Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

The Legality of Archival Authority: The Ba'ath Party Records and Historical Memory

with Lucy Flamm, M.A Student, CMES & Information Science

Wed, December 11, 2019 | CAL 516

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Legality of Archival Authority: The Ba'ath Party Records and Historical Memory

Looking to the Ba'ath Party archives of Iraq, this research explores the forced migration of millions of Iraqi documents now housed at Stanford University. Tracing the historical evolution of the Ba'ath records enables insight to both cultural and legal discourse concerning ownership over cultural property and historical memory in times of armed conflict. Furthermore, conclusions lend themselves to more recent cases of archival theft involving Iraqi documents and the New York Times. 

Lucy is a third-year graduate student affiliated with the Information Science and Middle Eastern Studies programs. Her research explores regional sites of knowledge transmission -- namely libraries and archives -- as sites of political confrontation. Outside of the classroom she has been involved with projects aiming to build a collective catalog of existing Iranian oral histories, and has presented her own original research at conferences including the Middle Eastern Studies Association and the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies. She has also been the recipient of awards including those given by the American Library Association, Middle East Librarian's Association, and the Department of State's Critical Language Scholarship. 

The Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Colloquium is an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff across the University to present research on the the Middle East and the Muslim world. Colloquium meetings aim to provide presentation experience and constructive feedback on work in progress, as well as to foster discussion and a sense of cohort among scholars in related disciplines, such as history, religion, culture and language. Meetings are open to entire UT community, and light refreshments may be served.

Sponsored by: the Islamic Studies Initiative and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies

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