Kurdish Studies Conference at Bilgi University

22 05 2013

PhotoKURDISH STUDIES CONFERENCE

Istanbul Bilgi University / Kuştepe BS, May 25, 2013
Organised by the Ismail Besikci Foundation and Bilgi Cultural and Intellectual Comunity

09.30- Opening:  Alaattin Ayhan (Bilgi Cultural and Intellectual Community)

09.45- Opening Speech:   Ismail Besikci

First session: Middle East and Kurds (10.30-12.30)

Moderator: Gencer Özcan (Bilgi University)

  • Abbas Vali (Boğaziçi University) The KRG, the Opposition and the Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East
  • Mesut Yeğen (Şehir University) “‘The Process’: Imperatives, Opportunities and Risks”
  • Seda Altuğ  (Boğaziçi University) From Binxet to Rojava: ‘Society, Politics and the State in Syrian Kurdistan – Harun Ercan (Koç University) PKK in the Middle East Context

(12.30-13.30) Lunch break

Second Session: On Kurdish Studies (13.30-15.30)

Moderator: Ayhan Işık (Ismail Beşikçi Foundation)

  • Celîlê Celîl (Vienna University) Education and Publishing in three Caucasian States. (1920-1960)
  • Clemence Scalbert Yücel (Exeter University) “Development and Autonomisation of a Field of Kurdish Studies”
  • Welat Zeydanlıoğlu (University of Uppsala/ Kurdish Studies Network) “The Kurdish Studies Network and the State of Kurdish Studies”

(15.30-15.45) Coffee break

Third Session: Identity Construction in Kurdish Language and Literature (15.45-17.45)

Moderator: Ronayi Önen (Bilgi University)

  • Kadri Yıldırım (Artuklu University) Identity Construction in ‘Mem û Zîn’
  • Ferhat Pirbal (Salahaddin University) The Role of Ebdul Rehîm Rehmî Hekarî in the Appearance of Modern Kurdish Theatre and Poetry
  • Metin Yüksel (Hacetepe University) “Hidden Transcripts”, Sentiments, “Historiology”: Listening to Dengbej Reso (ca. 1910-1983).
  • Özlem Galip (Oxford University) Reality or Imagination: the Image of Homeland in the Kurdish Novel.
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