Call for Papers: Iraq – 10 years on

Iraq – 10 years on
conflicts – migrations – futures
a multi-disciplinary conference at The American University in Cairo(Tahrir Campus)
3-4 June 2013

March 19 2003 was one of the signal moments of the early 21st century. Invasion of Iraq, followed by “regime change” and transformation of the political system, was to have profound consequences – locally, regionally and at the global level. These have seldom been examined systematically: with partial withdrawal of occupying armies the Iraq crisis is often declared to be “over”, its impacts largely ignored by politicians and media outside the country.

A decade after the events of 2003, this conference considers how invasion, occupation and reconstruction have affected Iraq, Iraqis, and regional and international politics. It addresses four key issues:

 political and economic change     outcomes for regional/ international politics
 migration in and from Iraq         cultural impacts in Iraq and the diaspora

Iraq and the region
Few societies have undergone such rapid and controversial change as that experienced in Iraq since 2003. The political order has been radically reshaped, a new economic agenda has been emplaced and Kurdish regional authorities have assumed a governmental role. Iraq has meanwhile become one of the world’s largest source countries for refugees; almost equal numbers of Iraqis have been “internally” displaced.

People formerly excluded from Iraqi politics have secured new positions of authority, while some who enjoyed privileged status have been marginalised. Inequalities have become more pronounced: a minority has been enriched, while millions of Iraqis have for the first time been classified as “urban poor”. Similar changes are evident in a diaspora that has increased greatly in size and extent – some refugees have prospered while most face economic disadvantage and general insecurity.

There have been significant impacts in the Arab region. Protests over invasion and occupation of Iraq have contributed to grassroots activism – especially in Egypt, where they are seen retrospectively as markers of change that finally brought revolution in 2011. The idea of “regime change” by means of external intervention continues to influence debates on political transformation, notably in the cases of Libya and Syria. At the same time, Iraqis – now widely dispersed across the Arab region – have been largely excluded from public discussion about events which profoundly changed their lives.

Papers and publications
Iraq – 10 Years On will take place on 3 and 4 June 2013 at the Tahrir Campus of The American University in Cairo. It will be hosted by AUC’s Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS), School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP), and sponsored by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.The organisers invite papers, including joint contributions and panels, from across the academic disciplines and especially from social scientists, historians and others who have recently conducted research on Iraq and Iraqis. We also invite participation from writers, artists, film-makers and others involved in cultural activity. Key papers will be published in one or more volumes which will break new ground by reflecting on the long-term outcomes of 2003 for Iraq and its people, and the impact of recent events upon Arab society.

There will be limited funding available to support travel and accommodation in Cairo: priority will be given to Iraqi scholars and researchers, and to young academics. Please send an abstract of not more than 300 words to the Organising Committee, email: by 31 January 2013.

The Organising Committee is convened by: Prof Keiko Sakai (Chiba University, Japan),
Prof Ibrahim Awad (The American University in Cairo), Prof Dawn Chatty (University of Oxford),
Prof Raymond Hinnebusch (University of St Andrews), Prof. Mahmoud al-Qaysi (University of Baghdad)
and Prof Philip Marfleet (University of East London)

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