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

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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 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 A Cultural Heritage Network for the Kurdistan Region: Challenges and Opportunities 
Organisation Sulaimani Polytechnic 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
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
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 Outcomes will be reported in depth after the conclusion of the project.
Start Year 2019
 
Description A Society in the Wind - Call to Rehabilitate a War Torn Community - Mosul 
Organisation University of Mosul
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 Outcomes will be reported in depth after the conclusion of the project.
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
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 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 Iraqi Museums network 
Organisation British Institute for the Study of Iraq
Country Unknown 
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 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 Outcomes will be reported in depth after the conclusion of the project.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Revive the Spirit of Mosul 
Organisation United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
Country Global 
Sector Public 
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 so far: 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 so far: A Society in the Wind: Call to Rehabilitate a War Torn Community - Mosul (Nineveh University and Mosul University); and Community Heritage of Mosul (Mosul University).
Start Year 2017
 
Description Revive the Spirit of Mosul 
Organisation University of Mosul
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 so far: 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 so far: A Society in the Wind: Call to Rehabilitate a War Torn Community - Mosul (Nineveh University and Mosul University); and Community Heritage of Mosul (Mosul University).
Start Year 2017
 
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 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
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 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 will arrive 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, in order to conduct research to develop 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 Ali Naji of the University of Kufa, hosted by the Bartlett, University College London, to research he 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 adovacy through case-study analysis of Iraqi religious and non-religous heritage in crisis
Start Year 2017
 
Description Visiting scholarships 
Organisation British Institute for the Study of Iraq
Country Unknown 
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 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 will arrive 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, in order to conduct research to develop 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 Ali Naji of the University of Kufa, hosted by the Bartlett, University College London, to research he 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 adovacy through case-study analysis of Iraqi religious and non-religous heritage in crisis
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 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 will arrive 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, in order to conduct research to develop 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 Ali Naji of the University of Kufa, hosted by the Bartlett, University College London, to research he 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 adovacy through case-study analysis of Iraqi religious and non-religous heritage in crisis
Start Year 2017
 
Description Visiting scholarships 
Organisation Iran Heritage Foundation
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 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 will arrive 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, in order to conduct research to develop 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 Ali Naji of the University of Kufa, hosted by the Bartlett, University College London, to research he 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 adovacy through case-study analysis of Iraqi religious and non-religous heritage in crisis
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 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 will arrive 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, in order to conduct research to develop 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 Ali Naji of the University of Kufa, hosted by the Bartlett, University College London, to research he 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 adovacy through case-study analysis of Iraqi religious and non-religous heritage in crisis
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 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 will arrive 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, in order to conduct research to develop 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 Ali Naji of the University of Kufa, hosted by the Bartlett, University College London, to research he 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 adovacy through case-study analysis of Iraqi religious and non-religous heritage in crisis
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 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 will arrive 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, in order to conduct research to develop 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 Ali Naji of the University of Kufa, hosted by the Bartlett, University College London, to research he 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 adovacy through case-study analysis of Iraqi religious and non-religous heritage in crisis
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 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 will arrive 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, in order to conduct research to develop 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 Ali Naji of the University of Kufa, hosted by the Bartlett, University College London, to research he 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 adovacy through case-study analysis of Iraqi religious and non-religous heritage in crisis
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 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 will arrive 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, in order to conduct research to develop 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 Ali Naji of the University of Kufa, hosted by the Bartlett, University College London, to research he 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 adovacy through case-study analysis of Iraqi religious and non-religous heritage in crisis
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 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 will arrive 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, in order to conduct research to develop 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 Ali Naji of the University of Kufa, hosted by the Bartlett, University College London, to research he 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 adovacy through case-study analysis of Iraqi religious and non-religous heritage in crisis
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 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 will arrive 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, in order to conduct research to develop 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 Ali Naji of the University of Kufa, hosted by the Bartlett, University College London, to research he 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 adovacy through case-study analysis of Iraqi religious and non-religous heritage in crisis
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 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 will arrive 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, in order to conduct research to develop 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 Ali Naji of the University of Kufa, hosted by the Bartlett, University College London, to research he 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 adovacy through case-study analysis of Iraqi religious and non-religous heritage in crisis
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 "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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Counci
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://soundcloud.com/nahreinnetwork/guidance-for-applicants-to-the-visiting-iraqi-scholarships-sch...
 
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 - 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 - 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 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 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 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