Erbil History, Archaeology, Arts and Architecture (Session 7)

May 11, 2022

Seminar: The Role of Arbail and Ishtar Arbail in Assyria

Presented by Farah AL HASHIMI

Independent Researcher

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Farah Al Hashimi is an architectural designer and independent researcher based in London.She holds a PhD in architecture and urban design. Prize winner: Young Women Architects -Rising Star Award in the category of Women in Architecture and Construction. She was the founder and managing partner of her architecture bureau ‘Horizon’ in Duhok City, Iraqi Kurdistan. She has an interest in working in architecture and urban design using an interdisciplinary approach combining architecture, history, archaeology, and culture. Her focus is on the productivity of urban spaces, conservation, sustainability and restoration strategies.

Seminar Abstract

This presentation will focus on the significant role that Arbail (now Erbil) played in Assyria and its wars.

Seminar: Hifaz-Iraq: Presentation of a Cooperation Project on Heritage Between Ifpo, Salahaddin University-Erbil and the University of Mosul

Presented by Caecilia PIERI

Associate Researcher (Ifpo),Erbil/Beirut

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Caecilia Pieri is Associate Researcher at the French Institute of the Near-East (Ifpo), Erbil/ Beirut, where she was formerly Head of the Urban Observatory (2011-2015). She works on a comparative approach to the field of modern urban history and urban anthropology in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern areas. She received her PhD at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, on the subject of the modernization of Baghdad, where she has been conducting fieldwork since 2003. She was the leading coordinator of a research program within Ifpo/AUF (2015-2017) about “Heritage at war in the Mediterranean region”. She is also an expert within the UNESCO (World Heritage) for the safeguard of modern heritage in the Arab World. Among her publications as an author or scientific editor:

  • Baghdad Arts Deco, 1920-1950 (American University of Cairo Press, 2011), The Le Corbusier Gymnasium in Baghdad (co-authored with Mina Marefat and Gilles Ragot), and a book based on her PhD: Bagdad.
  • La construction d’une capitale moderne, 1914-1960 (November 2015, Presses de l’Ifpo)
  • 2015 : “Villes du Kurdistan d’Irak”, Moyen-Orient, n° 26, p. 15-39.

Seminar Abstract

This project aims to develop a   training of trainers which will focus on specialized subjects in the field of   the conservation of the built heritage (or monuments and sites). It will contribute to upgrade conservation of the built heritage to an academic and  professional specialisation within both archaeology (a branch of the   humanities) and architecture/ construction. It is primarily designed to be   interdisciplinary by bringing together staff and students who are usually   separated, i.e. archaeologists and architects. In each university, core   courses will be therefore taken jointly by students from scientific and   literary streams. Trainers are coming from Lebanon, Iraq and Europe.


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12 May, 2022 2:00 pm


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