Welcome to Archive Iraq

Archive Iraq will be a one-stop, open access resource of historical materials on various aspects of Iraqi history for students, educators, and scholars. Unlike traditional archives, we utilize an environment of open access platforms to make everything from the primary sources to original scholarship free and accessible to the public. Our collections will be released to the public in memoriam of the 20th anniversary of the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq on March 19, 2023.

Call for Papers

March 19, 2023 Workshop

Abstracts due July 1, 2022

Archive Iraq invites submissions for a March 19, 2023 workshop in memoriam of the 2003 U.S. invasion. We invite scholars of any discipline to contribute 5,000 word pieces in Arabic or in English to be circulated in advance of a workshop held in March 2023. Scholars are invited to describe a portion of the historical events involving U.S.-led military coercion in Iraq since 2003. Contributors are encouraged to gather and incorporate as many primary sources as possible, with emphasis on those documents that are in the public domain (released government documents, etc.).

While this workshop is meant to gather an intellectual community to debate and hone conceptual frameworks, the primary purpose of this effort is to build an archive and gather documents into one place, together. Our long-term goal is to generate a timeline of events documenting military coercion in Iraq, referencing primary source documents, on a public-facing bilingual website. The purpose is to offer a unified archive that is accessible to the public and decenters U.S. propaganda in the history record of events since 2003. This effort requires the help of many scholars pulling together primary source documents to build the archive.

The website hosting this public archive, Archive Iraq, is an open access, digital collection of primary and secondary source materials of Iraqi history to create, recover, and maintain collective memory with an inclusive, holistic, and corrective account that lends itself to community efforts for accountability and justice. Archive Iraq will ultimately host a deeper and more textured history of Iraq, beyond the 2000’s. We begin with the past 20 years of Anglo-American military coercion in memoriam of the 2003 invasion and its consequences. You are invited to join in crafting a rigorous historical narrative that, along with its primary sources, is free and easily accessible to the public.

Topics to consider include:

  • The invasion: The military campaign, its legality, its humanitarian consequences
  • The occupation (May 20, 2003 – June 28, 2004): The transformation of Iraq’s economy and society, the Coalition Provisional Authority, and De-Baathification
  • The Iraqi Partisan movement: Armed resistance and opposition to the occupation
  • Iraqi labor history
  • The continued foreign military presence: The U.S. Status of Forces Agreement, the U.N. timeline for withdrawal, and the new Iraqi government
  • Iraq’s new constitution
  • Sectarianism in Iraq
  • The Militia War
  • The U.S. withdrawal and the continued foreign military presence
  • The Iraqi Spring Protests: Its goals and the government’s repression
  • The Anbar Uprising
  • The Islamic State Occupation: Its causes and its conclusion
  • The al-Hashd al-Shaabi militias
  • The 2018 protests

 

Timeline:

July 1, 2022: Please send in your working title and an abstract of 200 words or fewer to info@archiveiraq.org

Dec 1, 2022: In advance of the workshop, we ask that scholars send in original files or links to any primary source documents they may reference or analyze in their workshop paper. These should be sent to info@archiveiraq.org by Dec 1, 2022, to give the archivist time to curate the archive of documents.

Feb 15, 2023: Paper drafts will be circulated a month before the workshop. Please send to info@archiveiraq.org

March 19, 2023: The workshop will take place March 19, 2023, on the 20th anniversary of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. This hybrid workshop will be jointly hosted in New York and Ramadi for in person gatherings, and on Zoom for those who wish to attend remotely. It will be accessible via livestream to the public. Participants will present their work and discuss a vision for intervening in collective memory of the past 20 years.

Dec 2023: Our hope is that this workshop will culminate in a public-facing edited volume to be published by the end of the year, in addition to the public-facing archive of primary-source documents curated through this workshop process.

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