TONIGHT at 6:30PM: The Role of Oral History in Situations of War and Conflict


The Role of Oral History in Situations of War and Conflict

WHO: Dr. Lucine Taminian (The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq) and Professor S. Mohammad Mohaqqeq (Kabul University) will discuss their fieldwork and conducting oral history projects in conflict and post-conflict settings.

WHEN: June 13, 2012, 6:30-8:00pm.

WHERE: Columbia University Law School, Jerome Greene Annex, Morningside Heights Campus, 410 West 117th Street  NY, NY 10027. Enter campus at 116th Street, at either Broadway or Amsterdam. Google Map, Campus Map.


Lucine Taminian is a senior researcher in residence at The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq, based in Amman, Jordan. Dr. Taminian earned her PhD in anthropology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and has taught there as well as at the American University of Beirut, Pace University, Sarah Lawrence College and Yarmouk University. She has conducted field research in Jordan, Lebanon and Yemen and authored numerous articles and edited three books based on that work. Dr. Taminian currently serves as a member of the editorial board of al-Mastoor, a Jordanian monthly magazine dedicated to issues of poverty. She has consulted widely on women’s issues, particularly as they relate to the development process. In 2006 she was consultant to the Jordanian National Council for Family Affairs working on the Strategic Plan for Family Protection against Violence in Jordan. In 2005, she served as an academic advisor to the Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies (RIIFS), Amman, Jordan and the academic coordinator to WECOMES-2 (World Congress for Middle East) held in Amman. Currently she is the senior researcher for TAARII’s project on the oral histories of Iraqis living outside Iraq.

Sayed Mohammad Mohaqqeq is currently teaching at Kabul University and leads Sarv Consultancy in the area of educational and cultural development. He was born in 1976 in Kabul, Afghanistan; he received his bachelor’s degree in English language and literature and his master’s degree in translation studies from Allameh University, Tehran (1997-2004). Mohammad’s master’s thesis was entitled “Ideology and Qur’an Translation”. He was a Fulbright fellow to Southern Illinois University, Department of Sociology (2006-2007) and Central European University research fellow, Budapest, Hungary (2007-2009). His published works include “Religion and National Identity in Afghanistan” and “Hope in Kabul University: Collective Hopefulness and Individual Hopelessness.” He has also translated many works from English to Farsi and Dari in the field of social sciences.

SPONSORS: This presentation is a part of the Columbia Center for Oral History 2012 Summer Institute, “What is Remembered: Life Story Approaches in Human Rights Contexts,” co-sponsored by the Human Rights Institute (Columbia Law School).