CfP: Mapping Kurdish Media and Cultural Production between the National and the Transnational

28725Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication
Special issue: “Mapping Kurdish Media and Cultural Production between the National and the Transnational”
Edited by Kevin Smets and Ali Fuat Şengül

Ongoing resistance against, and attacks on, Islamic State militias by Kurdish armed fighters in northern Iraq and Syria have brought international public and media attention to the Kurds’ continuing struggle for statehood. The fighting between the IS and Kurdish militias has brought unprecedented media attention to the Kurds and their struggle for territory, human rights and identity. Although it is too early to predict what direction the geo-political and national struggles will take, it is important to address mediated representations and production by and of Kurds and the role that the media play in new and multiple geographies and experiences of Kurdishness in changing contexts.

The volume and the geographical reach of Kurdish media are expanding exponentially, contributing to a shifting Middle Eastern mediascape. A number of studies already exist on some aspects of Kurdish media production, Kurdish identity and transnational connections and implications. However, these studies have either found home in the field of Kurdish studies or in transnational media studies without contributing, to a certain extent, to dialogues and connections between these fields which would certainly improve understandings of what has come to be known as the Kurdish question.

This special issue seeks to make a contribution to bridging the gap. We therefore invite submissions devoted to empirically grounded, historically-contextualized studies on Kurdish media and cultural productions and their multiple geographies. We welcome papers from a wide range of disciplinary and methodological approaches that focus on media broadly defined and on questions of media and cultural production while relating these issues to relevant socio-political contexts.

Contributions may address, but should not be limited to, the following questions:
– How is the question of Kurdishness articulated, represented and experienced in different geographies?
– How is Kurdish media and cultural production influenced by political economic contexts in different geographies?
– How are questions of gender, class and ethnicity articulated and negotiated?
– What role do Kurdish media and cultural products play in the relation between politics and everyday life?

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 March 2015. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words and should provide a clear outline of its proposed theoretical framework and empirical data, as well as its contribution to the themes of the special issue.

Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 20 May 2015.

Deadline for submission of complete manuscripts: 15 October 2015. Contributions should be between 6000 and 7000 words and include an abstract of 150 words, at least 5 keywords and the author’s affiliation and email address.

Please send abstracts by 15 March 2015 to Kevin Smets (kevin.smets@uantwerpen.be) and Ali Fuat Şengül (afsengul@gmail.com).

Call for committee members: KSA awards

ksa_book_awardThe Kurdish Studies Association is pleased to announce the establishment of two new awards: a Kurdish Studies book award and an award for best graduate paper presented at the Middle East Studies Association meeting. KSA will present these awards during its annual meeting at MESA.

KSA would like to have both selection committees in place in early 2015. If you would like to serve on either committee, please send an email to KSA President, Christian Sinclair, at christian dot sinclair at arizona dot edu by January 1, 2015. The first order of business for both committees will be setting guidelines for each award. After that it will be the function of the committee to select award winners.

KSA news for 2015

Dear KSA colleagues,

Many thanks to all of you who attended the Kurdish Studies Association meeting at MESA this year. We had a record turnout, which reflects the growing importance of Kurdish Studies. I hope too that you all enjoyed the reception afterwards at Levante’s. It was great to see so many new faces in DC – at the meeting, at the reception, and throughout the four days of the MESA conference. We hope to continue to build our presence at MESA.

During MESA 2015 in Denver (November 21-24), KSA will hold its annual meeting and we would like to host another reception for KSA members and guests. KSA is also going to begin a Kurdish Studies book award and an award for best graduate paper presentation at MESA. As the field of Kurdish Studies continues to grow, KSA will grow too, taking on new projects and moving forward to better serve its constituents. In order to do that though, KSA needs to begin collecting dues and formalizing its membership base.

Beginning in January 2015, dues will be collected annually at a rate of $30 ($15 for full-time students) and be valid for the remainder of the calendar year paid. Only current paid members will be allowed to propose panels, submit papers for a sponsored panel, vote on important KSA issues, submit a book or paper for an award, or be eligible to serve on award committees. Funds collected through membership dues will be used primarily for annual KSA membership with MESA, room rental at the annual MESA meeting, sponsorship of MESA-related events (ie films, guest speakers, receptions), and sponsorship of a KSA graduate student panel. The dues portal should be up and running by the end of this month.

Our first order of business for the new year is to set up two committees. One for the book award and one for the graduate paper award. If you are interested in serving on either committee, please send me an email (christian dot sinclair at arizona dot edu) by January 1, 2015. The KSA executive board will review names and select committee members. During this first year of service, committee members will have the task of setting up guidelines for each of the awards in addition to then selecting awardees.

Looking forward to a productive 2015 with all of you!

 

best,

Christian Sinclair
President, Kurdish Studies Association

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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.

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