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A/Prof. Benjamin Isakhan

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Professor of Politics and Policy

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SHSS Arts & Education

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Biography

Benjamin Isakhan is Associate Professor of Politics and Policy Studies and Founding Director of POLIS, a research network for Political Science and International Relations scholars in the Alfred Deakin Institute at Deakin University, Australia.

Ben is also Adjunct Senior Research Associate, Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa and Consulting Scholar at the Penn Cultural Heritage Centre at the University of Pennsylvania, US.

Ben has also held Visiting Research Fellowships at Stanford University, Oxford University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Exeter, University of Chicago, and Newcastle University.

Previously, Ben has held Postdoctoral Research Fellowships with the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies (Griffith University), the Centre for Dialogue (La Trobe University) and the Alfred Deakin Institute (Deakin University).

Ben is the author of Democracy in Iraq: History, Politics, Discourse (Routledge, 2016 [2012]) and the editor of 6 books including, The Secret History of Democracy (Palgrave, 2011 - translated into Arabic and Japanese), The Legacy of Iraq: From the 2003 War to the Islamic State (Edinburgh University Press, 2015), and State and Society in Iraq: Citizenship under Occupation, Dictatorship and Democratization (I.B. Tauris, 2017).

Ben has also published articles in world-leading journals in the fields of Middle East studies, Political Science and Heritage Studies, such as: The International Journal of Press/Politics, The Journal of Social Archaeology, Third World Quarterly, The Middle East Journal, Terrorism and Political Violence, Politics, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Policy Studies, Middle East Policy, International Journal of Heritage Studies, among several others.

Ben has also won various awards and grants, including an Australian Research Council (DECRA) grant for the project 'Measuring the Destruction of Heritage and Spikes of Violence in Iraq' (AU$403,639, 2012-15), a grant from the Australian Department of Defence for the project 'Measuring Cultural Property Destruction in Iraq and Syria' (AU$650,444, 2015-17) and an ARC Discovery project 'After Islamic State: Local-State-Global Heritage Dynamics in Syria and Iraq' (AU$463,940; 2020-23).

In 2018, Ben was awarded the Faculty Research Award for Mid Career Researcher. In 2016, Ben received a Highly Commended in the Vice Chancellor's Award for Research Partnerships and received the Faculty Research Award for Industry Collaboration Research. In 2012 Ben was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research: Early Career Researcher and in 2009 Ben won the La Trobe University Postdoctoral Research Proposal Award.

Ben has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses on the Politics, International Relations and History of the Middle East, as well as more broadly in the field of Political Science. He supervises several PhD students, is a member of various professional and academic associations, and is regulalrly interviewed in the media.

For more details on Ben's work and a list of publications, see his Academia site, Google Scholar and Twitter.

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Career highlights

Adjunct and Visiting Research Fellowships:

2019: Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow, Stanford Archaeology Centre, Stanford University (US).

2017 - : Consulting Scholar, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania (US).

2017: Visiting Research Fellow, Damage to Syrian and Iraqi Heritage Project, Penn Cultural Heritage Centre, University of Pennsylvania (US).

2016: Visiting Research Scholar, Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa project, Universitu of Oxford (UK).

2015 - : Associate, Sydney Democracy Network, University of Sydney, Australia.

2014 - : Adjunct Senior Research Associate, Department of Politics and International Relations, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

2014 - 2015: Honorary Research Fellow, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter (UK).

2013: Visiting Research Fellow, International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, Newcastle University (UK).

2012: Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Middle Eastern Studies and the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago (US).

Research interests

  • Middle East Politics and History
  • Heritage Destruction across the Middle East
  • The History of Democracy
  • Iraqi Politics and History
  • Political Science
  • Heritage Studies

Affiliations

Middle East Studies Association (US)
The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq (US and Iraq)
The International Association of Contemporary Iraqi Studies (UK)
The Middle East Institute (US)
The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (UK)
Australasian Political Science Association (APSA)

Professional activities

Editorial Committee

Journal of Democratic Theory (international peer-reviewed journal)

Awards

2018: Faculty Research Award – Mid-Career Researcher. Faculty wide award for best mid-career researcher. Deakin University.

2016: Highly Commended: Vice Chancellor's Awards for Research Partnerships. University wide award for the most significant partnership between Deakin researchers and external partners. Deakin University.

2016: Faculty Research Award - Industry Collaboration Research. Faculty wide award for best research partnership with external stakeholders. Deakin University.

2012: Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research: Early Career Researcher. University wide award competition for best ECR contribution to research. Deakin University.

2009: La Trobe University Postdoctoral Research Proposal Award. Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (for Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship submission). La Trobe University.

Projects

Throughout his career, Ben has also won various awards and national competitive grants, including receiving more that AU$2million in research funding. He has served as Chief Investigator on the following projects:

Isakhan, B. (2012-2015). Measuring the Destruction of Heritage and Spikes of Violence in Iraq. Australian Research Council. Discovery Early Career Researcher Award. Three year fully-funded fellowship. AU$403,639.

Isakhan, B. (2015-17). Measuring Cultural Property Destruction in Iraq and Syria. The Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO), Department of Defence, Australian Government. AU$677,272.

Isakhan, B. & Meskell, M. (2020-2023). After Islamic State: Local-State-Global Heritage Dynamics in Syria and Iraq. Australian Research Council. Discovery Project. Four year funded research project. AU$463,940.

Publications

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2020

The Islamic State attacks on Shia holy sites and the "shrine protection narrative": threats to sacred space as a mobilization frame

B Isakhan

(2020), Vol. 32, pp. 724-748, Terrorism and political violence, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Shi'i division over the Iraqi state: decentralization and the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq

B Isakhan, P Mulherin

(2020), Vol. 47, pp. 361-380, British journal of Middle Eastern studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Othering as soft-power discursive practice: China Daily's construction of Trump's America in the 2016 presidential election

C Pan, B Isakhan, Z Nwokora

(2020), Vol. 40, pp. 54-69, Politics, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The Islamic State's destruction of Yezidi heritage: responses, resilience and reconstruction after genocide

Benjamin Isakhan, Sofya Shahab

(2020), Vol. 20, pp. 3-25, Journal of Social Archaeology, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The real fourth estate? Portrayals of Trump's rise in the foreign media of friendly countries

Z Nwokora, B Isakhan, C Pan

(2020), pp. 1-22, Policy studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

UNESCO, world heritage and the gridlock over Yemen

L Meskell, B Isakhan

(2020), pp. 1-16, Third World Quarterly, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article
2019

Cultural cleansing and iconoclasm under the Islamic State: attacks on Yezidis and Christians and their heritage

Benjamin Isakhan, Jose Zarandona, Taghreed Al-Deen

(2019), pp. 181-194, Sites of pluralism community politics in the Middle East, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

The Abbott government and the Islamic State: a securitised and elitist foreign policy discourse

P Mulherin, B Isakhan

(2019), Vol. 54, pp. 82-98, Australian journal of political science, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

UNESCO's project to 'revive the spirit of Mosul': Iraqi and Syrian opinion on heritage reconstruction after the Islamic State

B Isakhan, Lynn Meskell

(2019), Vol. 25, pp. 1189-1204, International journal of heritage studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

State-media consensus on going to war? Australian newspapers, political elites, and fighting the Islamic State

Peter Mulherin, Benjamin Isakhan

(2019), Vol. 24, pp. 531-550, International journal of press/politics, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Perceptions of democracy and the rise of Donald Trump: a framing analysis of Saudi Arabian media

Benjamin Isakhan, Zim Nwokora, Chengxin Pan

(2019), Vol. 15, pp. 159-175, Global media and communication, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2018

Layers of religious and political iconoclasm under the Islamic State: symbolic sectarianism and pre-monotheistic iconoclasm

B Isakhan, J Gonzalez Zarandona

(2018), Vol. 24, pp. 1-16, International journal of heritage studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Digitally mediated iconoclasm: the Islamic State and the war on cultural heritage

J Gonzlez Zarandona, C Albarrn-Torres, B Isakhan

(2018), Vol. 24, pp. 649-671, International Journal of Heritage Studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

The ritualization of heritage destruction under the Islamic State

B Isakhan, S Shahab

(2018), Vol. 18, pp. 212-233, Journal of social archaeology, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Basra's bid for autonomy: peaceful progress toward a decentralized Iraq

B Isakhan, P Mulherin

(2018), Vol. 72, pp. 267-285, The Middle East journal, Washington, D.C., C1

journal article

The manipulation of social, cultural and religious values in socially mediated terrorism

C Smith, R von der Borch, B Isakhan, S Sukendar, P Sulistiyanto, I Ravenscroft, Ida Widianingsih, C de Leiuen

(2018), Vol. 9, pp. 1-19, Religions, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

How to interpret ISIS's heritage destruction

B Isakhan

(2018), Vol. 117, pp. 344-350, Current history, Philadelphia, Pa., C1

journal article

Heritage in Conflict: Interpreting Heritage Destruction across Syria and Iraq

B Isakhan, antonio gonzalez zarandona

(2018), Canberra, A.C.T., A6

research report/technical paper

Archaeological Looting Funds Terrorism: The Black Market for Antiquities and the 'Islamic State'

B Isakhan, Taghreed Jamal al deen

(2018), Canberra, A.C.T., A6

research report/technical paper

Expert Report on the Persecution of Sunni Muslim Iraqis of African Descent

B Isakhan

(2018), [Melbourne, Vic.], A6

research report/technical paper

Cultural Property Protection in International Operations

B Isakhan, K Barrow

(2018), Canberra, A.C.T., A6

research report/technical paper
2017

State-society relations in Iraq: negotiating a contested historiography

B Isakhan, F Dawood

(2017), pp. 7-29, State and society in Iraq: citizenship under occupation, dictatorship and democratization, New York, N.Y., B1

book chapter

The road to the 'Islamic State': state-society relations after the US withdrawal from Iraq

B Isakhan

(2017), pp. 260-279, State and society in Iraq: citizenship under occupation, dictatorship and democratization, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Lessons from the past for a future Iraq

B Isakhan, S Mako

(2017), pp. 280-288, State and society in Iraq: citizenship under occupation, dictatorship and democratization, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

The Iraqi Kurdish response to the 'Islamic State': Political leverage in times of crisis

B Isakhan

(2017), pp. 437-448, The Kurdish question revisited, London, Eng, B1

book chapter

Trends in heritage destruction in North-East Syria

B Isakhan, J Gonzalez Zarandona

(2017), Canberra, Australia, A6

research report/technical paper

State and Society in Iraq: Citizenship under Occupation, Dictatorship and Democratization

Benjamin Isakhan

(2017), A7

edited book
2016

Democracy in Iraq: history, politics, discourse

B Isakhan

(2016), Abingdon, Eng., A1

book

Heritage under fire: lessons from Iraq for cultural property protection

B Isakhan

(2016), pp. 268-279, A Companion to Heritage Studies, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

The failures of neo-liberal state building in Iraq: assessing Australia's post-conflict reconstruction and development Initiatives

A Hassin, B Isakhan

(2016), Vol. 62, pp. 88-100, Australian journal of politics and history, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Eurocentrism and the history of democracy

B Isakhan

(2016), Vol. 51, pp. 56-70, Politische vierteljahresschrift, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Heritage destruction sectarian conflict under the 'Islamic State'

B Isakhan, T Al-deen

(2016), Canberra, A.C.T., A6

research report/technical paper

Archaeological looting under the 'Islamic State'

B Isakhan, A Gonzalez

(2016), Canberra, A.C.T., A6

research report/technical paper

Heritage destruction in the MENA region

E Cunliffe, B Isakhan

(2016), Geneva, Switzerland, A6

research report/technical paper
2015

Succeeding and seceding in Iraq: the case for a Shiite State

B Isakhan

(2015), pp. 139-152, Territorial separatism in global politics: causes, outcomes and resolution, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

The complex and contested history of democracy

B Isakhan

(2015), pp. 1-26, The Edinburgh companion to the history of democracy: from pre-history to future possibilities, Edinburgh, Scotland, B1

book chapter

Introduction: The Iraq legacies - intervention, occupation, withdrawal and beyond

B Isakhan

(2015), pp. 1-18, The Legacy of Iraq: From the 2003 War to the 'Islamic State', B1

book chapter

The de-baathifi cation of post-2003 Iraq: Purging the past for political power

B Isakhan

(2015), pp. 21-35, The Legacy of Iraq: From the 2003 War to the 'Islamic State', B1

book chapter

Shattering the Shia: A Maliki political strategy in post-Saddam Iraq

B Isakhan

(2015), pp. 67-81, The Legacy of Iraq: From the 2003 War to the 'Islamic State', B1

book chapter

Doing democracy in difficult times: Oil unions and the Maliki Government

B Isakhan

(2015), pp. 125-137, The Legacy of Iraq: From the 2003 War to the 'Islamic State', B1

book chapter

Conclusion: The Iraq legacies and the roots of the 'Islamic state

B Isakhan

(2015), pp. 223-235, The Legacy of Iraq: From the 2003 War to the 'Islamic State', B1

book chapter

Creating the Iraq cultural property destruction database: calculating a heritage destruction index

B Isakhan

(2015), Vol. 21, pp. 1-21, International journal of heritage studies, Abingdon, England, C1

journal article

Funding the 'Islamic State': looting antiquities and the international black market

B Isakhan, A Gonzalez

(2015), Canberra, A.C.T, A6

research report/technical paper

Heritage Destruction and Inciting Violence under the 'Islamic State'

B Isakhan, A Gonzalez

(2015), Canberra, A.C.T., A6

research report/technical paper

The Legacy of Iraq: From the 2003 War to the 'Islamic State'

B Isakhan

(2015), Edinburgh, Scotland, A7

edited book

Democracy: critiquing a Eurocentric history

B Isakhan

(2015), pp. 1-14, APSA 2015 : Proceedings of the 2015 Australian Political Studies Association Conference, Canberra, A.C.T., E1

conference
2014

Protests and public power in post-Saddam Iraq: the case of the Iraqi federation of oil union

B Isakhan

(2014), pp. 117-128, Informal power in the greater Middle East: hidden geographies, Abingdon, England, B1

book chapter

Introduction: Crisis and democracy in the twenty-first century

S Slaughter

(2014), pp. 1-22, Democracy and crisis: democratizing governance in the twenty-first century, London, England, B1

book chapter

Democratising Governance after the Arab Revolutions: The People, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Governance Networks of Egypt

Benjamin Isakhan

(2014), pp. 149-165, Democracy and Crisis, B1

book chapter

The future of democratic governance

B Isakhan, S Slaughter

(2014), pp. 253-263, Democracy and crisis: democratizing governance in the twenty-first century, London, England, B1

book chapter

The politics of Australia's withdrawal from Iraq

B Isakhan

(2014), Vol. 49, pp. 647-661, Australian journal of political science, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal article

Democracy and Crisis: Democratizing Governance in the Twenty-First Century

Benjamin Isakhan, Steve Slaughter

(2014), A7

edited book
2013

Heritage destruction and spikes in violence: The case of Iraq

B Isakhan

(2013), Vol. 2, pp. 219-247, Heritage and Identity, B1

book chapter

Despots or democrats?: Sistani, Sadr and Shia politics in post-Saddam Iraq

B Isakhan

(2013), pp. 171-192, Islam, Islamist movements and democracy in the Middle East: challenges, opportunities and responses, Delhi, India, B1

book chapter

Islam and democracy in Australia

B Isakhan

(2013), pp. 45-53, Education integration challenges: the case of Australian muslims, Melbourne, Vic., B1

book chapter
2012

Democracy in Iraq: History, politics, discource

B Isakhan

(2012), pp. 1-188, Democracy in Iraq: History, Politics, Discource, A1

book

What is so 'primitive' about 'primitive democracy'? Comparing the ancient Middle East and classical Athens

B Isakhan

(2012), pp. 19-34, The secret history of democracy, London, Eng., B1-1

book chapter

The streets of Iraq: protests and democracy after Saddam

B Isakhan

(2012), pp. 191-203, The secret history of democracy, London, Eng., B1-1

book chapter

Introduction : democracy and history

B Isakhan, B Isakhan, S Stockwell, S Stockwell

(2012), pp. 1-16, The secret history of democracy, London, Eng., B1-1

book chapter

Conclusion : democratising the history of democracy

B Isakhan, S Stockwell

(2012), pp. 219-224, The secret history of democracy, London, Eng., B1-1

book chapter

Conclusion : the promises and challenges of the Arab revolutions

S Akbarzadeh, F Mansouri, B Isakhan

(2012), pp. 153-159, The Arab revolutions in context : civil society and democracy in a changing Middle East, Melbourne, Vic., B1

book chapter

Introduction : people power and the Arab revolutions : towards a new conceptual framework of democracy in the Middle East

B Isakhan, F Mansouri, S Akbarzadeh

(2012), pp. 1-20, The Arab revolutions in context : civil society and democracy in a changing Middle East, Melbourne, Vic., B1

book chapter

Introduction: The complex and contested history of democracy

B Isakhan

(2012), pp. 1-26, The Edinburgh Companion to the History of Democracy, B1

book chapter

The Assyrians

B Isakhan

(2012), pp. 40-49, The Edinburgh Companion to the History of Democracy, B1

book chapter

Iraq

B Isakhan

(2012), pp. 407-417, The Edinburgh companion to the history of democracy, Edinburgh, Scotland, B1

book chapter

Occupation and democracy in re-colonial Iraq

B Isakhan

(2012), pp. 119-143, DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ: HISTORY, POLITICS, DISCOURCE, Farnham, England, B1-1

book chapter

Prelude: In the Beginning

B Isakhan

(2012), pp. IX-X, DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ: HISTORY, POLITICS, DISCOURCE, Farnham, Eng, B1-1

book chapter

Oppression and resistance in post-colonial Iraq

B Isakhan

(2012), pp. 97-118, DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ: HISTORY, POLITICS, DISCOURCE, Farnham, England, B1-1

book chapter

Islam and democracy in Iraq

B Isakhan

(2012), pp. 57-80, DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ: HISTORY, POLITICS, DISCOURCE, Farnham, England, B1-1

book chapter

Introduction : Democracy in Iraq

B Isakhan

(2012), pp. 1-13, DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ: HISTORY, POLITICS, DISCOURCE, Farnham, England, B1-1

book chapter

Discourses of democracy

B Isakhan

(2012), pp. 15-36, DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ: HISTORY, POLITICS, DISCOURCE, Farnham, England, B1-1

book chapter

Democracy in ancient Iraq

Benjamin Isakhan

(2012), pp. 37-56, DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ: HISTORY, POLITICS, DISCOURCE, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Conclusion : Democracy in Iraq

B Isakhan

(2012), pp. 145-152, DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ: HISTORY, POLITICS, DISCOURCE, Farnham, England, B1-1

book chapter

Discourses of democracy in colonial Iraq

B Isakhan

(2012), pp. 81-95, DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ: HISTORY, POLITICS, DISCOURCE, Farnham, England, B1-1

book chapter

The Edinburgh companion to the history of democracy

B Isakhan, S Stockwell

(2012), The Edinburgh Companion to the History of Democracy, A7

edited book

The Arab Revolutions in Context: Civil Society and Democracy in a Changing Middle East

Benjamin Isakhan, Fethi Mansouri, Shahram Akbarzadeh

(2012), A7

edited book

Oil unions and democracy in post-Saddam Iraq

B Isakhan

(2012), pp. 718-735, APSA 2012 : The Refereed Proceedings of the 2012 Australian Political Studies Association Conference, Hobart, Tas., E1

conference
2011

Towards understanding what Australia's Muslims really think

H Rane, M Nathie, B Isakhan, M Abdalla

(2011), Vol. 47, pp. 123-143, Journal of Sociology, C1-1

journal article

Targeting the symbolic dimension of baathist Iraq: Cultural destruction, historical memory, and national identity

B Isakhan

(2011), Vol. 4, pp. 257-281, Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, C1

journal article

The secret history of democracy

B Isakhan, S Stockwell

(2011), pp. 1-252, The Secret History of Democracy, A7-1

edited book
2010

Orientalism and the Australian news media : origins and questions

B Isakhan

(2010), pp. 3-25, Islam and the Australian news media, Melbourne, Vic., B1-1

book chapter

Despots or democrats? : Sistani, Sadr and Shia politics in post-Saddam Iraq

B Isakhan

(2010), APSA 2010 : Proceedings of the Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference : Connected globe : conflicting worlds, Melbourne, Vic., E1-1

conference
2009

Manufacturing consent in Iraq: interference in the post-Saddam media sector

Benjamin Isakhan

(2009), Vol. 3, pp. 7-25, International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies, C1-1

journal article

The streets of Iraq : protests, the public sphere and democracy

B Isakhan

(2009), pp. 1-18, APSA 2009 : Proceedings of the Australian Political Studies Association annual conference 2009, Brisbane, Qld., E1-1

conference

The early Australian press and the Middle Eastern 'other'

B Isakhan

(2009), pp. 730-746, ANZCA 2009 : Proceedings of the 2009 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference : Communication, creativity and global citizenship, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, E1-1

conference

Targeting the cultural history of Iraq : implications for national identity and democracy

B Isakhan

(2009), ISCH 2009 : Cultures of violence and conflict : Proceedings of the 2009 International Society for Cultural History Conference, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Qld., E1-1

conference
2008

Oriental despotism and the democratisation of Iraq in The Australian

B Isakhan

(2008), Vol. 16, pp. 1-17, Transformations, Bundaberg, QLD., C1-1

journal article

The Post-Saddam Iraqi Media: Reporting the Democratic Developments of 2005

B Isakhan

(2008), Vol. 7, Global Media Journal, C1-1

journal article

Democracy building in post-Saddam Iraq : 'historical memory' and 'primitive democracy'

B Isakhan

(2008), pp. 1-18, OCIS 2008 : Proceedings of the Oceanic Conference on International Studies, Brisbane, Qld., E1-1

conference

Mediated hegemony : interference in the post-Saddam Iraqi media sector

B Isakhan

(2008), pp. 1-19, APSA 2008 : Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Brisbane, Qld., E1-1

conference

The post-Saddam Iraqi media : the public sphere and democratisation

B Isakhan

(2008), pp. 1-14, Asian Media Information and Communication (AMIC) Conference, Brisbane, QLD, E1-1

conference
2007

Engaging "primitive democracy": Mideast roots of collective governance

B Isakhan

(2007), Vol. 14, pp. 97-117, Middle East Policy, C1-1

journal article

Media discourse and Iraq's democratisation : reporting the 2005 constitution in the Australian and Middle Eastern print media

B Isakhan

(2007), Vol. 29, pp. 97-114, Australian journalism review, Kelvin Grove, Qld., C1-1

journal article

The role of the press in Iraq's long struggle for democratic reform

B Isakhan

(2007), pp. 1-33, OURMedia - NUESTROSMedios VI 2007 : Sustainable futures, roles and challenges for community, alternative and citizens's media in the 21st century : Proceedings of the 2007 International Conference, University of Western Sydney, New South Wales, Sydney, N.S.W., E1-1

conference
2006

creativity.com : Aladdin's cave or pandora's box?

B Isakhan, J Nelson, P West

(2006), Vol. 9, pp. 1-1, M/C : a journal of media and culture, Brisbane, Qld., C1-1

journal article

Read all about it : the free press, the public sphere and democracy in Iraq

B Isakhan

(2006), Vol. 8, pp. 119-153, Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies, Amman, Jordan, C1-1

journal article

Constitution making in post-Saddam Iraq : Reporting the Drafting and Ratification of the Iraqi Constitution in the Australian and Middle Eastern print media

B Isakhan

(2006), pp. 1-31, JEA 2006 : Proceedings of the 2006 Journalism Education Association conference, Auckland, New Zealand, E1-1

conference

Re-thinking Middle Eastern democracy : lessons from ancient Mesopotamia

B Isakhan

(2006), pp. 1-16, APSA 2006 : Proceedings of the 2006 Australasian Political Studies Association conference, Newcastle, New South Wales, E1-1

conference

Iraq's December 2005 election : reporting democratisation in the Australian and Middle Eastern print media

B Isakhan

(2006), pp. 1-14, ANZCA 2006 : Empowerment, creativity and innovation : Challenging media and communication in the 21st century, Adelaide, S. Aust., E1-1

conference

Engaging Mesopotamia's 'primitive democracy' : re-thinking the democratisation of the Middle East

B Isakhan

(2006), pp. 1-21, WOCMES-2 2006 : Proceedings of the Second World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies conference, Amman, Jordan, Amman, Jordan, E1-1

conference
2005

Re-ordering Iraq : minorities and the media in times of disorder

B Isakhan

(2005), Vol. 7, pp. 1-1, M/C : a journal of media and culture, Brisbane, Qld., C1-1

journal article

From despotism to democracy : reporting Iraq's January 2005 election in the Australian and Middle Eastern print media

B Isakhan

(2005), pp. 1-22, JEA 2005 : Proceedings of the 2005 Journalism Education Association conference, Gold Coast, Queensland, E1-1

conference

Reporting Iraq's cosmopolitan society in the Australian print media : The case of the Assyrian church bombings

B Isakhan

(2005), pp. 1-16, Sites of Cosmopolitanism Conference, Brisbane, July 6-8 2005, Griffith University : conference papers, Brisbane, Queensland, E1-1

conference
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Introduction

Benjamin Isakhan, Steven Slaughter

(), Democracy and Crisis, B1-1

book chapter

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Measuring the Destruction of Heritage and Spikes of Violence in Iraq

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

ARC DECRA - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

  • 2014: $138,953
  • 2013: $138,147
  • 2012: $126,539

Measuring Cultural Property Destruction in Iraq and Syria

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan

DoD Grant - Research - Department of Defence

  • 2017: $345,454
  • 2016: $231,818
  • 2015: $100,000

After Islamic State: Local-State-Global Heritage Dynamics in Syria and Iraq

A/Prof Benjamin Isakhan, Prof Lynn Meskell

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2020: $131,070

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2019

Sayed Fadlullah Fadel

Thesis entitled: The Military and Egypt's Failed Democratisation: A Qualitative Content Analysis of Media Coverage

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

2017

Diane Christine Siebrandt

Thesis entitled: Military Occupation of Heritage Sites: Orientalism, Archaeology and the Iraq War

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Associate Supervisor
2019

Tezcan Gumus

Thesis entitled: Turkey's failure to consolidate democracy and the role of political leaders

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

2016

Elizabeth Effeney

Thesis entitled: Democratically Grounded Cosmopolitanism: Iraqi Refugees in Australia Since 2003

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

2015

Ahmed Hassin

Thesis entitled: Roles of Civil Society in Nation-Building and Post-conflict Reconstruction in Iraq

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences