Support for Kadri Yıldırım

kadriyThe following statement (below in Turkish and English) is currently being circulated in support of Professor Kadri Yıldırım, who was taken into custody three days ago in Mardin. If you wish to offer your support, please send your title, name, and affiliation to Professor Mesut Yeğen at İstanbul Şehir Univeristy at the following email: mesutyegen@sehir.edu.tr. Put “Support for Prof Kadri Yildirim” in the subject line.

 

Kamuoyuna

Mardin Artuklu Üniversitesi Rektör Yardımcısı Prof. Kadri Yıldırım üniversitede gerçekleştiği iddia edilen bir yolsuzlukla ilgili olarak üç gündür gözaltında tutulmaktadır. Avukatları, gözaltında olduğu bu üç gün boyunca söz konusu yolsuzluk iddiasıyla ilgili olarak Kadri Yıldırım’a herhangi bir ithamda bulunulmadığını belirtmektedir. Bu hal, Kadri Yıldırım’a Kürt meselesinde almış olduğu muhalif tutumun ve Kürdoloji alanına yaptığı eşsiz katkının bedelinin ödetilmek istendiği şeklinde bir izlenimin doğmasına yol açmaktadır.

Biz aşağıda imzası olanlar Prof. Kadri Yıldırım’a dönük bu haksız muameleyi protesto ediyor ve hocanın yanında olduğumuzu duyuruyoruz.

 

Public Statement

Vice Rector of Mardin Artuklu University, Professor Kadri Yıldırım, has been in custody for 3 days due to alleged corruption charges. In these 3 days in custody his lawyers have stated that Kadri Yıldırım has not been accused of the aforementioned corruption claim. This situation gives the impression that he is paying the price for his unique contributions to field of Kurdology and his opposing viewpoints with regards to the Kurdish issue.

We whose signatures are below protest the unfair treatment of Kadri Yıldırım  and we announce our support for him.

 

 

CfP | Transformed Nations: State policies in Kurdish‐Populated areas in Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Iran

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Abstracts: due 1st December 2014

Download full CfP here.

 

CSU Long Beach: Forum on Kurds | Crisis in Iraq and Syria

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37 Kurdish studies papers to be presented at MESA

MIDDLE EAST STUDIES ASSOCIATION MEETING14-DC logo color
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC
22-25 November 2014

A full listing of Kurdish panels, papers, and events.

An amazing 37 Kurdish studies papers will be presented in 4 days!

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Meetings: Saturday, November 22 2-3pm

ksa_logo copyKurdish Studies Association meeting (Coolidge Room)

Guest speakers:

Mehmet Yüksel, HDP representative in Washington
Mutlu Çiviroğlu, Washington-based journalist will provide update on Kobanê

Kurdish Studies Association Reception to follow
3.30-5pm (location to be announced at meeting)

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Saturday, November 22
4-5pm

Undergraduate Research Poster Session

Three of the 16 poster presentations are focused on the Kurds:

Jennie Barker, Tulane U–The Kurds In Turkey: Prospects for Peace Under the AKP
Julie Duerst, Lewis & Clark Col–The Roots of Unrest in Turkey
Kevin Miller, Loyola U–From Sheikhs to Statesmen: The Gradual Shift from Regional Rebellions to Nationalist Movements in Southern Kurdistan Since WWI

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Kurdish-themed panels and papers (marked with *):

Saturday, November 22 5.30-7.30pm

The Kurds and the Changing Middle East Political Map

Organized by Michael M. Gunter
Supported by Ahmed Foundation for Kurdish Studies
Chair: Robert W. Olson, U Kentucky
Discussant: Tozun Bahcheli, King’s Col London

Panelists:

*Mohammed M.A. Ahmed, Ahmed Foundation for Kurdish Studies–Are the Kurds Missing the Boat?
*Michael M. Gunter, Tennessee Technological U–The Syrian Kurds & the Changing Middle East Political Map
*Diane E. King, U Kentucky–The Kurdistan Region of Iraq and the Changing Middle East Political Map
*Nader Entessar, U South Alabama–Securitization of Kurdish Demands in Iran
*Vera Eccarius-Kelly, Siena Col–Kurdish Identity and Diaspora Politics: Re-Positioning Dissent

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Sunday, November 23 8.30-10.30am

Failing to Imagine Cartographic and Discursive Borders

Organized by Emine Rezzan Karaman
Discussant: Sabri Ates, Southern Methodist U

Panelists:

*Emine Rezzan Karaman, UCLA–Neither Persian nor Kurdish: Imposition of Osmanlilik in the Kurdish Frontier and Making of the Ottoman-Persian Border
*Seda Altug, Bogaziçi U–State, People and Violence in the Making of the Turco-Syrian Frontier
*Dilan Okcuoglu, Queen’s U–Control and Resilience in Kurdish Geography: Case Studies of Van and Hakkari

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ksa_logo copySunday, November 23 11am to 1pm

Conflict, Displacement and the Transformation of Kurdish Identity in Turkey: Negotiating Linguistic and Religious Identity(ies)

Organized by Mehmet Kurt
Sponsored by Kurdish Studies Association (KSA)
Chair: Christian Sinclair, U Arizona

Panelists:

*Gulay Turkmen, Yale U–United in Religion, Divided by Ethnicity: The Failure of Islam as a Supranational Identity in the Kurdish-Turkish Conflict in Turkey
*Mehmet Kurt, Selcuk U–Between Radical Islam and Kurdishness: An Ethnography of Kurdish Hizbullah in Turkey
*Yeşim Mutlu, Middle East Technical U–Negotiating Kurdishness Through Language: The Case of Internally Displaced Kurdish Youngsters within the Education System in Turkey
*Birgul Yilmaz, SOAS, U London– Language, Identity and Conflict in Turkey: Language Rights and Activism as a Catalyst of Democratization, Political Negotiation and Resistance

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Sunday, November 23 11am – 1pm

Nature and Society: Environmental Roots of State Formation in the Modern Middle East, 18th-20th Century

Organized by Yaron Ayalon
Discussant: Alan Mikhail, Yale U

Panelists:

Zoe Griffith, Brown U–A Fine-Grained History: Socio-Politics of Rice Cultivation in 18th-Century Ottoman Egypt
Andrew Robarts, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)–Nowhere to Run To, Nowhere to Hide: State, Society, and Epidemic Disease in the Ottoman Balkans
Ranin Kazemi, Kansas State U–The Environmental Causes of the Tobacco Protest in Nineteenth-Century Iran
Yaron Ayalon, Ball State U–Natural Disasters and the Fall of the Ottoman Empire
*Joseph D. Lombardo, The New School– Eppur Si Muove: Italian Capital, the Environment, and the Kurdish Struggle

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Sunday, November 23 2-4pm

ksa_logo copyIdentity, Language, Media, and Memory: Kurds in the US Diaspora

Organized by Christian Sinclair
Sponsored by Kurdish Studies Association (KSA)

Panelists:

*Aynur de Rouen, Binghamton U SUNY– Coming to America: Kurdish Diaspora in the United States
*Stan Thangaraj, City Col of New York– Navigating Empire(s) Through Religion and Culture: Muslim Kurdish American Women and Challenging Power(s)
*Christian Sinclair, U Arizona–Infusing Media Rhythms into the Diasporic Space: Kurds and Media Production in the US
*Amir Sharifi, CSU Long Beach– The Role of Heritage Language in Identity Construction Among Diasporic Kurds in the United States

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Sunday, November 23 4.30-6.30pm

Kurdish Imaginations – Imaginations of Kurdishness

Organized by Marlene Schafers and Susan Benson-Sokmen
Chair: Sophie Richter-Devroe, U Exeter
Discussant: Hisyar Ozsoy, U of Michigan Flint

Panelists:

*Marlene Schafers, U Cambridge–In Pursuit of Permanent Traces: Constituting Authorship Through Inscription
*Susan Benson-Sokmen, U Toronto–Imagining the Non-State: Historical Production in Turkey’s “Fourth Most-Kurdish City”
*Elif Ege-Tatar, U at Buffalo–A Feminist Account of Kurdishness: Everyday Lives of Young Kurdish Women in Istanbul
*Veronica Buffon, U Exeter–Imagining and Sense of Belonging in Diyarbakır: When ‘Health’ and Kurdishness Encounter Political Conflict and Biomedical Domain
*Anoush Tamar Suni, UCLA–An Armenian Past in a Kurdish Present: The Politics of Remembering and Forgetting

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Monday, November 24 2.30-4.30pm

Kurdishness, Identity, and Memory in Turkey

Chair: Dilan Okcuoglu, Queen’s U

Panelists:

*Muna Guvenc, UC Berkeley–Making Claims of Kurdishness: ‘Alternative’ Urban Projects in Diyarbakir, Turkey
*Gozde Ege, U Washington–The Kurdish Movement and the Politics of Memory: Remembering Armenians in Van, Turkey
*Mucahit Bilici, John Jay Col CUNY–Kurdishness at Peace with Islam: Indigenization and the Kurdistani Approach to Post-Conflict Articulations of Kurdish Identity in Turkey
*Lydia Shanklin Roll, U Kentucky–“Here We Live Our Culture”: Claiming Kurdishness in Urban Turkey

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Monday, November 24 5-7pm

Dressing and Undressing for the Nation in the Post-World War I Middle East

Organized by Ahmet Serdar Akturk
Chair: Joel Gordon, U Arkansas
Discussant: Sarah D. Shields, UNC Chapel Hill

Panelists:

*Sevgi Adak, Leiden U–Clothing and the Debate on Secular National Identity in Turkey: The Dress Law of 1934
*Ahmet Serdar Akturk, Georgia Southern U–Kurdish Nationalism and Clothing Reform in the Post-Ottoman Era
Sivan Balslev, Tel Aviv U–Dressing and Impressing Hegemony: Dress Reform and Hegemonic Masculinity in Interwar Iran
Hilary Kalmbach, U Sussex–From Turban to Tarboush: Dress and the Construction of Egyptian National Identity in the Interwar Period

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Tuesday, November 25 8.30-10.30am

Anthropology of Everyday Contradictions and Mediations in Turkey’s Kurdistan

Organized by Firat Bozcali, Omer Ozcan, Dilan Yildirim, and Cagri Yoltar
Discussant: Narges Erami, Yale U

Panelists:

*Firat Bozcali, Stanford U–Materials and Moralities of Smuggling: Moral Economy of the Kurdish Border-Trade across Turkey and Iran
*Cagri Yoltar, Duke U–A Tale of Two Strikes: Moralities of Kurdish Struggle and Municipal Labor Politics in Turkey’s Kurdistan
*Omer Ozcan, U Texas Austin–Smuggling at “Peace”: The Peace Process and “Smuggling” in a Border Town of Turkey’s Kurdistan
*Dilan Yildirim, Harvard U–Disobedient Mountains and Rivers of Revolt: Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency by the Other Means in Turkish Kurdistan

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Tuesday, November 25 11am-1pm

Kurdistan(s) in Conflict

Chair: Suheir Abu Oksa Daoud, Costal Carolina U

Panelists:

*Daniel Meier, CNRS-PACTE–Disputed Territories in KRG: A National Identity Issue
*Zeki Sarigil, Bilkent U–Inter-ethnic Tolerance in Turkey: Turks vs. Kurds
*Kawa Morad, U Exeter–(Dis)Placing Bodies: Syrian Kurdish Refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan
*Thomas Schmidinger, U Vienna– Rojava (Syrian-Kurdistan) as a Borderland in Civil War

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Tuesday, November 25 1.30-3.30pm

Transnational Cultural Production

Chair: Zeynep Seviner, U Washington

Panelists:

*Suncem Kocer, Kadir Has U–Kurdish Cinema as a Transnational Homeland
Mohammed Hirchi, Colorado State U–Tangiers and the Dynamics of the Borderland in the Era of Globalization
Anders Ackfeldt, Lund U–Staging Islam in Music Videos: The Case of “Paid in Full”
Isra Ali, Rutgers, State U of New Jersey–Adaptation: Cultural Alliances and Television Production in Israel and the United States
Robert Lang, U Hartford–Ari Folman’s Waltz with Bashir: Whose Trauma?

Kurdish Studies Association at MESA

14-DC logo colorThe Middle East Studies Association meeting is around the corner. It will take place in Washington, DC from November 22 to 25. The Kurdish Studies Association will host the following events:

Saturday, November 22
Annual meeting
2-3pm in Coolidge (M) at the conference hotel

Special guest speakers:

>Mehmet Yüksel, US representative from the People’s Democratic Party (HDP)
>Mutlu Çiviroğlu, Washington-based journalist will provide update on Kobanê

Kurdish Studies Association reception to follow, 3.30-5pm. Location to be announced at meeting.

Sunday, November 23
11am to 1pm
Conflict, Displacement and the Transformation of Kurdish Identity in Turkey: Negotiating Linguistic and Religious Identity(ies)

Organized by Mehmet Kurt

Sponsored by Kurdish Studies Association (KSA)

Chair: Christian Sinclair, U Arizona

Panelists:

Gulay Turkmen, Yale U–United in Religion, Divided by Ethnicity: The Failure of Islam as a Supranational Identity in the Kurdish-Turkish Conflict in Turkey

Mehmet Kurt, Selcuk U–Between Radical Islam and Kurdishness: An Ethnography of Kurdish Hizbullah in Turkey

Yeşim Mutlu, Middle East Technical U–Negotiating Kurdishness Through Language: The Case of Internally Displaced Kurdish Youngsters within the Education System in Turkey

Birgul Yilmaz, SOAS, U London– Language, Identity and Conflict in Turkey: Language Rights and Activism as a Catalyst of Democratization, Political Negotiation and Resistance

Sunday, November 23
2-4pm
Identity, Language, Media, and Memory: Kurds in the US Diaspora

Organized by Christian Sinclair

Sponsored by Kurdish Studies Association (KSA)

Panelists:

Aynur de Rouen, Binghamton U SUNY– Coming to America: Kurdish Diaspora in the United States

Stan Thangaraj, City Col of New York– Navigating Empire(s) Through Religion and Culture: Muslim Kurdish American Women and Challenging Power(s)

Christian Sinclair, U Arizona–Infusing Media Rhythms into the Diasporic Space: Kurds and Media Production in the US

Amir Sharifi, CSU Long Beach– The Role of Heritage Language in Identity Construction Among Diasporic Kurds in the United States

For more information about the MESA meeting in DC, go to: mesa.arizona.edu

New KSA Logo

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The Kurdish Studies Association has a new logo! The KSA’s new logo was designed by Iraj Esmailpour Ghouchani. More about the designer can be found at his website here: http://www.ethnologie.uni-muenchen.de/forschung/doktoranden/ghouchani_dok/index.html. Many thanks Iraj for the inspired design!

CfP: Kurdish Geopolitics

Call for Papers: Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting 2014, Tampa, Florida, April 8-12th

“Kurdish Geopolitics”

Session organizers:
Till F. Paasche, Department of Geography, Soran University, Kurdish Region, Iraq
Sanan Moradi, Department of Geography, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, US

Once again Kurdistan is at a crossroads regarding its future geopolitical arrangements. On the one hand, there is an old pan-Kurdish independence discourse that underlies, in one way or another, every debate on the region. On the other hand, more recent events that are sometimes not immediately controlled by the Kurds themselves re-structure Kurdistan granting increasing degrees of sovereignty and autonomy. In particular, this refers to the post-2003 events in Iraq including the current sectarian terror and the ongoing conflict in Syria. However, as Kurdish history has taught us, events in one part of Kurdistan do not leave other parts untouched. A tragic reminder of this is the Syrian Kurds pouring into Iraq.

The combination of the century old independence struggle and rapidly changing geopolitical formations create different forms of autonomous Kurdish regions which scholars still struggle to define. While many Kurdish individuals and politicians still see independence as an impermissible right, pragmatically, it seems, Kurds gradually tie their struggle for democratization within their hosting states and opt for shared sovereignty that is part of federal structures. While lacking de jure independence, parts of Kurdistan function as nation states. This relatively new development thus re-positions Kurds in the regional power-landscape and allows them to become a major player in democratization of their host countries, establish regional economic networks, and, although slowly, play a more active role in regional geopolitics beyond their immediate borders.

Following last year’s AAG session ‘Diverse Kurdish Geographies of Space, Place and Power’ this call for papers seeks to continue the discussion and attempts to provide a platform that enables an interdisciplinary dialogue on questions concerned with Kurdish nationhood, self-determination, sovereignty, and federalism.

Possible presentation topics include:

- Explanation of the different contemporary Kurdish (semi-) autonomous structures?

- Relationships between oil and sovereignty

- Strategic relationship between Turkey and the KRG and its impact on the PKK

- The Arab Spring and Kurdish territoriality (Syria and beyond)

- Iran’s new administration and democratic prospects for its ethnic periphery

- Turkey’s recent democratic reform and its (geo)political imperatives

If in doubt if your idea fits the session or if you have any other queries do not hesitate to contact the organizers (till.paasche@soran.edu.iq, moradis@miamioh.edu)

Submission deadline is December 3, 2013.

Call for Papers: Kurdish Studies Association at MESA 2014

Call for Paper Abstracts
MESA 2014

Deadline for submission: February 8, 2014

The Kurdish Studies Association (KSA) announces a call for papers for the November 2014 Middle East Studies Association (MESA) meeting to be held in Washington, DC, November 22-25, 2014.

While there is extensive literature on the Kurdish diaspora in Europe, very little, if anything, has been written on Kurdish communities in the United States. Therefore, to build on the literature of the global Kurdish diaspora, KSA would like to highlight at this meeting papers focusing on the Kurds and the United States, hosting both a panel and a roundtable event to explore this relationship.

For this special panel we are seeking papers that include, for example, Kurdish diaspora issues in the United States, activities of political parties/organizations working in Washington (Kurdistan Regional Government, Peace and Democracy Party, Kurdish American Caucus, etc), histories of Kurdish organizations in the US (Kurdish National Congress of North America, Kurdish American Educational Society, Kurdish American Youth Organization, etc), or the return “home” of second generation Kurds to Kurdistan, to name a few possibilities.

The roundtable will explore the state of Kurdish Studies in higher education in the United States and prospects for growth. KSA is accepting nominations for roundtable speakers who will lead the discussions at this session.

Selected panel papers will be presented at the MESA 2014 meeting. Those papers will then be put together for a proposed special KSA-sponsored issue of the Kurdish Studies journal, to be submitted for approval after MESA. Proceedings from the roundtable will be used to formulate an additional journal article.

Deadlines:

By December 15, 2013, please forward nominations for speakers for the roundtable session. Self-nominations are welcome.

By February 8, 2014, please send abstracts of 300-400 words for the panel. Those selected for the panel will be asked to submit their abstracts to MESA via their online submission system by February 15, 2014.

Nominations and abstracts should be sent to: christian.sinclair@gmail.com.

warm regards,

Christian Sinclair
President, Kurdish Studies Association

Kurdish Studies Association events at MESA/New Orleans

2013-Logo-w-datesKurdish Studies Association events for MESA
If you are attending this year’s MESA conference in New Orleans, please join us at the following KSA events:

Thursday, October 10
Kurdish Studies Association General Meeting
2-4pm
Napoleon DC (3rd floor)

Friday, October 11
KSA sponsored film screening: About 111 Girls
8.50pm
MESA FilmFest venue

Saturday, October 12
KSA lunch gathering
noon-2pm
Location: TBA

Saturday, October 12
2.30-4.30pm
Location: check MESA program
KSA sponsored panel

‘Othering’ and Kurds: Exploring Displacement, Belonging, and Resistance

Chair: Christian Sinclair, U Arizona
Discussant: Diane E. King, Ohio State U/U Kentucky

–Ozge Sensoy Bahar, UIUC–“Back Then and Now”: Experiences of Armed Conflict, Migration, and Its Aftermath through the Eyes of Kurdish Migrant Women

–Mehmet Kurt (panel organizer), Bingöl U–Changing Social Structure in Kurdish Border Towns: The Reflections of State-Society Relations on Identity Formation

–Ipek Demir, U Leicester, UK–Translating and Transforming Kurdishness in Diaspora

–Mija Sanders, U Arizona/ Mercy Corps–Being a Kurdish Transgender Woman Sex-Worker in Diyarbakir: Narratives of Displacement, Belonging, and Resistance

 

Kurdish Studies Association: Call for Logo Design

CALL FOR LOGO

The Kurdish Studies Association (KSA) announces an open call to artistically-inclined individuals who are willing to design a logo for the association. This will be the logo used for KSA’s letterhead in official correspondence, website, and used for any other promotional materials as deemed suitable by the executive committee. Logo submissions do not have to be from KSA members.

The logo design must fulfill the following criteria:

1)    The design should be original

2)    The name “Kurdish Studies Association” should incorporated into the design

3)    It should accommodate the technical specifications:

a)     The design will possibly be used on various backgrounds (white, black, and even other colors), and will be used in different sizes (a relatively small one on the website and correspondence, but bigger in the case of posters/signage).

b)    Submissions may be in multiple colors, but should work equally well in the case of black and white printed materials.

c)     Designs should initially be submitted as low resolution JPG or PNG files (height and width 400px maximum).

d)    Designs should be sent as high-resolution vector file if chosen as a finalist.

Submissions should be received by October 9th with a review and selection during the KSA meeting to be held on October 10th at the Middle East Studies Association Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Three logos will be chosen and posted on the KSA website for a final vote.

Legal information:

The creator of the willing design will be asked to transfer copyright of the design to the association so it can be properly protected for the benefit of the association. The design also must not include any other copyrighted materials for which any license is required.

Submission information:

Please submit your design to christian.sinclair@gmail.com with the subject line: KSA Logo Competition. Submit all entries via email by October 9th.

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