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Professor Ipek Demir presents "Kurdish Transnational Indigeneity: how Kurdish roots are being articulated through transnational routes"

Part of the IAIS Visiting Speaker Series

Dr Ipek Demir is an Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Leeds. Demir’s research and publications sit at the intersections of the fields of diaspora studies, ethno-politics, race and identity, nationalism, indigeneity, global politics as well as social and critical thought and interdisciplinarity. She has also carried out empirical research on Kurdish and Turkish diasporas, funded by an AHRC (a UK Research Council) fellowship. She is the founder and former co-convenor of the British Sociological Association’s Diaspora, Migration and Transnationalism Study Group and the former Vice-Chair of European Sociological Association’s Migration Research Network. Before joining Leeds, she worked at the University of Leicester and also at the University of Cambridge where she was an ESRC postdoctoral fellow.

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Kurds are an interesting example of how indigenous groups can gain influence via transnational routes. My paper will discuss the transformation of the Kurdish issue into a transnational indigenous one, and elaborate on how Kurdish roots are being articulated via transnational routes. I will argue that the Kurdish issue should no longer be understood simply as ‘minority rights within a state/regional system’ but one which centres on the issue of Kurdish transnational indigeneity. I will argue that a parallel shift needs to take place in our understanding and discussions of Kurds.

Please join us for refreshments in the IAIS Common Room from 17:00.  No registration necessary and everyone most welcome.


IAIS Building/LT1