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Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 18:00 to Friday, June 20, 2014 - 19:59
The British Academy

Dr Nelida Fuccaro on Oil Cultures in Iraq under the Monarchy

Since its discovery in the late 1920s oil has been a key commodity in modern Iraq. In this lecture, Dr Nelida Fuccaro presented contrasting aspects of oil lives and cultures before the 1958 Revolution. On the one hand, the lecture traced the often turbulent social, political and urban landscape of Kirkuk, the historical capital of Iraq’s oil industry. On the other, it explored the more peaceful and positive image of Iraq’s oil bonanza as popularised by the Iraq Petroleum Company (IPC) which controlled the oil industry before nationalisation. Particularly Dr Nelida considered how in the 1950s the Company increasingly used the press and visual materials such as photographs, films and posters to publicize happy and fulfilled images of oil life that featured prominently IPC’s Iraqi employees, their working and family lives, and modern urban environments. 

Dr Fuccaro joined BISI's Council in 2013. She is a Reader in the Modern History of the Middle East at SOAS, and co-editor of the forthcoming publication, Urban Violence in the Middle East: Changing Cityscapes in the Transition from Empire to Nation State

Photo: reproduced courtesy of the BP Archive

In the audio recording below the lecture starts at 14:10"