Kurdish Studies Summer School

25 01 2017

logo-500Kurdish Politics and Society: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives

Please join us at this intensive summer school at the Kurdish Institute, Paris (17-20 July 2017) focusing on Kurdish politics and society. The School and will bring together scholars, postgraduate students and community advocates.

Dates: 17-19 July 2017 (teaching); 20th July 2017 (Kurdish ‘Paris’ tour TBC).

Place: Kurdish Institute, Paris

Registration Fees: 125 Euros (until 25 April 2017);

Registration fees cover tuition and venue costs.

Students will arrange and pay for their own accommodation and travel. Special rates on accommodation will be sent to those who have registered following the early registration deadline. This summer school is designed to engage postgraduate students (Master and PhD level), independent scholars, recent graduates in the field of Kurdish Studies as well as community advocates in the politics, society and culture of Kurds.

 Keynote lecturers and panellists include:

  1. Professor Joyce Blau
  2. Professor Hamit Bozarslan
  3. Dr Nazand Begikhani
  4. Dr Ipek Demir
  5. Dr Wendy Hamelink
  6. Dr Welat Zeydanlioglu

The lectures and workshops will be organized in line with the lecturers’ area of expertise. They will be delivered in English, and broadly in these areas:

Area 1: Politics, Resistance, Radicalism and Violence in Kurdistan and the Middle East

Area 2: Kurdish Language and Literature

Area 3: Kurdish Studies and Gender & Gender-based Violence and Resistance

Area 4: Kurdish Diaspora

Area 5: Kurdish Culture, Arts and Music

Area 6: The Politics of Kurdish Language

The format of each day is as follows:

1)   Opening plenary/keynote lecture by at least one of the invited speakers above, outlining the main approaches and methods employed in their specific field (e.g. gender).

2)   15 minute presentations by participants which are then followed by feedback from at least one keynote speaker. Group discussion and feedback.

3)   Closing session with two student rapporteurs summing up key insights from the day and closing statements.


Please fill in the attached application form.

You are welcome to apply as one of the following:

(a) as a presenter of a paper

(b) as an attendee.

You will be able to indicate this on the application form.

Those wishing to present a paper and receive feedback, please include a long abstract (max 500 words) in the application form. Please note that both the word limit and the deadline are strict.

Send the application form to Ipek Demir: id34@le.ac.uk

Deadline: 15 March 2017 (spaces might be filled before this date, hence please send your application asap)

Shortlisting will be finalised and communicated by 25 March 2017


Registration (for those who have been accepted) will open on 5 April 2017

Early Registration Deadline: 25 April 2017

Early Registration Fee: 125 Euros

Registration Fees after 25 April 2017200 Euros

Please note that this is not a conference but a teaching and learning event involving teaching sessions from senior scholars of Kurdish Studies. It is a unique opportunity and places are strictly limited. In the event of the summer school being oversubscribed, participants may be selected according to the likely coherence of the sessions – this is not necessarily a reflection on the quality of work submitted.

For the application form click below: 




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