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

Exploring the lives of Iraq's oil workers before the 1958 Revolution

Since its discovery in the late 1920s oil has been a key commodity in modern Iraq. In this talk, Dr Nelida Fuccaro will explore the lives and cultures of Iraq’s oil workers before the 1958 Revolution, contrasting the often turbulent landscape of Kirkuk and the more peaceful and positive image of the oil bonaza popularized by the Iraq Petroleum Company (IPC).

Dr Fuccaro will present some of the striking press and visual materials that she has discovered in the IPC and other archives. You can also help with Dr Fuccaro’s project to collect oral histories connected to the oil industry by sharing your stories, memories and photos during the evening.

Dr Nelida Fuccaro is a Reader in the Modern History of the Middle East at SOAS. She specialises in the history of the modern Middle East with a focus on the Arab World and its frontier societies, particularly Iraq, Persian Gulf, Arabian Peninsula, Kurdistan and Iran. She is the author of The Other Kurds: Yazidis in Colonial Iraq and the co-editor of the forthcoming publication, Urban Violence in the Middle East: Changing Cityscapes in the Transition from Empire to Nation State.

This talk is the first in a series of events organised by The British Institute for the Study Of Iraq with the Iraqi Cultural Centre, exploring ancient, medieval and modern Iraq.


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Date and Time:

11 December 2014 at 6:30 pm


1 hour



Iraqi Cultural Centre UK
Threshold House
65 Shepherd's Bush Green
W12 8TX
+44 (0)2087406389
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The British Institute for the Study of Iraq
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