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Challenging Archives: Reflecting on the Centenary of Iraq The School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Newcastle University is hosting a series of public lectures via zoom by Iraqi academics 1st – 5th March (see below for more information) on the current situation for museums and cultural sites in Iraq, as well reflecting on the resources offered by the Gertrude Bell Archives. To register for these talks, please sign up via the Newcastle University Events Pagewww.ncl.ac.uk/events/noticeboard/item/challengingarchivesreflectingonthecentenaryofiraq.html In addition to these lectures, HCA will be posting some asynchronous materials on Canvas daily during enrichment week that offer information on the Gertrude Bell Archives, which in 2017 was added to the UNESCO Memory of the World Register in recognition of its global significance. This material includes an introduction to the Gertrude Bell Archive, its contents and how you can access it. We will also offer an overview of decolonisation in the context of the archives, including what it means and how it can be achieved. Additionally, the Great North Museum will provide a short presentation on the history of the Iraq Museum in Baghdad, exploring Gertrude Bell’s role in its creation and its importance in forging a sense of Iraqi identity. You can also view a virtual tour of the GNM’s recent exhibition on Ancient Iraq. If you would like to be added to this Canvas site, please contact Dr Claire Stocks, School of History, Classics, and Archaeology (claire.stocks@newcastle.ac.uk) List of Talks:Monday 1st March, 12pm-1pm: Dr Sana Al-Naimi, External teacher and design tutor at the School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape, Newcastle University and RIBA Chartered ArchitectArchives as Sites of Contention Tuesday 2nd March, 2pm-3pm: Dr Abdulameer Al-Hamdani, Former Minister of Culture, IraqDocumenting Iraq's Archaeological Heritage: A New Surveys and Digital Database Wednesday 3rd March, 12pm-1pm: Dr Mehiyar Kathem, Research Associate at UCL and Nahrein Network CoordinatorCultural Heritage in Iraq today Thursday 4th March, 12pm-1pm: Dr Jaafar Jotheri, Assistant Professor in Geoarchaeology, Vice Dean, Faulty of Archaeology, University of Al-QadisiyahThe importance of documenting the landscape archaeology of southern Mesopotamia Friday 5th March, 6pm-7pm: Discussion session with the producers of ‘Letters from Baghdad’ Sabine Krayenbühl and Zeva Oelbaum hosted by Dr Sana Al-Naimi ... See MoreSee Less

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