Fazil Moradi

Fazil MoradiNetwork Member

Fazil Moradi is Research Fellow at Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS) – University of Johannesburg in South Africa. At JIAS, he is also the organizer of a monthly Virtual Symposium, gathering together critical scholars to participate in the production and circulation of critical knowledge. He is a Research Associate at the Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, 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 works together with medical science scholars on the long-term impacts of chemical warfare agents at Sahlgrenska Academy – University of Gothenburg in Sweden. And, is a fellow at Law, Organization, Science and Technology Research Network, Sci-Tech Asia Research Network, and Refugee Outreach & Research Network.

Current position
University affiliation
University of Johannesburg


Dr Moradi’s current research interests include the Destruction of the Kingdom of Benin in 1897; Restitution of Plundered Artworks in Benin, Babylon and Egypt; Memories of Imperial-Colonialism and of Femicidal/Genocidal Violence of the Modern/Colonial State; Hospitality, Justice and Law; Al- Khwārizmīc [Algorithmic] Modernity; Genophilia; Decolonial Knowledge and Politics, and Forced Displacement/Migration. His research is cross-disciplinary and involves the current paradoxical institutions of daily life, but also historical relations across borders.


  • Moradi, Fazil (2021) "Book Review. Borders, Media Crossing and the Politics of Translation: The Gaze from Southern Africa." in Critical Arts.https://doi.org/10.1080/02560046.2021.1922478
  • Moradi, Faraidoun, Fazil Moradi, Mia Söderberg, Anna-Carin Olin, Mona Lärstad (2020) "Gendered Lived Experiences of Marriage and Family following Exposure to Chemical Warfare Agents: Content Analysis of Qualitative Interviews with Survivors in Halabja, Kurdistan-Iraq." in BMJ Open 10 (10): e034277. → https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/10/10/e034277.info
  • Moradi, Fazil (2020) "Musik der Freundschaft: Bemerkungen über Yārī als Ethik der Lebensform." in Taurus in die Tauern: Kurdisches Leben in den österreichischen Bundesländern , edited by Agnes Grond, Katharina Brizić, Christoph Osztovics, Thomas Schmidinger. Wien: Praesens Verlag.
  • 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 Flamman.http://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 Bohusläningen.http://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 Opendemocracy.https://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 Opendemocracy.https://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 Opendemocracy.https://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 , edited by Victoria Sanford, Katerina Stefatos and Cecilia Salvi, 102-115. 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.