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Dr Nelida Fuccaro on 'Oil Cultures in Iraq under the Monarchy'

Exploration of Oil Cultures & Lives after the 1958 Revolution

Since its discovery in the late 1920s oil has been a key commodity in modern Iraq. This lecture presents contrasting aspects of oil lives and cultures before the 1958 Revolution. On the one hand, it traces the often turbulent social, political and urban landscape of Kirkuk, the historical capital of Iraq’s oil industry. On the other, it follows a more peaceful and positive image of Iraq’s oil bonanza as popularised by the Iraq Petroleum Company (IPC) which controlled the oil industry before nationalisation. Particularly in the 1950s the Company increasingly used the press and visual materials such as photographs, films and posters to publicize happy and fulfilled images of oil life that featured prominently IPC’s Iraqi employees, their working and family lives, and modern urban environments.


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Date and Time:

19 June 2014 at 6:00 pm


1 hour



The British Institute for the Study of Iraq
The British Academy
10 Carlton House Terrace
020 7969 5274

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