[P4803] The Conflicted Legacies of the Iran Iraq War

Created by Kaveh Ehsani
Monday, 11/20/17 10:30am


The Iran-Iraq war (1980-88) (IIW) transformed the political landscape of the Middle East, and had lasting and profound effects on both belligerents. The aim of this panel is to discuss the formative and transformative impact of the war on both societies. While individual papers focus on specific aspects of national experience, the panel as a whole will take into consideration the war itself as a shared experience that transcended borders, and initiate a conversation about the comparative legacies of the conflict. At the onset, Iran and Iraq were very different polities. Iran was in the throes of a major social revolution and civil war to determine the nature of the post-revolution society, while Iraq was descending into increasing authoritarianism. The IIW complicated social and political contradictions, and generated new configurations of power and collective agency in both countries. Major wars are both formative, in that they facilitate the consolidation of new institutions of power and governance, but they are also transformative of the existing social, spatial, and cultural practices and relations. While the existing literature on IIW has emphasized military history, geopolitics, macroeconomic fallout, and the shifting role of formal institutions and ruling elites, the war's equally consequential impact on public cultures, social relations, the militarization of everyday life, and the physical transformations of built environments remain relatively understudied. The contributors provide an ethnographic and critical discursive approach to the variegated legacies of the IIW by investigating issues that range from social frictions created by the handling of the political economy and spatial geographies of postwar reconstruction, state propaganda and manipulations of public culture, the transformations of gender relations, the shifting politics of memory and identity, and the paradoxes of changing power relations and governmental practices.





Ervand Abrahamian

(City University of New York)
Panel Participating Role(s): Discussant;

Robert Vitalis

(University of Pennsylvania)
Panel Participating Role(s): Chair;

Kaveh Ehsani

(DePaul University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Organizer; Presenter;

Norma Claire Moruzzi

(University of Illinois at Chicago)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Kevan Harris

Assistant Professor of Sociology, UCLA
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Achim Rohde

(Philipps-Universit├Ąt Marburg (Germany), Center for Near and Middle East Studies)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;