As part of its mission to promote scholarly research on Iraq and ancient Mesopotamia, TARII brings together American, Iraqi, and international scholars to present their findings and exchange their ideas. TARII welcomes opportunities to cooperate with other institutions in the organizing and sponsoring of these conferences.




Tribes and tribalism: (re-)Assessing Society in the Middle East and how we talk about it

Conference Co-Sponsored by TARII, the University of Maryland, and the American Institute of Yemeni Studies (AIYS)

College Park, Maryland

May 2-3, 2019

This two-day conference will address a range of subjects from disciplines including history, anthropology, literature and cultural studies, as well as political science that investigate the diversity of social, cultural, economic and political locations of tribal life, as well as evocations, and interpretations of tribalism in the Middle East in past and present. The geographical focus of the conference will be limited to Iraq, Yemen, and Jordan/Syria in order to facilitate debate and enhance comparability on the one hand, and because of the particular currency of these geographical boundaries in the contemporary Middle East. Chronologically, papers will focus on the modern period from the 19th century to the present day, while some participants might be invited to address long-term perspectives in their papers.

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building sustainable peace in iraq: the role of transitional justice and post-conflict peace-building

Conference Co-Sponsored by TARII and Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies

Boston, MA

April 12, 2019

One of the most costly and aggressive interventions in American history, the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003 ushered in an era of state collapse, insecurity, ethno-religious violence, and new forms of authoritarianism culminating in the rise of ISIL in 2014. Current narratives of Iraq have eschewed tackling questions of transitional justice and post-conflict peace building. This workshop brings together leading experts on Iraq to explore how Iraqi state and society relations can benefit from peace-building paradigms as mechanisms for addressing stalled democratization.

The flyer for the conference is available here and you can find a complete list of the presenter’s biographies and presentation abstracts here.

Baghdad: Cradle of Culture & Civilization, 1013–2013

Conference Co-Organized by The Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TARII) and the Iraqi Cultural Center (ICC)

Washington, D.C.
November 15-16, 2013

The conference recognized the designation of Baghdad as the Arab Capital of Culture for 2013. It included Baghdad in 1013, for historical perspective. The first day of the conference explored the politics and society of medieval and modern Baghdad. The second day was devoted to the intellectual and cultural life in the city in the two time periods.

Conference Program