The Nahrein Network


Updates and events

First four Research Grant Awards announced (14.08.2018)

The Nahrein Network is delighted to announce the first four projects funded by its Research Grants Awards

  • A cultural heritage network for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq: challenges and opportunities (Sulaimani Polytechnic University with the Universities of Leicester and Reading)
  • Integrating comprehensive, cross-community history with reconciliation and heritage protection (Qadissiyah University with the Arab Human Rights Academy
  • Post-conflict textile crafts of Iraq: scoping study of Samawah and Erbil (Middlesex University with Safina Projects, Khawla Bint Alzwar Feminist Association, and the Kurdish Textile Museum)
  • Thesiger's Tarada: Using art to reconnect the archival, local, and archaeological strata of memory of Iraq's vernacular watercraft heritage (Safina Projects with the Pitt Rivers Museum, Basrah Museum, and Nature Iraq)

Find out more about these projects at the UCL History Department's website.

The next round of the Research Grants Awards scheme is now open. Find out how to apply.

Podcast interview with Network co-director Dr Paul Collins, Keeper of the Ancient Near East at the Ashmolean Museum (13.08.2018)

Listen to Dr Paul Collins and Dr Mehiyar Kathem discuss the growing role of museums in allowing people to reclaim their heritage, not just in Iraq but across the world. They talk about the ways in which the Nahrein Network hopes to contribute to this new way of giving new meaning to museums in Iraq and beyond.

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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.


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.