Fazil Moradi

Fazil Moradi

Fazil Moradi has completed his PhD at the University of Halle-Wittenberg, Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, and Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, MA and BA, Department of Sociology, Uppsala University, Social Sciences and Philosophy.

Moradi has carried out an ethnographic inquiry into modes of translation of the Iraqi Baʿth state’s genocide (al-Anfāl operations, 1987–1991). By applying translation as an analytical framework and hospitality as an everyday encounter and “method” in the afterlives of genocide his dissertation contributes to the field of genocide studies, anthropology of genocide, and memory studies. The research scrutinizes living on of the “past”, survivors, and the Kurdish nation and the future to come in the post-Baʿth Kurdistan Region of Iraq. He has also conducted research on memorials, visual evidence, and digitized testimonies of genocide in the afterlives in Rwanda, and published on the latent and manifest forms of racism, segregation and segregated spaces, racialized skin at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 2008, to argue that the “post-”apartheid “rainbow nation” inherits and carries along a racializing memory and bureaucracy. His latest inquiry engages the arrival of the “Islamic state” in the Sinjār region in Iraq in August 2014, and its exterminatory violence against the Êzîdî (Yazidi) population. Moradi’s anthropological inquiries include art and aesthetic practices, archive, restitution of art and artifacts, imperial violence in the Middle East, and algorithmization of the everyday. Currently, he is working on a monograph entitled Hosting Modernity’s Feminicide-Genocide: Writing al-Anfāl into World History. As both inter and transdisciplinary commitment, the book engages translation and hospitality in the afterlives of modernity’s violence.

Current position
University affiliation
University of Johannesburg


Future in Translation: From Genocide to Genophilia

In a world increasingly molded by tele-technology, filmic, photographic, and artistic imagery, genocidal violence take place as an everyday visual and virtual experience. States, evidentiary institutions such as museum and the judiciary, and technical media across the world take part in narrative and image flows that uphold and disseminate standard evidence of genocidal violence in full view of the world/local public eye. The postdoctoral research delves into questions such as how the past in translation begins as a selective way of seeing and experiencing the contemporary nation(-state) in the everyday, and how it unendingly reconstructs the nation as mobile, turns around, and turns it into an object of infinite love and (against) ruin.

Previous research: Afterlives of al-Anfāl Genocide


  • Moradi, Fazil, and Richard Rottenburg, eds. (2019) "Tele-evidence - On the Translatability of Modernity's Violence." in Critical Studies 4 (Special Issue).
  • Moradi, Fazil (2019) "Un translatable Death, Evidentiary Bodies: After-Auschwitz and Murambi-in Translation." in Critical Studies 4:137-156.
  • Moradi, Faraidoun, Mia Söderberg, Fazil Moradi, Bledar Daka, Anna-Carin Olin, Mona Lärstad (2019) "Health perspectives among Halabja’s civilian survivors of sulfur mustard exposure with respiratory symptoms - A qualitative study." in PLoS ONE 14(6):e0218648. → https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0218648
  • Moradi, Fazil, and Richard Rottenburg (2019) "Tele-evidence - On the Translatability of Modernity's Violence." in Critical Studies 4:5-23.
  • Moradi, Fazil (2019) "Extremhögern skapar bilden av invandraren: Rasismen är både världspolitik och våldspolitik." in Bohusläningen.https://www.bohuslaningen.se/%C3%A5sikt/debatt-och-ins%C3%A4ndare/extremh%C3%B6gern-skapar-bilden-av-invandraren-1.13425341
  • Moradi, Fazil (2019) "Turkish frozen chicken, eggs, and falling bombs on the Kurdistan Region." in NRT.http://www.nrttv.com/en/birura-details.aspx?authorid=22&Articleid=49
  • Moradi, Fazil (2018) "Zirak Mira’s Feminicidal Assembly." in Culture Project: Art Feminism And Gender.http://cultureproject.org.uk/2018/08/21/Zirak-Miras-Feminicidal-Assembly/
  • Moradi, Hawar and Fazil Moradi (2018) "Afrin måste ses som en viktig del i vår gemensamma mänsklighet." in Flammanhttp://flamman.se/a/afrin-maste-ses-som-en-viktig-del-i-var-gemensamma-mansklighet
  • Moradi, Faraidoun and Fazil Moradi (2018) "Sverige bör inrätta mottagning för stridsgasskadade patienter." in Läkartidningen (Swedish medical journal)http://www.lakartidningen.se/Opinion/Debatt/2018/03/Sverige-bor-inratta-mottagning-for-stridsgasskadade-patienter/
  • Moradi, Fazil (2018) "Love and Feminicide in Kurdistan." in Culture Magazine 3 (2018):21-27. trans. by Nabz Samad.
  • Moradi, Fazil, Ralph Buchenhorst, and Maria Six-Hohenbalken (2017) "Memory and genocide: on what remains and the possibility of representation." London and New York: Routledge.
  • Moradi, Fazil (2017) "Genocide in translation: on memory, justice, and future remembrance." in Memory and genocide: on what remains and the possibility of representation , edited by Fazil Moradi, Ralph Buchenhorst, and Maria Six-Hohenbalken London and New York: Routledge.
  • Moradi, Fazil and Hawar Moradi (2017) "Can the President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq Cry? On Justice to Come." in Sprache – Migration – Zusammenhalt. Kurdisch und seine Diaspora, , edited by Katharina Brizić, Agnes Grond, Christoph Osztovics, Thomas Schmidinger, Maria Six-Hohenbalken. Wien: Praesens
  • Moradi, Fazil (2017) "Det Var Inte Bättre på Gustav III:s tid." in Bohusläningenhttp://www.bohuslaningen.se/åsikt/debatt-och-insändare/det-var-inte-bättre-på-gustav-iii-s-tid-1.4987870
  • Moradi, Fazil (2017) "Iraq and rest of humanity." in Opendemocracyhttps://www.opendemocracy.net/north-africa-west-asia/fazil-moradi/iraq-and-rest-of-humanity
  • Moradi, Fazil (2017) "In search of cardinal virtues in Iraq." in Opendemocracyhttps://www.opendemocracy.net/north-africa-west-asia/fazil-moradi/in-search-of-cardinal-virtues-in-iraq
  • Moradi, Fazil and Hawar Moradi (2016) "Can the president of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq cry?" in Opendemocracyhttps://www.opendemocracy.net/arab-awakening/fazil-moradi-hawar-moradi/can-president-of-kurdistan-region-of-iraq-cry
  • Moradi, Fazil, and Kjell Anderson (2016) "The Islamic State’s Êzîdî Genocide in Iraq: The ‘Sinjār Operations’." in Genocide Studies International 10 (2): 1-33.
  • Moradi, Fazil (2016) "The Force of Writing in Genocide: On Sexual Violence in the al-Anfāl Operations and Beyond." in Gender Violence in Peace and War: States of Complicity, 102-115 , edited by Victoria Sanford, Katerina Stefatos and Cecilia Salvi. New Brunswick, NJ and London: Rutgers University Press.
  • Moradi, Fazil (2015) "Dawn in Salar Majeed's 12 m2 atelier: memory of loss and future in the city of Sulaimani." in 100 Jahre Völkermord an AremnierInnen und die KurdInnen: komplexe Vergangenheit und Nachwirken in der Gegenwart , edited by Ferdinand Hennerbichler, Christoph Osztovics, Maria Six-Hohenbalken and Thomas Schmidinger, 215-243. Wien: Caesar Press.
  • Moradi, Fazil, Adel Daoud, Roukaya A. Ibrahim, and Shailen Nandy (2015) "Iraq." in The SAGE encyclopedia of world poverty , edited by Mehmet Odekon. Thousand Oaks: SAGE.
  • Moradi, Fazil (2014) "Foreword: for the love of life." in A new perspective: suggestions on how to remember the crime of genocide, by Omer Muhamad, translated into Kurdish by Goran Baba Ali. Sulaimani: Kamal.
  • Moradi, Fazil (2012) "The Baʿth Regime’s State of Exception: Configuration of de facto Sovereignty or al-Anfāl Operations." in Kawana 14: 28-37, translated into Kurdish by M. H. Saleh Tawfiq.
  • Moradi, Fazil (2010) "Colour-line: The Petrifaction of Racialization and Alterity at the University of Stellenbosch." in The Journal of Higher Education in Africa 8 (2): 1-21.