Upcoming Events


Monday, September 16, 2019 - 13:00 to Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 17:30
SOAS University of London, London, WC1H OXG

A conference organised by The British Institute for the Study of Iraq (Gertrude Bell Memorial) in collaboration with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago and the Department of History, Religions and Philosophies at SOAS.

The conference aims to evaluate the many contributions of the Jewish community in Iraq within the spheres of the arts and culture, social policy, education, government and the economy in the early modern and modern period. Iraqi Jews constituted one of the world's oldest and most historically significant Jewish communities and were in Iraq for over 2,500 years. There is a widening academic interest in the history and contributions of the Jewish community as well as growing interest in Jewish history in contemporary Iraq. This conference will bring together UK, Iraqi and international scholars interested in exploring and researching the contributions of this important community to modern Iraq.

The full Conference Programme

Tickets can be purchased here. 

We welcome support from trusts, companies, and individuals. Any and all donations will be gratefully welcomed and you can make a donation here.

If you would like to discuss sponsorship opportunities then please do send an email to Ali Khadr at bisi@britac.ac.uk

Film Screening

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 18:15 to 21:00
The British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH

Letters from Baghdad

A documentary film about the life of Gertrude Bell

Voiced by Tilda Swinton

The British Institute for the Study of Iraq (Gertrude Bell Memorial) in association with the Emmanuel Society and the Harvard Club of the UK have great pleasure in inviting you to join them for a screening of Letters from Baghdad

Letters from Baghdad explores the extraordinary life of Gertrude Bell, with a particular emphasis on her time in Iraq and the legacy of her work there, which still has such a strong resonance today.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A discussion with Joan Porter MacIver, BISI Vice-Chair and consultant on the film, and a drinks reception.

You can purchase tickets to the screening here.

Additional donations to the BISI Visiting Iraqi Scholarship Scheme are very welcome.

The net proceeds from the evening will support the BISI Visiting Iraqi Scholarship Fund and will be in the memory of Dr. Lamia Al Gailani-Werr, a special advisor to this film and recipient of the Institute’s Gertrude Bell Memorial Gold Medal.

Screening is donated courtesy of Between the Rivers Productions