Date: December 2007
Location: Kevorkian Center, New York University, New York, NY
Description: TAARII sponsored the attendance of Dr. Maysoon Pachachi at the Second Annual Middle East Film Festival at the Kevorkian Center of NYU. Dr. Pachachi is an Iraqi film director and the co-founder of the Independent Film and Television College (IFTC) in Baghdad. Dr. Pachachi spoke about the relationship between cinematography and democracy in Iraq and throughout the Middle East.
Additional Information: For more information about the festival and the IFTC, please see “The Independent Film and Television College in Baghdad” by Rasha Salti in the Spring 2008 TAARII Newsletter, Issue 03-01.
Date: November 2007
Location: Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association, Montreal, Québec
Description: TAARII sponsored a special session at MESA entitled “Writing the Oral History of Modern Iraq” chaired by Dina Khoury. TAARII also sponsored the visit of Dr. Saad Eskander to MESA, who participated in the TAARII-sponsored session on the protection and management of archives and libraries during wartime, “Iraqi Libraries and Archives in a Time of Invasion, Chaos, and Civil Conflict: Status and Prospects.”
While in the U.S., Dr. Eskander also spoke at the Boston Public Library and at Harvard University, won an award from the Scone Foundation in New York, where he spoke at the New York Public Library, and won the 2007 Academic Freedom Award at MESA. He also appeared on the Charlie Rose Show and was interviewed for the Boston Globe.
Additional Information: For more information on the MESA panel, please see “Writing on the Oral History of Modern Iraq” by Dina R. Khoury in the Spring 2008 TAARII Newsletter, Issue 03-01. For more information on Dr. Eskander, please see “Dr. Saad Eskander Visits North America, November, 2007” by Jeff Spurr in the Spring 2008 TAARII Newsletter, Issue 03-01.
Date: October 26–28, 2007
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Description: TAARII co-sponsored with the Hollings Center a meeting entitled “Unity and Diversity in Iraq: The Nation’s Past and Future,” in Istanbul, Turkey. This meeting, which was closed to the public, assembled scholars and intellectuals from Iraq, its neighbors, Western Europe, and the U.S. to discuss relationships among Iraq’s religious, ethnic, and cultural sub-populations and the country’s neighbors. The interdisciplinary meeting examined regionalism in Iraq in the context of political, ideological, and administrative decentralization. Building on historical understandings of particular regions and identities within Iraq, the conference considered new developments regarding oil, regionalism, and federalisms as they pertain to sectarian divisions, tribal re-groupings, and urban–rural relationships, political re-alignments, and the role of neighboring states.
Additional Information: For more details and pictures from this event, please see the “Executive Director’s Report” by Stephanie Platz in the Spring 2008 TAARII Newsletter, Issue 03-01.
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