Call for Panelists: Kurdish Futures In and Outside of Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Iran – Fresh Hopes or New Tragedies

15 11 2016


university_of_exeter_new_logo-01Following the success of the last two previous Kurdish studies conferences here in 2012 and 2015 at the University of Exeter Centre for Kurdish Studies, our next conference event will be held over 2.5 days: 26th – 28th June 2017. The theme for this event will be: Kurdish Futures In and Outside of Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Iran: Fresh Hopes or New Tragedies?

Venue: Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, Stocker Rd, Exeter, EX4 4ND Call for Panellists
We are currently seeking proposals from scholars to organise panels.

The Conference Committee seeks proposals addressing subjects of relevance to the theme. We will also welcome proposals for panels that are not addressing the core theme of the conference, but their inclusion will be at the committee’s discretion. The Conference Committee welcomes panels of any disciplinary composition.

The deadline for proposal submissions is 16th Jan, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. GMT

All proposals must be submitted electronically to

If you have any question regarding panel participation please contact:

To submit a proposal:

After considering the guidelines below please submit the proposal to the email address:

In the body of the email, please include the following information: Title of paper, your name, affiliation and address, E-mail address.

Panel Proposal Submission Guidelines
1. Commitment to participate prior to submission.

Please submit proposals which have confirmed commitment from participants. We wish to see panels which resemble the original proposal. Replacement participants will be allowed in exceptional circumstances only. It is expected that all presentations will be in English. Exceptions to this will be considered if there are arrangements for translation and prior agreement sought from the conference committee. The audio visual facilities within the centre building are limited and it is preferred that all participants appear in person.

2. The criteria on which the committee focuses are:

  •   Relevance to conference theme of ‘Kurdish Futures In and Outside of Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Iran: Fresh Hopes or New Tragedies?’
  •   Ability to bring new knowledge and understanding to the field.
  •   Quality of material or interpretations, soundness of methodology, knowledge of the field,


  •   Structure and quality of the papers proposed for a given panel.
  •   Quality of the written abstracts, the overall panel abstract being of greatest importance.
  •   Gender, ethnic, and institutional balance and a combination of junior and senior scholars.
  •   We wish to promote a lively engaged discussion following each panel presentation. Participants are encouraged to consider presentation formats which engage the audience.


Acceptance of submission

Organising panellists will be informed by email as to the outcome of their proposal by the 31st January 2017

 Programme Scheduling 

The proposed workshop will be held over 2.5 days.

Panel sessions will begin on 26th June 09:30, the final presentation on the 28th June will finish at 12:30.

The conference committee will seek to complete the panel scheduling after all the applications have been received and acceptances given.


Audio Visual Facilities & Room Access

There are standard audio visual facilities within the building. PC, projector. If participants wish to bring an Apple computer please can they bring any adaptor / connector for their equipment as we cannot guarantee we will have the necessary connector. We have no plans to record the conference proceedings. The room is on our lower ground level, accessible by a lift.

Registration for participants

All participants will need to register, there is no fee for registration but the cost of any accommodation booked and the delegate day rate will be expected to be paid by all participants and delegates.

Participants will need to pay their attendance rate and any accommodation booked by the 14th May 2017. No refunds will be given for participants withdrawing after 14th May 2017. We suggest all participants in need of financial assistance from their institutions or other sources and/or those participants needing to complete a visa application begin the process immediately after notice of proposal acceptance. We cannot make exceptions for refund requests; including those submitted on the basis of denied funding and/or visa applications.

The conference ‘registration store’ is expected to be available via the university website by January 2017. A notice will go out to announce when this is available.

Cost of attending:

Total cost of attending the 2.5 days, which includes: all refreshments and food, including a lunch on the final day is £215.

On the evening of Tuesday 27th there will be a conference dinner. The cost of the dinner is also included in this price.


Accommodation on site will be at Holland Hall this is situated a short walking distance from the conference venue. If you have any mobility issues and require any assistance please notify us in advance of your stay and we will be happy to arrange assistance.

Accommodation will be offered on the nights of the 25th, 26th and 27th June at a cost of £59.95 pn which includes breakfast.

Travel Bursary:
We do have limited funding available for assistance related to the conference.

  •   Support is limited to those scholars who are participants on panels and/or roundtables that have been accepted on the formal program.
  •   Panel organisers must apply on behalf of the intended recipient requesting the bursary.
  •   All applicants must indicate the city and country they will be traveling FROM to attend the


    We will seek to fund those where need is seen as greatest. This could be because the home institution where the scholar is coming from is lacking in funds or if the recipient is unfunded or a student. Preference will be given to junior scholars and presenters, and attempts will be made to apply grants across all panels to support a broad representation, etc.

    Panel organisers or applicants should seek outside funding to supplement the travel grants. Travel expenses eligible for reimbursement will be limited to advance purchase international return-trip economy airfare (purchased before 14th May for air fares and train tickets) airport transfers, public transfer the conference registration.

    Panel organisers should submit their request for financial assistance as part of their panel proposal by the 16th Jan, 2017 deadline. No requests for travel assistance for participants will be considered after this date.

    All reimbursements will be processed after the event and attendance has been confirmed. Participants will need to present receipts as proof of payment. Payment will be by bank transfer asap after the event. We are unable to pay cash on the day of the event for reimbursement.

    Organised Panels

    Organised Panels are proposed around a common subject or theme. Formal papers are presented, often followed by discussion. Organised panels last for an hour and a half and must include ample time for audience participation. Organised Panel proposal submissions should include:

    A 300-word (maximum) overall panel abstract is required, in addition to the 300-word (maximum) abstract for each paper on the panel. The abstracts provided for each prospective paper presentation are very important, but the overall panel abstract is of greatest importance. The configuration of the panel is left to the organiser’s discretion. Abstracts should reach the committee by 16th Jan 2017.

  • Important Dates

    •   Deadline for abstract submission: 16th January 207
    •   Notification to panel organisers: by 31st January 2017
    •   Online Registration closes for panellists and delegates: 14th May 2017
    •   Delegates arrival (evening/pm) for conference: Sunday 25th June 2017
    •   First day of conference Monday 26th June 2017
    •   Second day of conference Tuesday 27th June 2017
    •   Gala dinner on evening Tuesday 27th June
    •   Half day conference and close Weds 28th June.

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