Past Conferences & Symposia
2017 – November 21/23 – Basrah
Annual Symposium of the Iraqi-German Academic Cooperation Network (IG-CON Symposium 2017) in conjunction with the International Conference on “Rebuilding War Societies: Iraq after ISIS”
The IG-CON Symposium 2017 took place for the third time in conjunction with the international conference on “Rebuilding War Societies: Iraq after ISIS” of the International Consortium for Research on Violence (ICRoV) from 20 to 23 November 2017 in Iraq. After the first two conferences in 2014 (Erbil) and 2016 (Sulaimani) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Basra in the South was deliberately chosen as the location of the 2017 conference in order to emphasize the turn to the normality of life in the rest of Iraq after defeat of the Daesh. The Symposium and the Conference were jointly organized by the CIS, University of Basra and the Felsberger Institute, and were supported by the DAAD, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) and Goethe Institute.
The initial fear of the organizers that holding this international conference in Basra would cause potential speakers from Germany and elsewhere to refrain from participating, was obviously exaggerated: Only a rather small fraction of the submitted paper abstracts could be accepted for presentation. Some fifty papers were presented by distinguished speakers from Germany, England, France, Netherlands, Colombia, Brazil and Iran as well as from different regions of Iraq. The panel topics encompassed key issues of rebuilding war societies such as the role of higher education in peace building and reconciliation, transitional justice, economy, community rehabilitation, mental health and trauma, other regional challenges and international experiences. The Conference also included workshops for students of the University of Basra addressing topics such as “German experiences of reconstruction and reunification”, “Intercultural exchange and reconciliation” and “Non-Violent Political Action”. A number of side events including a networking boat trip on the Shat al-Arab contributed to frame this conference as an intellectually stimulating, culturally fascinating, and socially captivating experience.
2016 – October 17/21 – Sulaimani
Annual Symposium of the Iraqi-German Academic Cooperation Network (IG-CON Symposium 2016) in conjunction with the International Conference on “Rebuilding War Societies – Continuities and New Beginnings”
The IG-CON symposium 2016 was organized from 17 to 21 October 2016 at the University of Sulaimani in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. It brought together more than 50 Iraqi and German social scientists for exchange of research outcomes and initiation of cooperation in future joint projects. It took place in conjunction with the International Conference on “Rebuilding War Societies – Continuities and New Beginnings” which was organized by the University of Sulaimani, the CIS and the Felsberg Institute for Education and Research. The aim of the Conference was to look critically at the core concepts, aims and strategies for rebuilding, reconstruction and reconfiguration of war societies with special focus on Iraq. It also included an excursion to the Arbat Refugee Camps and meetings with representatives of NGOs and Camp Administrators. The Conference was attended by more than 50 representatives of 12 Iraqi and 10 foreign universities and was attended by more than 100 students of the University of Sulaimani.
Annual Workshop-Conference of the Iraqi-German Academic Cooperation Network (IG-CON) 2016
The IG-CON Workshop-Conference 2016 was a gathering of delegates from 12 Iraqi universities (Baghdad, Basrah, Duhok, Kerbela, Kufa, Mustansiriya/Baghdad, Muthanna, Qadisiya, Salahaddin/Erbil, Sulaimani, Wasit and Zakho, including their presidents and/or vice presidents, and from nine German universities (Bamberg, TU Braunschweig, Bavarian Virtual University, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Marburg, TU München, TH Nürnberg, Oldenburg and Würzburg). They discussed and evaluated the ongoing bilateral cooperation projects and discussed prospects of future multilateral projects of teaching, research and academic exchange. During the networking conference, a number of new project initiatives were discussed and cooperation agreements were signed among CIS and six new Iraqi IG-CON partner universities (Baghdad, Kerbela, Kirkuk, Kufa, Muthanna, Qadisiya and Wasit). The Iraqi delegations also visited the neighboring universities of Bamberg and Würzburg. They were received by the president of the University of Bamberg, Prof. Dr. Dr. Godehard Ruppert, and the vice president of the University of Würzburg, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Phuoc Tran-Gia, and had intensive networking opportunities with a number of colleagues from different disciplines interested or involved in cooperation with Iraqi universities.
2014 – December 9/11 – Erbil
Workshop-Conference „BAGHDAD-ERBIL-ERLANGEN PROJECT (BEEP)- STOCKTAKING & PERSPECTIVES AFTER 6 YEARS“
The Center for Iraq Studies (CIS) organized a Workshop-Conference on “Baghdad-Erbil-Erlangen-Project (BEEP) – Stocktaking & Perspectives after 6 Years” in Erbil,
at the Cultural Center of the Salahaddin University Hawler, on December 9 – 11, 2014. As the BEEP project was expiring at the end of 2014 – as all other projects of the “German-Iraqi Academic Partnership Program” which were initiated in 2009 – the CIS invited to this Workshop-Conference Iraqi partner universities in order to evaluate the activities of the BEEP during the last six years and to discuss the future role of the CIS within the framework of the Iraqi-German academic cooperation. Official delegations from seven universities including the presidents of the universities of the Salahaddin (Asst.- Prof. Dr. Ahmed Dezaye), Zakho (Asst.-Prof. Dr. Lazgin Abdi Jamil) and Diyala (Prof. Dr. Abbas Fadhil Jawad), as well as the vice presidents / chancellors of the universities of Basrah (Prof. Dr. Sajed S. Hassan), Al-Mustansiriya (Asst.- Prof. Dr. Fawzi Al-Hiti) and Zakho (Asst.-Prof. Dr. Abdulhameed Sulaiman) attended the gathering (see first picture below). Based on intensive discussions and a comprehensive evaluation of the BEEP project experience of the past six years, the delegates defined the areas and methods of future cooperation for the next five years, and bilateral “Cooperation Agreements on Academic Exchange, Teaching and Research” were signed between the above mentioned presidents / vice presidents / chancellors and the Director of the CIS, Prof. Dr.Sefik Alp Bahadir. The delegates also agreed upon the formation of an “Iraqi-German Academic Cooperation Network” in order to contribute to further development and sustainability of academic cooperation among Iraqi and German universities.
2013 – December 9/12 – Erbil
International Conference “IRAQ: 10 YEARS ON – STOCKTAKING AND PERSPECTIVES”
The Center for Iraq Studies (CIS) organized in cooperation with the Salahaddin University Hawler (SUH), Kirkuk University (KU), and Felsberg Institute for Education and Academic Research (FIBW) an international conference in Erbil, the Capital of the Iraqi Federal Region of Kurdistan, on December 9 – 12, 2014, the tenth year after the invasion of Iraq by the US led coalition forces and the fall of the Saddam regime in 2003. In six interdisciplinary panels major issues of economic and societal transformation were discussed and evaluated. The panel topics covered institutionalization within the state building process, economic development and Structural Change, demographic change, gender issues, as well as potential ways out of violence and prospects for a sustainable peace, including perspectives of transitional justice and national reconciliation. Six workshops designed for the students of the Universities of Kirkuk and Salahaddin focused on problems and perspectives of issues such as human rights, capacity building and national reconciliation (see Conference Program). This first conference jointly organized by universities from Kurdistan region and the rest of Iraq was attended by almost two hundred academics and administrators from all over Iraq, Germany, France, United States, and Colombia. One of the side events of the conference was the official foundation of an “International Consortium for Research on Violence” (ICRoV) which was initiated by the FIBW and the College of Law of the Kirkuk University and supported by the CIS (see Concept paper and press release).
Conference Program | Concept paper: International Consortium for Research on Violence (ICRoV) – Concept and 3-Years Action Plan | Press release: International Consortium for Research on Violence (ICRoV)
2012 – October 03/13 – Erlangen, Frankfurt a.M., Berlin
The Fourth Annual Research Symposium of the „Baghdad-Erbil-Erlangen-Project“ (BEEP) in conjunction with the 19th International Congress of Contemporary Research on the Middle East (DAVO Congress)
The Fourth Annual Research Symposium of the “Baghdad-Erbil-Erlangen-Project“ (BEEP) was organized in conjunction with the 19th International Congress of Contemporary Research on the Middle East (DAVO Congress) at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg in order to bring together the Iraqi participants with more than 250 academics from a great number or German and foreign universities with a wide range of research interests in the Middle East. The Symposium topic was “Non-Oil Economic Growth and Stability in Iraq” and four closed sessions were organized on this topic at the DAVO Congress with 14 paper presentations by Symposium participants. In addition to the scientific sessions and workshops, the Symposium program also embodied visits to institutions of economic research and policy which were of utmost interests to the 19 participants from Iraqi universities, including a lecture with discussion on “German-Iraqi Relations” by Mr. Carl Georg Christian Berger, the Former German Ambassador to Iraq, at the Foreign Office, Berlin; insightful presentations of three Middle East project managers at the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), Berlin; and a lecture with discussion on “The ECB – Role, Functions and Current Challenges” by Dr. Michael Sturm Directorate General, International and European Relations, of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt.
2011 – October 01/10 – Erlangen, Berlin
The Third Annual Research Symposium of the „Baghdad-Erbil-Erlangen-Project“ (BEEP) in conjunction with the 18th International Congress of Contemporary Research on the Middle East (DAVO Congress)
The Third Annual BEEP Symposium was organized in conjunction with the 18th International DAVO (German Association of Middle East Studies) Congress at the Free University of Berlin in order to bring together the Iraqi participants with more than 500 academics from a great number or German universities with a wide range of research interests in the Middle East. Stock taking of the achievements and shortcomings of the BEEP project after two years of existence was the main focus of the first part of the Symposium in Erlangen with high-level speakers from Iraqi academia and politics. One of the keynote speakers was Dr. Abid Thyab Al-Ajeeli, Head of the Committee for Higher Education in Iraqi Parliament. As the then Iraqi Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr. Abid initiated in February 2009 together with the former Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, Steinmeier, the German-Iraqi Strategic Academic Partnership Program. Other participants of the stock taking meetings were Dr. Ahmed Dezaye, the president of the Salahaddin University, Dr. Abdulhameed Dhahir, the vice president of the University of Zakho and the deans and staff members of the Colleges of Administration and Economics of Baghdad, Mustansiriya and Salahaddin Universities who – along with other 30 Iraqi and German academics – have also negotiated on the new design of the BEEP cooperation project in the next three years period.
The second part of the Symposium was conducted in conjunction with the 18th DAVO Congress in Berlin with five special sessions and 16 paper presentations of BEEP fellows and guests from Iraqi partner universities on a range of issues of economic transition in Iraq.
2010 – September 17/25 – Erlangen, Frankfurt a.M., Marburg
The Second Annual Research Symposium of the „Baghdad-Erbil-Erlangen-Project“ (BEEP) in conjunction with the 31st German Congress of Oriental Studies (DOT)
The Second Annual BEEP Symposium was organized in conjunction with the German Congress of Oriental Studies (DOT) at the University of Marburg in order to bring together the Iraqi participants with more than 800 academics from a great number or German universities with a wide range of research interests in the Middle East. The Center for Iraq Studies (CIS) organized five closed sessions with 16 paper presentations of BEEP fellows and guests from partner universities in Iraq. The common topic of these sessions was “Economic Reconstruction and Development in Iraq” with individual presentations highlighting very different issues within this frame. Before the commencement of the Congress in Marburg, an intensive two day’s course was conducted in Frankfurt on “How to perform in professional scientific presentations”. During the Congress, a number of special meetings on cooperation programs of BEEP partner universities were held.
2010 – December 06/23 – Erlangen
BEEP – Winter School 2010
The aim of this three weeks intensive course was to foster the international and intercultural academic communication skills of the faculty members of the Partner Universities Baghdad and Mustansiriya of the BEEP. The participants were trained in writing formal English letters and academic papers (research proposals etc.) to meet up with international standards. They were also trained in presentation and performance skills needed for participating in international academic conferences and workshops.
2009 – December 06/18 – Erlangen, Würzburg, Berlin
The First Annual Symposium of the „Baghdad-Erbil-Erlangen-Project“ (BEEP)
The First Annual Symposium of the BEEP was attended by 33 high-ranking representatives of the three partner universities, among them the President of the University of Baghdad, Prof. Dr. Mosa J. A. Al-Mosawe, the Acting President of the Mustansiriyah University, Prof. Dr. Fadhil A. J. Al-Amri, the Vice President of the University of Erbil, Ass. Prof. Dr. Mohammed R. Mochtar, deans and heads of departments of the respective Schools of Administration and Economics, and administrators for academic relations. Representatives of other three Iraqi universities, namely the University of Diyala, the University of Dohuk and the University of Sulaimani, have also attended the symposium.
The Symposium focused on the topics of University Management, German-Iraqi Academic cooperation, the Economic development in Iraq, and German-Iraqi Economic Relations. Furthermore, in special working sessions the essential points of the Dual-Degree Master Program and Joint-Degree Doctoral Program of the BEEP were discussed and agreed upon.
As a result of intensive communication during the formation of the BEEP program, three Memoranda of Understanding were signed on the 8th of December between the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg and the three partner universities, the University of Baghdad, the Munstansiriyah University and the Salahaddin University. The Center for Iraq Studies (CIS) was opened on Wednesday, the 9th of December, in a ceremonial celebration by the presidents and vice-presidents of the Iraqi universities, the chancellor of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Thomas A.H. Schöck, and Prof. Dr. Sefik Alp Bahadir.