The Nahrein Network



Nahrein Network Colloquium: Achievements & Ambitions

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This event brought together our devolved projects’ Principal Investigators and our Visiting Scholars celebrating what we achieved together over the past four years of AHRC-GCRF funding. We also presented our future plans as we transition into the gift funding. 

Nahrein Network: Achievements and Ambitions

Programme for 8–9 September 2021

Session 1: Plural heritage: documenting and celebrating diversity


  • Dr Jaafar Jotheri, Al-Qadissiyah University, Co-Director of the Nahrein Network

Featured projects:

  • Babylon: modern heritage or ancient ruin? — Dr Jasim Al-Janabi, University of Babil and Mr Ammar Altaee, Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and Heritage
  • Minority heritage of Baghdad — Dr Zainab Alwaeli, Al-Mustansiriyah University, Iraq
  • Open educational resources for cultural heritage education in Iraq — Professor Robin Shields, University of Bristol, UK
  • Owning the Past: rethinking and redisplaying Middle Eastern antiquity at the Ashmolean Museum — Dr Paul Collins, Ashmolean Museum, UK
  • Plural heritage landscapes of Najaf: Christian heritage — Dr Khalid Al-Hussainy and Mr Aqeel Jahil, University of Kufa, Iraq
  • The Shrine of the Prophet Uzayr — Professor Abdulrahim H. Atia, University of Misan, Iraq

Session 2: Heritage in the landscape: marshes and deserts, villages and towns


  • Dr Paul Collins, Ashmolean Museum Oxford, Co-Director of the Nahrein Network

Featured projects:

  • Creating an intangible cultural heritage module: Iraq’s Bedouin — Dr Salah Hatem, Al-Qadissiyah University, Iraq
  • Developing the Iraqi marshland tourist experience — Dr Raheem Al-Abdan, University of Thi-Qar, Iraq
  • Dictionary of colloquial and Marsh Arabic dialects in southern Iraq — Dr Hussein Ridha, University of Thi-Qar, Iraq
  • Living heritage of Diwaniyah and Samawa — Dr Jaafar Jotheri, Al-Qadissiyah University, Iraq
  • Post-conflict heritage recovery and development in Erbil’s rural periphery — Professor Howayda Al-Harithi, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Session 3: Heritage after conflict: remembering, regrouping, rebuilding


  • Dr Rozhen Mohammed-Amin, Sulaimani Polytechnic University, Co-Director of the Nahrein Network

Featured projects:

  • Documenting local archives on the British Colonial Period in Slemani — Dr Shenah Abdullah, Kurdistan Institution for Strategic Studies and Scientific Research, KRI
  • Digital documentation of conflict-affected heritage sites in Anbar province — Dr Abdul-azez Abbas, University of Al-Anbar, Iraq
  • Digital documentation of conflict-affected heritage sites in Tikrit province — Dr Khalil Aljobory, University of Tikrit, Iraq
  • Historical memory and heritage amongst displaced communities in Cilicia — Dr Emre Ṣerifoğlu, Koç University, Turkey
  • Post-ISIS identity in war-torn areas: Al-Karma as case study — Dr Dhiaa Karim, University of Kufa, Iraq
  • The impact of armed conflicts on cultural heritage in Diyala province — Dr Saif Tawfeeq Ibrahaim, University of Diyala

Session 4: Heritage in partnership: from Visiting Scholarships to the next 10 years


  • Dr Mehiyar Kathem, University College London, Deputy Director of the Nahrein Network

Featured Visiting Scholarships:

  • Eco-museums for cultural heritage and sustainable tourism — Dr Mustafa Doğan, Batman University, Turkey/University of Reading/BIAA
  • Emotions and storytelling with VR for Slemani Museum — Dr Rozhen Mohammed-Amin, Sulaimani Polytechnic University, Kurdistan Region of Iraq/University of Glasgow/BISI
  • Intangible cultural heritage of Najaf — Dr Ali Naji Attiyah, University of Kufa, Iraq/University College London/BISI
  • Mosul University Library — Dr Mohammed Jasim, University of Mosul/British Library/BISI
  • Teaching medieval history in Iraq — Prof. Maher Al-Helli, Al-Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad/University of Sheffield/BISI

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