SOAS University of London

Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)

Dr Annie Webster

BA (York), MSc (University of Edinburgh)
  • Research


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Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Dr Annie Webster
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Thesis title:
Stories of Creative Destruction in post-2003 Iraqi Fiction
Internal Supervisors

External Supervisors

Professor Laleh Khalili (QMUL)


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 when looking at contemporary Iraqi literature. It is supported by the Wolfson Foundation.


‘Ruins of the Future: On The Possibility of Life Amidst the aṭlāl’, Science Fiction Beyond the West: Futurity in African and Asian Contexts symposium, SOAS (July 2019).

‘Toxic Entanglements: Imagining Iraq as al-arḍ al-kharāb 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 Annual Meeting, UCLA (March 2018).

‘Documenting Death: Cataloguing Bodies in Contemporary Iraqi Literature’, Middle Eastern Studies Network conference, University of Exeter (July 2017).

‘“Iraqis don’t have hygge”: The Uhyggelig Short Stories of Hassan Blasim’, British Society for Middle Eastern Studies Annual Conference, University of Edinburgh (July 2017).

‘(Dis)Embodied Surface Reading: Corporeal Cognition in Contemporary Iraqi Fiction’, Graphic Reading: A Symposium, University of Birmingham (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 (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 (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 (July 2015).


‘Ahmed Saadawi’s Frankenstein in Baghdad: A Tale of Biomedical Salvation?’, Journal of Literature and Medicine (2018).

‘Unreckoned: Experimental Translations of Ibn Arabi’, (2018).

‘Review: Iraq+100, Hassan Blasim’, Postcolonial Association Newsletter (2018).

‘Externalising pain through commemorative writing practices’, Post-War: Commemoration, Reconstruction, Reconciliation TORCH blog (2017).

‘Hassan Blasim’s Refugee Narratives: Travelling Between Fact and Fiction’, MULOSIGE: For a New Approach to World Literature (2017).

‘Reading and Writing Iraq’, British Institute in Amman Blog (2016).

‘Abd al-Wahhab al-Bayati’, Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism (2016).

‘Saadi Yousef’, Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism (2016).

‘From Mirror to Open Window: Reflections on Forugh Farrokhzad’s Poetics’, Lights (2015).

‘Protect and Serve? Crime-fic Symposium to Include Look at Arabic Noir’, (2015).

Event Organisation

‘BRISMES Student Event: Mentoring for Careers in the Middle East’, British Society for Middle Eastern Studies Annual Conference, University of Leeds (June 2019).

‘Dealing with Difficult Research’ interdisciplinary workshop, University of Warwick (July 2018).

‘Trading Places? Empathy in Material Culture and Critical Methodologies’, two-day postgraduate conference at the Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies SOAS (June 2018).

Frankenstein in Baghdad: an evening with Ahmed Saadawi and Jonathan Wright in conversation with Professor Wen-chin Ouyang and Annie Webster’, SOAS (May 2018).


  • 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)


Modern Arabic Literature, Comparative Literature, New Materialism, Medical Humanities, Ecocriticism.