The Nahrein Network


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Find out what's going on with the Nahrein Network. Catch up on our latest news or register for upcoming events and workshops.

Spotlight On... Meyihar Kathem


Meet Meyihar Kathem, Senior Researcher at UCL’s History Department and Nahrein Network Deputy Director. Discover more about his work at the network and his research on Iraq's cultural heritage and support for Iraqi academics. Meyihar won't joke around, but find out why he won't take life seriously.

Read more here: https://bit.ly/3wJ3xZJ

Documenting, contextualising and planning for an ancient Assyrian heritage site in post-ISIS Iraq

Following an ISIS terrorist attack on Nimrud, Iraq, in 2015, Professor Eleanor Robson's research on the site’s ancient and modern history helped raise awareness of its global significance.

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Hear about Professor Eleanor Robson’s research on the ancient city of Nimrud in Iraq and how it enabled cultural heritage organisations, news media and policymakers to understand the site's importance as the world’s first imperial capital.

Professor Eleanor Robson, Department of History, UCL
Louise Haxthausen, UNESCO Representative to the European Union
Maryam Maruf, Journalist, BBC World Service

Read more here: bit.ly/UCLREF2021_heritage

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Cultural Heritage: Projects & Partnerships in Iraq

UCL's Nahrein Network Director Professor Eleanor Robson and Deputy Director Dr Mehiyar Kathem visited Baghdad last week, where they held an event in the Baghdadi Cultural Centre in Mutanabbi to celebrate the completion of Nahrein Network funded projects by Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) since 2017.

The event was chaired by former Nahrein Network - The British Institute for the Study of Iraq (BISI) Visiting Scholar Professor Ali Naji Attiyah of Kufa University. Principal Investigators came from different parts of Iraq including Anbar, Nineveh, Baghdad, Divala, Najaf, Babylon, Salahadeen, Qadissiyah and Thi Qar to present their projects. 

Nahrein Network – Chatham House

As part of the Nahrein Network – Chatham House collaboration to explore the future of cultural heritage in Iraq and its role for rebuilding society and reconstruction, we are pleased to present the newly launched research paper, Cultural heritage predation in Iraq: The sectarian appropriation of Iraq's past. In English and Arabic.

The Nahrein Network Podcast is now on UCL Minds

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The Nahrein Network Podcast is now available on UCL Minds. More episodes coming soon

Decolonising the Excavation Licence in Iraq

Read Dr. Jaafar Jotheri’s new blog post on 10 suggestions for reforming excavation permits in Iraq.

The Wonder House Podcast

A mini season of podcast interviews with the Nahrein Network team focusing on the project's history and achievements.

Listen to Digital Nomads podcast with Dr. Salah Hatem and Dr. Jaafar Jotheri: Iraqi Bedouin & Intangible Cultural Heritage

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