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Thursday 15th June 2017, 5.45pm
MBI Al Jaber Building, London Middle East Institute, SOAS

Iraq’s Oil Cultures before the Revolution

Dr Nelida Fuccaro, Reader in Modern History of the Middle East, SOAS

This lecture will discuss how the development of the oil industry affected the lives of Iraqis before the 1958 Revolution and explain the dual and contradictory nature of early oil development both as a blessing and a curse. It will illustrate how oil transformed the landscape of towns and cities, particularly Kirkuk, created new forms of popular protest and corporate cultures, and affected those working in the oil industry. It will also show how the Iraq Petroleum Company was able to influence politics and society, and the everyday lives of its Iraqi employees through several propaganda efforts that aimed at presenting oil modernization as Iraq's glowing future.

Dr. Nelida Fuccaro is a historian of the modern Middle East with an interest in interdisciplinary and cross-regional approaches to the study of the region. Her research has focused on the Arab States of the Persian Gulf, Iraq and Syria with particular reference to the social and cultural history of oil, urban history, violence, ethnicity, nationalism and frontier societies. She is the author of The Other Kurds: Yazidis in Colonial Iraq (London: IB Tauris, 1999), Histories of City and State in the Persian Gulf: Manama since 1800 (Cambridge University Press, 2009, paperback 2011), the guest editor of the thematic contribution ‘Histories of Oil and Urban Modernity in the Middle East’ in Comparative Studies in South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2013), and the editor of Violence and the City in the Modern Middle East (Stanford University Press, 2016).

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