Fazil Moradi

Fazil MoradiNetwork Member

Fazil Moradi is a Research Fellow at the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS), University of Johannesburg in South Africa. His current research focuses on the destruction of the Kingdom of Benin in 1897, its interrelated epistemicide and culturecides in Benin City. At JIAS he organizes and directs a monthly Virtual Symposium, bringing together scholars to participate in critical knowledge production and dissemination worldwide. Moradi has been a researcher at the International Max Planck Research School on Retaliation, Mediation and Punishment, and taught at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Halle in Germany. As a socioanthropologist of modernity, he is a committed member of Law, Organization, Science and Technology Research Network, and Sci-Tech Asia Research Network. In the recent years, he has started to work with medical science scholars on the long-term impacts of chemical warfare agents at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.      

Current position
University affiliation
University of Johannesburg


Moradi’s socioanthropological and/or cross-disciplinary inquiries entangle anthropology of modernity, political and legal anthropology, medical anthropology, political philosophy, literature and poetry, history of knowledge and violence, post-colonial and decolonial studies, political sociology and technoscientific studies. His main research interests and publications revolve around modernity’s violence and memories in the Middle East, Africa and Europe, algorithmic modernity, satellite and drone imagery, tele-evidence, chemical warfare agents and human body, gender violence, forced displacement, technoscience, art, museum, archive and national memory, translation and hospitality, and destruction of ecologies and cultures during imperial-colonialism.


  • 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.