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Activities

The project workflow has been structured according to seven different Work Packages:

 

Work Package 1 - Archaeological, Cultural and Environmental Research

WP LEADER University of Bologna (UNIBO)

GENERAL AIMS

1) To increase the knowledge of pre-Islamic societies in Iraq through archaeological and environmental research in strategically important areas;

2) To raise awareness on the Iraqi cultural heritage in the national academic community by sharing and disseminating promptly the results of this research.

 

WORKFLOW The first part of the WP will feature the construction of the collaborative research groups, formed by EU and Iraqi researchers, scholars, and operators. The EU/Iraqi partners will carry out archaeological campaigns/surveys in three target areas in Iraq (Wasit, Qadisiyah, Najaf). These joint field researches will focus on three theme areas that will be better developed by the joint research groups: Ancient landscapes and management of present natural resources; reconstructing pre-Islamic societies and identities; the role of rural communities in preserving heritage sites in South Iraq. Together with the fieldwork on ancient past, community-based research will be carried out by Iraqi universities targeting present communities with the aim of investigating, not only traditional ways of life and coping mechanisms, but also the complexity of behavioral and cultural choices in ways that cannot be deducted from the study of material culture alone.

 

At the end of fieldwork (WP1), 3 conferences will be organized in the 3 partner Iraqi universities, in order to illustrate the results of the research conducted with scholars and students alike. Moreover 12 academic articles will be published to disseminate the outcomes internationally.

 

Work Package 2 - Training of Heritage Personnel

WP LEADER University of Turin (UNITO)

GENERAL AIMS The overall objective of WP 2 is strengthening the capabilities of local cultural heritage operators and community leaders to promote using Iraqi heritage as a tool for dialogue between different sectors of society.

 

WORKFLOW WP 2 will feature specific training for this cultural heritage personnel from SBAH and community leaders from rural areas targeted with the aim at raising awareness in the communities that live by archaeological sites in order to enhance the degree of safeguarding over cultural heritage. After having selected the candidates, the initial phase of WP 2 will consist of training in the field for SBAH operators and community leaders, carried out during the fieldwork campaigns in the regions of Qadisiyah and Wasit. The training will focus on modern techniques for surveying, excavating, recording, cataloguing and conserving. The second stage of WP 2 will focus on the organisation of the training courses on culturale heritage management. Courses will be organized in different headquarters: in the newly-reopened “Italian-Iraqi Institute of Archaeological Sciences” in Baghdad; in the University of Qadisiyah; and the University of Kufa. EDUU team will also develop a training unit “The Museum and the Society. Some Concepts of Collection Management, Communication Strategies and the Educational Impact of Museums” in e-learning (MOOC). Through the creation of The MOOC, which will be uploaded on a free open-access platform (BOOK), freely available online, we aim at reaching via the web a large number of Iraqi people interested in cultural heritage preservation and management, thus enlarging considerably our pool of final beneficiaries.

 

Work Package 3 - Workshops for Secondary School Students

WP LEADER Qadisiyah University (QU)

GENERAL AIMS The main objective of WP 3 is that of promoting interest in the common cultural heritage and pre-Islamic identity of Iraqi society among younger generations. The target groups of this WP are secondary school students.

 

WORKFLOW The first phase of WP 3 will feature a selection process of university students from the 3 partner universities in order to single out 90 candidates that will subsequently carry out the workshops in the secondary schools. University students will be carefully selected by a joint EU and Iraqi committee, formed by university professors. The second step of the WP 3 will consist in defining the topics that will be covered during the workshops to be carried out in schools. Then, teaching materials (in Arabic) for training will be developed on the basis of new fieldwork results and according to the three research pathways followed in WP 1. The overall aim of this task is that of stimulating a dialogue upon the importance of the pre-Islamic civilizations that shaped not only the land in which the Iraqi people inhabit today, but also contributed to shape social landscapes. A further course of action that we envisage for this WP is that of organizing school trips in the heritage sites targeted by the fieldwork of WP 1.

 

Work Package 4 - Development of Museum Learning Itineraries

WP LEADER University of Turin (UNITO)

GENERAL AIMS Create strategies for empowering local and national museums that aim at highlighting the importance of Mesopotamian civilizations for promoting a sense of modern Iraq based also on the shared pre-Islamic identity.

WORKFLOW The first stage of WP 4 will consist of the assessment of potential development points in the museums of Baghdad (Iraq Museum), Kufa, and Diwaniya, with the aim of promoting the importance of regional history as part of a shared past bonding the local communities and their territories. Then, we will proceed to design and develop the learning itineraries and materials based on fieldwork results and the goals of the project. Once installed, we intend to test the new learning itineraries by organizing pilot visits for secondary school students and community leaders in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the new materials. 

 

Work Package 5 - Dissemination Activities for Raising Awareness

WP LEADER University of Baghdad (UoB)

GENERAL AIMS The goal of this WP is that of making the project’s action visible for large audiences, and in particular, to involve the Iraqi society at large in the activities of the project to foster dialogue across different social sectors.

 

WORKFLOW Dissemination will be implemented by making use of digital and web technologies, as well as by means of networking meetings, conferences and workshops. An English language project website will be developed by UNIBO. At the same time, EDUU accounts will be created on several social networks, both in Arabic and in English language, in order to further promote the project activities to the wider public, in Iraq and globally. Two main conferences will be organized to disseminate fieldwork results: a general academic conference will be organized after the completion of fieldwork at the UoK and at the closing of the project, a final conference will be organized at UoB. The partners will organize open days in each secondary school selected for workshops in order to have trainees present to their families the activities carried out. In order to disseminate activities carried out by museum institutions, we will create a marketing campaign to attract visitors and we will organize guided tours curated by the students associations, under guidance of the Italian UNESCO Youth committee.

 

Work Package 6 - Exploitation & Sustainability

WP LEADER University of Kufa (UoK)

GENERAL AIMS Create activities to ensure durability of the actions undertaken over time

WORKFLOW In order to link more closely university and secondary schools’ students we will create one student association, involving 15-24yrs old, modelled upon the framework of the UNESCO Youth Committee. Three cultural associations will be created in Baghdad, Kufa and Diwaniya in order to participate in museum activities. Target of these associations is the civil society and community leaders. Furthermore, two workshops will be organized by the newly-established school association at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities in order to illustrate the activities conducted in schools and universities and to convey the message of the importance of this action to policy makers.

 

Work Package 7 - Monitoring & Project Management

WP LEADER University of Bologna (UNIBO)

GENERAL AIMS The overall aims of WP 7 are the effective financial and administrative project management, and the monitoring of the quality of the project’s activities.

WORKFLOW The activities of WP 7 will be implemented throughout the timespan of the project and in parallel with the other WPs. A series of measures has been established to make sure that Iraqi partner will receive adequate training to effectively manage project activities and report expenses. Firstly, 6 administrative officials from 3 Iraqi partner universities will participate to a 1 week training workshops lead by UNIBO in Bologna. Secondly, UNIBO will employ a project manager that will support activity Iraqi partner Universities in meeting their financial and administrative duties. Lastly, one external financial auditor will be subcontracted by UNIBO to guarantee professional monitoring of the finances. 

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