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date: 25 May 2020

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This chapter focuses on city checkpoints as urban gendered spaces. Methodological concerns are raised regarding conducting research in a space of war. The use of memory and experience as forms of data provides new interventions that resist the anxiety of the archive and collection, a method which it is argued is peculiar to contemporary archaeology. Checkpoints are also theorized as particular indicators of a fractured heritage, which emerges in relation to war, cities, and national heritage. The chapter focuses on materiality, space, and ethnographic experiences documented from January 2009 in the cities of Baghdad (and the associated city-suburb of Kauzmain), Najaf, Karbala, and Samarra.

Keywords: Iraq, gender, checkpoints, war, heritage

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