity to view artefacts relevant to our project, followed by a presentation of several projects (including our own) to the new Minister of Culture, Dr Abdulameer al-Hamdani.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Safina Project - Community Feast in Huwair 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A community meal was held in Huwair, together with an oral history recording session - launching our Nahrein-funded boat reconstruction project "Thesiger's Tarada". Participants, including local sheikhs and elders, watched a presentation of selected images from Thesiger's archive, which stimulated detailed reminiscences and discussion, helping us to form a more detailed picture of local knowledge about the Tarada and other endangered boats and crafts of the Marshes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Safina Project - Community Feast in Huwair 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact A community meal was held in Huwair (the traditional centre of boat-building where we are working, near Basra), together with an oral history recording session, launching Safina Projects' Nahrein-funded boat reconstruction project "Thesiger's Tarada". Participants, including local sheikhs and elders, watched a presentation of selected images from Thesiger's archive, which stimulated detailed reminiscences and discussion, helping us to form a more detailed picture of local knowledge about the Tarada and other endangered boats and crafts of the Marshes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Safina Project - Culture Forum on "Art for Sustainable Futures", as part of the New York Arab World Art & Education Initiative, NYC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Safina Projects PI, Rashad Salim. was part of a panel exploring the role of the arts in building a more sustainable future and the potential for artists and cultural organizations to contribute to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Safina Project - Festival of Heritage, Chibayish (central Marshes) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This highly popular and well publicised event, in partnership with Nature Iraq, was the official launch of the reconstructed Thesiger's Taradas (as well as several other types of Meshouf canoe built as part of our other major project, An Ark for Iraq). It was attended by the Dr Abdulameer al-Hamdani, who as well as being our Co-Investigator has recently been appointed as Iraq's Minister of Culture. Other dignitaries and public figures also attended and the event was filmed by 5 satellite TV channels and has been widely shared and discussed on social media.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Safina Project - Iraqi Civil Society Initiative Baghdad 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Talk by Safina Projects' PI Rashad Salim, about his current work to activists from many civil society groups
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Safina Project - Preliminary Launch of Taradas in Huwair 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was the first trialling of Safina Projects' two reconstructions of Thesiger's Tarada on the water, on the local branch of the Euphrates in Huwair close to where they were built. They were also transported through the centre of Huwair town on the way to and from the launch site, which stimulated much response and discussion with local people, some of which were documented as part of our oral history programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Safina Project - Visit of Charax Spasinou archaeological team to Huwair Boatyard 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Jane Moon and team are excavating the site of Charax, near Qurna, including an ancient harbour which could shed light on the region's maritime heritage. They visited our work in progress at Huwair Boatyard, where our reconstructions of Thesiger's Tarada (and other boats as part of the Ark for Iraq project) are being built. Describing our work as "inspiring", they commented "There are many connections with what is found in excavation, such as depictions of boats in ancient art... [and] remains of indestructible parts such as the bitumen coating".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Safina Projects - "International Museum Day: Endangered Cultural Heritage" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Seminar at Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities (Medelhavsmuseet), Stockholm
The Museum held a seminar to raise awareness of endangered cultural heritage focusing especially on Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. Safina's Project Director, Rashad Salim, was invited to give a talk (titled "An Ark for Iraq: revitalising ancient Mesopotamian maritime and craft heritage for the 21st Century") alongside Qahtan Alabeed, Director of Basrah Museum, and other international heritage professionals. He also gifted to the museum a model Tarada made by our boatbuilding team in Huwair, which has become part of their collection. Recognition from the international heritage professional community, especially those from post-conflict countries, of the importance of vernacular craft heritage, present shortfalls in addressing this issue, and the significance of our project as a pioneering example in this field.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.varldskulturmuseerna.se/en/medelhavsmuseet/program/programarkiv-mm-2019/endangered-cultur...
 
Description Sirince Association team - Networking and outreach activities 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The research team, in cooperation with local fieldwork facilitators, conducted interviews with Middle Eastern immigrants living in Cilicia (Mersin and Adana provinces of Turkey) and Christian community members in Lebanon with family roots in Cilicia.
The project team paid visits to Hrant Dink Foundation, an Istanbul-based NGO that carries out projects on Armenian heritage in Turkey (https://hrantdink.org/en/). The Foundation has shared their reports and publications as well as a list of local contacts, and put the team in contact with a few local heritage experts from Adana. They have also met several times with Osman Köker, a collectionner and researcher based in Istanbul who runs Birzamanlar Yayincilik, a publishing house that publishes titles related to the non-Muslim minority cultures in Turkey.
Local fieldwork facilitator in Adana paid a visit to the Seyhan Municipality Center for Women's Solidarity to explore the possibilities of collaboration for the project
In a Zoom meeting held in August 2020, project investigators introduced the HERDISCOM_CNL PROJECT to a wider community of archaeologists and heritage experts from Turkey and abroad, including the members of Sirince Archaeological Association. Participants discussed possible collaborations related to the project during the meeting
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
URL https://herdiscomcnl.wordpress.com/
 
Description Sustainable development of Iraqi Cultural Heritage: Policy Roundtable at Chatham House 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In July 2018 postdoc Mehiyar Kathem co-organised with the Middle East team at Chatham House a roundtable policy forum on the sustainable development of cultural heritage in post-conflict Iraq.
Introduction: Lina Khatib (Chatham House, MENA Director)
Chair: Renad Mansour (Chatham House, Iraq lead)
Speaker 1: Professor Eleanor Robson (Director of Nahrein Network). Eleanor spoke for about 5 minutes about the NN and its work in Iraq.
Speaker 2: Mr Nazar Marjan (Deputy Head of Iraq Mission to UK, Iraqi Embassy). Maximum 5 minutes.
Speaker 3: Professor Sabah Mushatat (Advisor Prime Minister's Office, Iraq). Professor Sabah spoke about his work and latest PMO initiative to establish an international network of academics and heritage experts to protect and promote Iraqi heritage
There was then half an hour for discussion on priorities, principles and practices, amongst an expert audience of British and Iraqi practitioners and policy-makers. Again, the importance of human and intellectual infrastructure, and of local decision-making, were the key messages communicated.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Symposium on the sustainable development of cultural heritage and archaeology 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The seminar was in the first week of the scholarship and it was a good opportunity to meet other specialists in heritage with different disciplines. Moreover, the discussion on the topic followed the seminar with the attendees. They found relating both types of heritage, tangible, and intangible is an attractive strategy to get a more holistic view of the importance of heritage.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description The heritage of Diwaniyah and Samawa - Webinar series 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact • ODA relevance of key outcomes
1. Several stories have been reported describing the histories of the people and cultural groups who occupied these buildings and structures, including shrines and mosques, synagogues and churches, are largely unknown in wider society
2. Developing skills and knowledge of the young staff of the both heritage offices in Diwaniyah and Samawa provinces plus the young heritage activists in these two cities. This workshop helped them in discovering how their heritage is rich, divers and valuable. It also helped them in improving their skills in using cutting-edges techniques in documenting and advertising their heritage.
3. Developing the ability of the academic staff in carrying out survey and documentation of the heritage buildings and conducting interviews and reviewing historical texts to write articles and disseminations their work locally and internationally.
• Economic and societal impact of the outcomes
1. Encouraging local stakeholders to focus on heritages related business such as partnership with the local museums
2. People started thinking about investing in souvenir shops in Diwniyah and Samawa as they found out that these two cites have rich local heritages.
3. Several families have contacted our team to get some advice about how to document and advertise the inherited assets that considered as heritages assets .
• Detail any steps towards better gender balance, equal opportunities
1. All the activities of our project included women so that the local people and our audience understand the importance of the gender quality.
2. Two of our team member are young female and they are active on Twitter.
3. The head of the Heritage office in Samawa is a female and she is fully engaging and all of our activities.
4. More than half our participants are female
• Additional partnerships and collaborations that arose following these events. Do you believe these will extend beyond the lifetime of the award?
1. The project shows good partnership between four public institutions namely , Al-Qadisiyah University, Al-Muthannah University, Diwaniyah City Heritage Office and Samawa City Heritage Office.
2. It is obvious that this project has established a subsumable policy about how multi public institutions can work together not only in this project but for several project in the future because it is for interest of everyone to work together.
3. These four public institutions have established good relations with other stakeholders including local and international bodies
• Have these activities lead to opportunities to obtain funding from other sources?
Yes, members of the get funded form BISI, TARII, AFAC and ALIPH as a result of developing ideas form this project.
• Have these activities influenced policy and practice in anyway? Please detail how.
Yes, as the focus of this project will be on people and cultural groups through a study of the physical heritage of these two cities, it contributed in convincing the local stakeholders that it worthwhile to invest in heritage and encouraged them to raise awareness about how important to study and protect heritage. Consequently, several stakeholders have offered our team some help in conducting several parts of the project. Another example is that people started to call for establishing small museums in heritage buildings with the cooperation with the local government to keep so many valuable heritages artefacts in it.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://m.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1504220506635843&id=1019207265137172
 
Description Tour guide for the Marshes and Antiquities of Southern Iraq 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The aims of the workshops were training participants to prepare them as tour guides and connecting them with their cultural and heritage. The social effect of these events contributed to establishing social and scientific relations with Al-Muthanna University, Marshes Research Centre, College of Archaeology and Centre for Historical Studies at Thi-Qar University, Thi-Qar Archaeology Directorate, Thi-Qar Education Directorate and Basra Archaeology Directorate. More than 50% of the audience was made up by women, which demonstrated an acknowledgement of their enhanced participation and new opportunities for contributions and participation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://art.utq.edu.iq/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2020/08/page_1.png
 
Description Tourist guide for the antiquities and marshes of southern Iraq 'the tourist map of Thi-Qar province' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact International scientific conference titled "Tourist guide for the antiquities and marshes of southern Iraq 'the tourist map of Thi-Qar province" held at Nahrain University in Baghdad on 30/08/2020. Attendance 80 and the audience mainly consisted of University teachers from Iraq as well as other universities from Egypt, USA and Malaysia. The conference aimed to establishing the concept of relying on scientific studies to develop the environment of marshes as source of economic of Iraq.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://nahrainuniv.edu.iq/ar/node/7942
 
Description Twitter @nahreinnetwork 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The PI Eleanor Robson runs a very active and engaged Twitter channel, posting several times a week and more often when project members are in Iraq. It has been of major importance in promoting our work and our ethos to influencers, especially international diplomats, ministers, and journalists. We also reach a large audience of academics (including potential grantees) and the interested general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://twitter.com/NahreinNetwork
 
Description Visiting Scholar Dr Alaa Hamdoon - scholarship engagement activities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Alaa gave a talk at a UK Parliament event under the title "The sustainable development of heritage and archaeology in post-ISIS Northern Iraq'' pm 13/03/2020; he discussed issues around the Mosul University Library and cultural heritage.
He also participated at the London Book Fair with Bookaid international, where he also spoke on the subject - 12/03/2019
On 17 June 2019 Dr Alaa took part at a drinks reception at the Kings Library Gallery at the British Library, where alongside Book Aid Internationa and guest speaker John Simpson he used the occasion to highlight the importance of supporting conflict-affected territories like Mosul and how the Book Aid partnership helped restock the Mosul University Library after its destruction.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Visiting Scholar Dr Maher Al Helii engagement activities during scholarship 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Maher Al-Helii gave a lecture in the Sheffield University History Department on Old history of Iraq and medieval ages to undergraduate students
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Workshop on Visiting Scholarship Scheme, Mosul, Janaury 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I gave a presentation on the Nahrein Network and its partners' Visiting Scholarship Scheme; the workshop entailed discussion of all aspects of the scheme, including examples of successful applications and the processes associated with submission.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Zheen Archive - Colonialism, The Social Sciences and Kurdish Heritage 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact attended by 80 people , including experts from different sectors, representatives of the media and public sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Zheen Archive - Opening of the Taufiq Wahby Library 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact On Saturday the 31st of October, at 10:00 a.m., during a small private ceremony attended by the directors of Zheen Mr. Rafiq and Sdiq Salih, the director of the Kurdistan Institution, Professor Polla Khanaqa, and the director of the Nahrein Network (via a recorded video) from London, along with a number of esteemed guests- the Kurdish scholar M. Jamal A'bdul, Zheen Rafiq Hilmi (Hilmi's youngest and only surviving daughter) and Dr. Nian N. Fuad Masti (a relative of Taufiq Wahby Beg), and other guests the Wahby library was opened at Zheen Centre. Due to the Covid 19 emergency and following local health guidelines, the event was kept private. The event was publicised via the three major satellite channels, Kurdsat, Rudaw and GK TV.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020