3rd International Kurdish Studies Conference: Call for Abstracts

Shifting Dynamics of the Kurdistan Question in a Changing Middle East

 

The 3rd International Kurdish Studies Conference is taking place at Middlesex University on 25-26 June, organised by the Department of Politics and Law, Middlesex University, Minority Rights Group International and the Centre for Kurdish Progress.

Over 35 million Kurds live under the national jurisdictions of Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria where the Kurdish identity, culture, linguistic rights, homeland and own political representation are contested and contained in most cases by the force of arms. Consequently, the combination of authoritarian state ideologies, the systematic and recurrent use of state violence in these countries has led to the rise of Kurdish opposition. In turn, the ruling states have further used the Kurdish resistance as a pretext to reinforce draconian policies of negation, assimilation and elimination of Kurdish national aspirations.

The 20th century has marked the most repressive state policies against the Kurdish quest for self determination. At the turn of the 21st century, however, various political developments suggest a shift for the Kurds. The regime change in Iraq in 2003, the ongoing civil war in Syria and the emergence of ISIS were among the watershed events that have not only changed the balance of power in the Middle East but also the perception and position of the Kurds in the global political system.

The establishment of the Kurdistan Regional Government in Kurdistan-Iraq, the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria and the rise of pro-Kurdish political parties in Kurdistan-Turkey have given rise to the political visibility of the Kurds in international politics. The old borders and boundaries that separated the Kurds are becoming increasingly ineffective. These crucial developments have deepened the sovereignty crisis of the oppressive regional states. Simultaneously with this emerging new political geography and visibility of the Kurds, the number of scholarly studies on the “Kurdish Question” and “Kurdistan Question” has rapidly increased in recent years. The “Kurdistan Question” is growing into an international political issue that needs a global response to find a peaceful settlement in the region.


Keynote Speaker
Prof Abbas Vali, Emeritus Professor of Sociology

 

Call for Abstracts
This interdisciplinary conference aims to bring together researchers from a range of disciplines working on Kurdish history, politics, culture, gender, minority rights and diaspora to examine the ongoing political, social and cultural developments in the lives of the Kurds and Kurdistan. In this context, we seek a broad range of contributions from disciplines of sociology, politics, anthropology,
philosophy, psychology, gender studies, cultural studies, history, economics, law, international relations and migration studies.
Researchers are kindly encouraged to contribute to and help shape the conference through submissions of their research abstracts. We also welcome proposals for sessions and are open to suggestions as to what format these take, including panel discussions, roundtables and workshops or  book launches. The conference will provide an excellent venue for academics, researchers, students, professionals and policymakers.


How to submit
Please submit your abstract of maximum 350 words to KurdishStudies@mdx.ac.uk. Please suggest up to 5 keywords, indicate your institutional affiliation and the stage of your fieldwork, if it’s relevant.


The Conference Organising Committee
Dr Janroj Yilmaz Keles, Middlesex University
Prof Joshua Castellino, Middlesex University and Minority Rights Group International
Dr Naif Bezwan, University of Innsbruck, Austria, and UCL
Ibrahim Dogus, Centre for Kurdish Progress
Ass.Prof Mehmet Ali Dikerdem, Middlesex University
Dr Tunc Aybak, Middlesex University
Dr Edel Huges, Middlesex University
Prof. Dr. Abdurrahman Gülbeyaz Nagasaki University
Dr Arzu Yilmaz
Dr Selim Temo, Associate professor
Dr Umut Erel, Open University
Dr Necla Acik, University of Manchester
Dr Kamal Soleimani, The College of Mexico, Mexico
Dr Mohammed Shareef, University of Exeter


Conference Details
Location: Middlesex University, London, UK

Dates

Abstract submission deadline

March 15th , 2019

Notification of acceptance

April 1st , 2019

Conference Date

June 25-26, 2019

 

Conference Fee
Registration fee: £ 100
Discount fee for students (postgraduate and doctoral): £ 50
All delegates will be expected to make and pay for their own travel and accommodation arrangements.


Abstract Submission Guidelines
The maximum word limit for the abstract is 350 words. The abstract must contain a brief statement of the objectives, methodology, essential results and the conclusion of the study.


The abstract must also contain the authors’ names, institutional affiliations, contact number, email and postal address. Please submit your abstract to KurdishStudies@mdx.ac.uk email address.


Contact: For more information, please contact Dr Janroj Yilmaz Keles at J.Keles@mdx.ac.uk

When:

June 25, 2019 at 12pm - June 26, 2019

Where:

Middlesex University

Contact:

Dr Janroj Yilmaz Keles ·

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