- Annie Webster
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- Thesis title:
- Collateral Damage: environment, bodies and cultural heritage in contemporary Iraqi literature
I hold a BA (Hons) in English and Related Literature from the University of York and an MSc in Arab World Studies from the University of Edinburgh. My doctoral research at SOAS builds on this interdisciplinary background, looking at contemporary Iraqi literature and is supported by the Wolfson Foundation.
I am also the President of the Student Section at The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES).
‘Al-Bayati, Abdul Wahab’, Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism (2016)‘Yousef, Saadi’, Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism (forthcoming)‘From Mirror to Open Window: Reflections on Forugh Farrokhzad’s Poetics’, Lights (Spring 2015) 4 (2): 1-7.
‘Toxic Entanglements: Imagining Iraq as ard al-yabab or The Wasteland’, British Society for Middle Eastern Studies Annual Conference, King’s College London (June 2018).
‘What’s-its-name?: Frankenstein’s Creature and the Politics of Naming in post-2003 Iraq’, Frankenstein@200 International Health Humanities Consortium Conference, Stanford University (April, 2018).
‘Reconstructing Iraq: Distorted Bodies and Borders in Ahmed Saadawi’s Frankenstein in Baghdad, American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Meeting, UCLA (March 2018).
‘Documenting Death: Cataloguing Bodies in Contemporary Iraqi Literature’, Middle Eastern Studies network conference, University of Exeter, 25th-26th July 2017.
‘“Iraqis don’t have hygge”: The Uhygge Short Stories of Hassan Blasim’, BRISMES Annual Conference, University of Edinburgh, 5th-7th July 2017.
‘(Dis)Embodied Surface Reading: Corporeal Cognition in Contemporary Iraqi Fiction’, ‘Graphic Reading: A Symposium’, University of Birmingham, 19th May 2017.
‘Stick to Your Story to Save Your Life’, ‘The Danger of Words in the Age of Danger’ symposium organised by Exiled Writers Ink, SOAS, 1st April 2017.
‘Disturbing Bodies in post-2003 Iraqi Fiction: Medical Metaphors and Destabilising Disgust’, ‘Ethics, Affect and Responsibility: Global Citizenship and the Act of Reading’ in ‘Literature and the Humanities in an Age of Autocracy’ workshop series, University of Bristol, 24th March 2017.
Arabs don’t do Crime Fiction: Writing a Noir, or Neo-Noir, Baghdad’, ‘‘Protect and Serve’: Crime Fiction and Community’ Symposium, University of Edinburgh 10th July 2015.
‘Ahmed Saadawi’s Frankenstein in Baghdad: A Tale of Biomedical Salvation?’, Journal of Literature and Medicine (forthcoming).
Iraq+100, Hassan Blasim, Postcolonial Association Newsletter (June, 2018).
‘Al-Bayati, Abdul Wahab’, Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism (2016)
‘From Mirror to Open Window: Reflections on Forugh Farrokhzad’s Poetics’, Lights (Spring 2015) 4 (2): 1-7.
- Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)
- British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES)
- British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA)
- British Institute for the Study of Iraq (BISI)