Summer Language Workshop: Intensive 1st and 2nd Year Kurdish

16 04 2017





Conference: Democratic Confederalism – Developments and Perspectives of Autonomous Elective Experiences in Rojava/Northern Syria

15 04 2017

EURAC Research Viale Druso, 1 – Bolzano, Italy, Friday 21st April 2017

 

 

14:30

Welcome

15.00 – 16.00

SESSION I:  Comparative Analysis of Mechanisms for Ethnic Conflict Resolution and Management of Diversity in Complex and Diversified Contexts

 

Speakers:

  • Joseph Marko (Eurac Research, and University of Graz):

Power-sharing without Reconciliation? Comparative Lessons from European Experience

  • Karl Kössler (Eurac Research):

Governing Diversity through Autonomy – Comparative Evidence and Challenges for Constitutional Design

Moderator: Mauro di Vieste (Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker – South Tyrol)

 

16.30 – 17.45

SESSION II: Democratic Confederalism and the Experience of Rojava/Northern Syria

Speakers:

  • Kamran Matin (University of Sussex, Brighton)

Democratic Confederalism: Context and Prospects

  • Ghadi Sary (Managing Partner – Governance House):

Self-government in Northern Syria: Survival and Ambitions

  • Dilar Dirik (University of Cambridge):

Women’s Autonomy and Self-Defense in Rojava-Northern Syria

Moderator: Thomas Benedikter (POLITiS)

 

18.00 – 19.00

ROUND TABLE: Perspectives on Democratic Confederalism and Future Scenarios

Speakers:

  • Kamal Sido (Programme Manager for Middle East, Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker – Germany)
  • Kariane Westrheim (University of Bergen)
  • Francesco Palermo (Eurac Research and Senator)

Moderator: Wolfgang Mayr (editor in chief of RAI Südtirol)

The conference is funded by the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen,

Presidency and Foreign Relations, Office of Cabinet Affairs, Development Cooperation

 

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Conference: Language Contact and Language Change in Western Asia

15 04 2017

Goethe University Frankfurt, 10-12 March 2017

The conference “Language Contact and Language Change in Western Asia” focuses on multilingualism in Western Asia. Within Western Asia, we aim at focusing the Kurdish-populated areas in the regions of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey and the neighboring countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. In this area, several Indo-European varieties are spoken, including Armenian, Kurdish varieties, and Persian. A number of non-Indo-European languages are spoken as well, such as Azeri Turkic, Arabic, Neo-Aramaic, and Turkish. Finally Georgian and other Caucasian languages are also spoken in the region. Most of the above-mentioned languages exhibit a suprastratum of Semitic, Iranian and Turkic languages due to their close contact for centuries.

The conference explores the use of corpus methods in descriptive and theoretical analysis of word order change of natural languages in a multilingual area like Western Asia. Focal areas of interest include, but are not limited to language contact and language change in word order, information structure, and prosody. Furthermore, we are interested in theoretical and methodological issues pertaining to corpus-oriented research in language contact, i.e. tools, methods, and techniques in corpus assembly, annotation and analysis, the interaction between corpus linguistics and computational linguistics, the relevance of corpus linguistics and linguistic theory, the use of statistical and quantitative methods in detecting patterns of language change, as well as the impact of corpus-based vs. corpus-driven approaches on our view and understanding of morphosyntatic change in languages.

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New Book Out: Between State and Non-State Politics and Society in Kurdistan-Iraq and Palestine

11 04 2017

Gürbey, Gülistan, Hofmann, Sabine, Ibrahim Seyder, Ferhad (Eds.)

Palgrave Macmillan, 2017

  • ISBN 978-1-137-60181-0

This edited volume compares the internal dimension, politics and society in Kurdistan-Iraq and Palestine. In particular, it focuses on internal processes in Kurdistan-Iraq and Palestine (Palestinian Territory of the West Bank and Gaza Strip) in their specific shaping, development and transformation. The contributing authors analyze the transformation processes of the internal power structures, the economic basics, and the civil societies and provide an overview of the current political, economic and societal situation and challenges in both regions.  The book presents the similarities and differences between both de facto states with regard to a set of guidelines: legitimacy, power relations, transformation of politics and society. It provides empirical explanations and contributes to a better understanding of both de facto states.

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New Book Out: The Modern Kurdish Short Story

18 03 2017

Shakely, Farhad

Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2016

ISBN: 978-91-554-9774-3

The focus of this study is on the Kurdish short story, read from the viewpoint of literary history. The political course of events in Kurdistan, and the political and social circumstances which followed, have without question strongly influenced the Kurdish short story both in content, style, and language. The Kurdish short story has its origins in the second decade of the twentieth century. Kurdish prose arose in the beginning of the nineteenth century. There are few examples of Kurdish prose from that time; in every case, they are non-literary.Kurdish journalism played a central role in the development of the short story. The origin of the art of the Kurdish short story is directly related to Kurdish journalism. This development cannot be isolated from very conscious attempts to further the Kurdish short story with the help of translations of short stories into Kurdish from other languages – European languages in particular. This essay is an attempt to study the development of the Kurdish short story from its start until the beginning of the first decade in the 21st century.

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New Book Out: Kurdish Hizbullah in Turkey – Islamism, Violence and the State

7 02 2017

greenKurt, Mehmet

Pluto Press, 2017

ISBN: 9780745399348

This study analyses Kurdish Hizbullah as a social movement and investigates this biggest Kurdish Islamist group by means of ethnographic fieldwork in their daily lives. As opposed to Hizbullah in Lebanon, whose followers are mainly adherents of the Shiite sect of Islam, Hizbullah in Turkey is populated by Sunnis, more specifically by Shafii Kurds. Mehmet Kurt charts the development of a particularly powerful Islamist social movement – Kurdish Hizbullah – from its origins in violent militancy to a more ‘civic’ mode of engagement, an engagement which nonetheless provides a rationale for disenchanted young Islamists to engage in political violence. It offers a unique insight into Kurdish Hizbullah, its political rise and the apparent power of Islamism amongst Kurds in the region, particularly in a context in which the leftist Kurdish political movement is the hegemonic political discourse. Through ethnographic field work and extensive interviews with members, leaders and supporters of Hizbullah, Kurt revelsa the manner in which Islamic civil society has taken root in a region where ethnic identity has been the primary organising tool against a repressive and violent state.

Dr. Mehmet Kurt studied Theology and Islamic Studies, and has a PhD in Sociology. He worked as a visiting researcher at Yale University Department of Anthropology. His areas of expertise are Kurdish Islamist groups, social movements, radicalisation, the Kurdish issue in Turkey, visual ethnography and oral history. He is the author of Turkiye’de Hizbullah (leti im Publication, 2015), and is the British Academy Newton Advanced Post-Doctoral Fellow at Queen Mary University of London.





Call for Papers: Narratives of Struggle – Maintaining and Preserving Kurdish Cultural Heritage

5 02 2017

ksa_logo-copy-2The Kurdish Studies Association (KSA) announces a call for papers for the November 2017 Middle East Studies Association (MESA) meeting to be held in Washington DC, November 18-21, 2017.

Narratives of Struggle: Maintaining and Preserving Kurdish Cultural Heritage

Deadline for submission: February 9, 2017
Organizer and Chair: Christian Sinclair

This organized panel seeks to explore the narratives and politics of cultural maintenance and preservation in the face of repression and conflict. Culture, as defined by UNESCO, is “that complex whole which includes knowledge, beliefs, arts, morals, laws, customs, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by [a human] as a member of society.” Cultural heritage can be tangible or intangible. According to Bouchenaki (2003), “[c]ultural heritage is a synchronized relationship involving society, norms, and values” and the “intangible heritage should be regarded as the larger framework within which tangible heritage takes on shape and significance.”

The overt struggles faced by the Kurds across the Middle East are well known and have a rich literature. What is less researched, and hence the theme of this panel, are the behind-the-scenes efforts to maintain, preserve, and document Kurdish cultural heritage in the face of these decades-long struggles in the region and beyond. How does culture survive decades of oppression? How is it preserved and documented when challenged by the state or even from within?

There is no singular Kurdish culture, but rather a multitude of sub-cultures that together form Kurdish cultural heritage, writ large. Questions this panel hopes to answer include: Who defines these Kurdish culture(s)? For whom is the culture maintained and/or preserved, and why? Are there competing narratives of a singular cultural element? What risks and challenges are inherent in preserving Kurdish culture in the region? What are the relationships between tangible and intangible Kurdish culture?

Points of consideration may include, but are not limited to:

  • The role of institutions such as libraries, archives and museums
  • Patrimony, ownership and possession
  • Hegemony and representation
  • Gendered perspectives on cultural heritage
  • Language and ethno-linguistics
  • Religion and religious institutions

DEADLINE: By February 9, 2017, please send abstracts of 300-400 words for the panel. Include a brief 50-75 word bio. Those selected for the panel will be asked to submit their abstracts to MESA via their online submission system by February 15, 2017. Abstracts for this KSA-sponsored panel should be sent to: KSA Executive Secretary, William Kopycki at w.kopycki@gmail.com.

NOTE: All selected panelists must be members of MESA at the time of paper submissions to MESA. Student membership to MESA is $65. Professional membership rates vary according to income. Please do not submit an abstract to us if you are not prepared to join MESA once your abstract has been accepted. For more information about the MESA meeting, go to: http://mesana.org/annual-meeting/