The Iraq Publishing Workshops

Dr Mehair Kathem, University College London; Iraq
Ongoing
International

Decades of isolation and conflict have detrimentally affected the quality of academic production in Iraq. The total number of academic articles published by Iraqi researchers in international journals in any given year is remarkably low. Iraq's national educational system has seen few, if any, major reforms since the 1970s. The large majority of graduating academics have had little exposure to interdisciplinary research methods. An emerging gap in the country, between the small number of Iraqi academics who have been educated outside Iraq and those who have not, has also been a source of emerging friction. This project attempts to strategically intervene to strengthen the intellectual infrastructure in Iraq by offering two workshops to improve publishing standards, facilitate learning between Iraqi colleagues and introduce new interdisciplinary research methodologies.

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