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The Double Execution of Saddam Hussein: Mediation and the Construction of Iraqi Exilic Imaginaries


Institute For Middle East Studies

Inaugurating the 2016-2017 IMES Lecture Series, Professor Zainab Saleh will speak on on how mass media reconfigures exilic experiences and national consciousness, specifically discussing how the Iraqi diaspora in London read the live coverage of the fall of Saddam Hussein’s statue, and the immediate relay of his execution in 2006.


  • Zainab Saleh is an assistant professor of anthropology at Haverford College. She earned her Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology at Columbia University. She was the 2011-2013 Mellon Post-Doc Fellow at the John B. Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities, and the 2011 Sultan Program Postdoctoral Fellow in Arab Studies at University of California at Berkeley. Her research focuses on memory, nostalgia, belonging, war, and violence in Iraq and the Iraqi Diaspora. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled, Inhabiting Destruction: Exile, Political Subjectivity, and the Iraqi Diaspora.The book focuses on how Iraqi exiles in London live with the realization that they are not exiles waiting to return home anymore, but rather Iraqis in the United Kingdom, a place that is no longer a temporary sojourn in a journey back home, but rather, home itself.