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Podcast interview with Mr Mohammed Jasim Aal-Hajjiahmed, Director of Mosul University Libraries (14.07.2018)

Listen to Mr Mohammed Jasim talk to Dr Mehiyar Kathem about his role as Director of Mosul University Libraries, and the central role of universities and libraries in the city's intellectual life. He explains the extraordinary work going on to bring the University of Mosul back to life, and his international campaign to revitalise the library. Mohammed is a recipient of a Nahrein-BISI Visiting Scholarship, to be held at the British Library, as part of UNESCO's Revive the Spirit of Mosul initiative. 

 Podcast interview with Dr Rozhen Mohammed-Amin of Sulaimani Polytechnic University (13.07.2018)

Here 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.

Podcast interview with Louise Haxthausen of UNESCO Iraq (10.07.2018)

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.

Podcast interview with Ali Al-Makhzomy of Bil Weekend (25.06.2018)

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. 

Podcast interview with Rashad Salim of Safina Projects (22.06.2018)

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.

Postdoctoral position available at University of Kurdistan Hewler (29.05.2018)

Applications are now open for the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Kurdistan-Hewlêr, Erbil, to research the politics and/or sociology of the sustainable development of cultural heritage in the region. 

Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant field. The post starts on 1 September 2018 and is funded for three years.

Access the job description and application form at the UKH website.

Visiting Iraqi Scholarships: first awards announced (11.05.2018)

The Network has announced the first round of its Visiting Iraqi Scholarships. To read more about the successful candidates, visit the UCL History news page. The next deadline for applications to the scholarship scheme is 15th August 2018.

Nahrein Network hosts Iraqi Minister (26.01.2018)

On 24 January 2018, the Iraqi Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr Abdulrazzak al Issa, visited at the invitation of Professor Eleanor Robson two of the Nahrein Network's UK partners, the British Library and the National Archives. Read more about the visit on the UCL History news page.

Nahrein Network team visits Baghdad (05.01.2018)

UCL's Nahrein Network team visited Baghdad in December 2017 to develop collaborative research partnerships with Iraqi universities, domestic organisations, and government institutions. Read more about the visit on the UCL History news page.