The Nahrein Network



Interview with Dr Robert Bewley, Director of EAMENA

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The Nahrein Network interviews Oxford University based archaeologist Dr Robert Bewley, Project Director and Co-founder of the EAMENA project.


Interview with Professor Graeme Barker about Shanidar Cave

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The Nahrein Network had the pleasure of speaking with one of the world's foremost archaeologists, Professor Graeme Barker.

Professor Barker, Senior Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, speaks here about his recent work in the Shanidar Cave in the province of Erbil.


Interview with founders of Mosul Book Bridge

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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

Building a heritage network in Iraqi Kurdistan - An interview with Dr Rozhen Kamal Mohammed Amin

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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'.

The Wolf of Baghdad - A conversation with Carol Isaacs and Daniel Jonas

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


The link to the song by the Kuwaiti Brothers at the beginning of the podcast: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybw7INieV…V10&start_radio=1

Art heritage in Iraq - Dr Ahmed Naji

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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.

Director of Mosul University Libraries, Mohammed Jasim Aal-Hajiahmed, the

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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.

Museums in Iraq - Paul Collins at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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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.

Building interactive learning environments - Rozhen Mohammed of Sulaimani Polytechnic University

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Dr Rozhen Mohammed, an architect and urban planner and head of the Digital Cultural Heritage Research Group at Sulaimani Polytechnic University, speaks about using interactive technologies to create a better museum experience in Iraqi Kurdistan and its importance in improving public engagement in cultural heritage.

Dr Rozhen is a recipient of the Nahrein Network and British Institute for the Study of Iraq Visiting Scholarships Scheme.

UNESCO in Iraq - Louise Haxthausen, Director of the UNESCO Office for Iraq

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Director of the UNESCO Office for Iraq, Louise Haxthausen, speaks about the rebuilding of Mosul and national and international efforts to revive its spirit of co-existence, learning and education.

Louise Haxthausen also speaks about the importance of a $50m contribution from the Government of the UAE to rebuild the destroyed al Nuri Mosque complex and the Habda Minerat, and the role of intangible heritage as an essential part of reconstruction.

Tourism in Iraq - Ali al-Makhzomy, founder of BilWeekend tour company

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The Nahrein Network speaks to Mr Ali al-Makhzomy, founder of Bilweekend tour company in Iraq, which caters to local tourists.

Mr al-Makhzomy was awarded a research grant by the Nahrein Network and partner, the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, to undertake research on developing new methods to strengthen Iraq's tourism infrastructure.

The Nahrein Network is supported by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Global Challenges Research Fund.

For further information on the Visiting Iraqi Scholarships Scheme visit the Nahrein Network's website on www.ucl.ac.uk/nahrein/visiting-scholarships

You can learn more about Mr Al-Makhzomy's work via his facebook page: www.facebook.com/BilWeekend/

Watercrafts and heritage in Iraq - Rashad Salim of Safina Projects

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Safina Projects Director, Rashad Salim, provides an insightful overview of Iraq's water based heritage, his Ark Re-Imagined project, and the role of local agency in revitalising the country's heritage and connections to the environment.

For further information on Safina Projects go to www.safinaprojects.org

Safina Projects is one of the Nahrein Networks' partners working on the sustainable development of cultural heritage in Iraq.

The Nahrein Network is a UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and Global Challenges Research Fund supported project based at University College London.

For further information on the Nahrein Network visit www.ucl.ac.uk/nahrein or email us on nahrein@ucl.ac.uk