Date: October 24–26, 2008
Location: Elm Tree House, Mt. Hope Farm, Williams College, Williamstown, MA
Description: Conference entitled “Re-thinking the Revolution: Perspectives on 1958.” Participants included Peter Sluglett, Orit Bashkin, Dina Khoury, McGuire Gibson, Eric Davis, Reidar Visser, Larry Tucker, Adeed Dawisha, Michaelle Browers, Bill Darrow, Holly Edwards, Hala Fattah, Waiel Hindo, Abbas Kadhim, Mina Marefat, Michael Macdonald, James McAllister, Mary Nolan, and Juan Romero. The keynote speech was delivered by Ervand Abrahamian. This meeting, which revisited the nature of the events of 1958 in Iraq and their significance into the present, was TAARII’s first Fellows Conference.
Additional Information: For pictures from the event and a summary of the conference, please see “Rethinking the 1958 Revolution” by Magnus T. Berhardsson in the Spring 2009 TAARII Newsletter, Issue 04-01.
Date: November 2008
Location: Annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), Washington, D.C.
Description: TAARII sponsored two panels: “Rethinking the 1958 Coup in Iraq,” which was a summary of the Fellows Conference for the broader Middle East Studies community; and “The Role of Academics in Building Civil Society in Iraq.” The latter planned to feature papers by three Iraqi scholars, but two did not receive visas. A third presented a paper, along with Dr. Abbas Kadhim, to carry the session.
Date: November 20, 2008
Location: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Description: A roundtable on the role of academics in building civil society in Iraq. Two of three invited Iraqi scholars were unable to attend; one scholar from Iraq and Dr. Abbas Kadhim read and discussed papers on the topic.
Additional Information: Please see “The State of Iraqi Higher Education” by Abbas Kadhim in the Spring 2009 TAARII Newsletter, Issue 04-01.
Date: November 13, 2008
Location: Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Description: TAARII co-sponsored a lecture by Priya Satia, of Stanford University, entitled “The Defense of Inhumanity: Air Control and the Culture of British Intelligence-Gathering in Iraq.” Co-sponsors included CMES, the Nicholson Center, and The Oriental Institute, at the University of Chicago.
Additional Information: For a review of the lecture, please see “The Defense of Inhumanity: Air Control and the Culture of British Intelligence-Gathering in Iraq” by Ruth Berry in the Spring 2009 TAARII Newsletter, Issue 04-01.
Date: January 2008
Description: TAARII supported the U.S. university lecture tour of Dr. Reidar Visser of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. Dr. Visser spoke at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, the University of Chicago, and George Washington University. His lecture was entitled, “Partition Iraq? Imperial Iraq Strategies from Suleiman the Magnificent to Joseph Biden.”
Date: January 2008
Location: Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
Description: TAARII sponsored the participation of Dr. Donny George Youkhanna, former Director of the National Museum in Iraq and of Iraq’s State Board of Antiquities, in a panel in conjunction with the show, “Consuming War” at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. The slow included a piece by artist Michael Rakowitz that addresses the life and work of Donny George. Donny George, Michael Rakowitz, and TAARII President McGuire Gibson participated in a joint conversation about Iraq’s National Museum and the significance of its fragile existence in a zone of war. TAARII also contributed to an event in conjunction, entitled “Enemy Kitchen” at the Experimental Station in Hyde Park, in which Michael Rakowitz led participants in the preparation of a family recipe of Baghdadi cuisine.
Additional Information: For pictures from the event and for the recipe prepared at the “Enemy Kitchen,” please see the Spring 2008 TAARII Newsletter, Issue 03-01.
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