War as Governance: Lecture by Dina Rizk Khoury

The talk grapples with the problematic of everyday forms of rule in societies like that of Iraq that experience perpetual war. The speaker is interested in how bureaucracies of welfare states focused on development like that of Ba'thist Iraq are transformed by war and the changes in claims made by citizens to state resources. In both Ba'thist and post-Ba'thist Iraq claims by families of the fallen, shaped and continue to shape understandings of citizenship and the politics of gender and difference. It offers a window into forms of rule and claims to citizenship during wartime by tracing the everyday contestation of the meaning of martyrdom by families of the fallen.

Dina Rizk Khoury is a Professor of History at George Washington University and a Guggenheim Fellow and American Council of Learned Societies fellow. Her research and writing spans the early modern and modern history of the Middle East.

Her first book, State and Provincial Society in the Ottoman Empire: Mosul, 1540-1834 (1997, 2002) won awards from the Turkish Studies Association and British Society of Middle Eastern Studies. Her second book, Iraq in Wartime: Soldiering, Martyrdom and Remembrance (2013), traces the impact of the Iran-Iraq and the first Gulf War on Iraqi society and politics.


Ravi Vasudevan is a Professor at Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

Friday, 18 October 2019
5 pm, CSDS Seminar Room
29 Rajpur Road, Delhi