[P6471] Immobility in Iraq: Historical and Anthropological Perspectives

Created by Naz Yucel
Thursday, 12/02/21 2:00 pm


This interdisciplinary panel discusses the ways in which various forms and practices of immobility has been central to governing Iraq and in the experience of Iraqis from a historical and anthropological perspective. Historical and recent scholarship that looked at territories that formally became the independent Iraqi nation-state in 1932 has emphasized mobility and movement as central to Iraq’s and Iraqis’ intimate interconnectivity with the world: Accounts and analysis of travelers, international trade networks, migration, diasporic and exilic communities shape much of the scholarship on Iraq. This panel instead looks at various immobilities: accounts and experience of confinement, incarceration, stuckness, stasis, or fixations of space that have been equally important in molding the Iraqi national space and identity. The presentations in this panel engage with the following questions: What role do state and non-state actors play in construing immobility in Iraq? How are minority communities, peasants or political persons rendered immobile, and how does immobility manifest itself as a matter of social stratification? How is immobility construed experientially, as a way of relating to or defining Iraqiness? What are the different mediums and theoretical methods through which scholars can explore the question of immobility? In exploring these questions, the presentations in this panel attempts to shed light onto different empirical cases of immobility. This panel also seeks to explore the symbolic and metaphorical interpretability of these immobilities, as experiences and ‘states’ through which Iraqis have related, and continue to relate to modernity, sovereignty, and the Iraqi identity.


Anthro; Anthro; Anthro; Hist



Annie Greene

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

Naz Yucel

(George Washington University)
Naz Yücel received a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University in 2011 and an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago in 2014. She also attended the American University of Beirut in the summer of 2016 for Arabic language...
Panel Participating Role(s): Organizer; Presenter;

Kerem Ussakli

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

Henrik Andersen

(Roskilde University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;