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4th International Conference on Kurdish Studies 18-20 June 2020

Hosted by the Centre for Kurdish Studies

An Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies conference
Date18 - 20 June 2020
PlaceIAIS Building/LT1

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Centre for Kurdish Studies at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, UK, invites submission of papers for the 4th International Kurdish Studies Conference to be held on 18-20 June 2020. Thematic areas covered by the conference include (but are not restricted to) Kurdish literature, women’s participation in politics, cultural production, history, political international relations, governance, civil society, civil rights, diplomacy, conflict and democratization, forced displacement, internal and external interference (Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Iran), internal colonialization and rewriting Kurdish history. Original research based on empirical data and/or new theoretical approaches are prioritised.

Submission Guideline

We will give preference to fully formed panel proposals but will also accept individual paper proposals. All individual paper proposals should be for 15-minute presentations. All sessions at the conference will be a maximum of one and a half hours. Proposals for panels should therefore consist of four speakers or if more speakers are desired, should be conceived as roundtable discussions.

The Centre for Kurdish Studies is dedicated to supporting a culture of diversity and inclusion. Submissions are welcome from junior scholars, including graduate students and post-graduate researchers. Several senior scholars will be invited to chair panels and act as discussants together with academic staff from the University of Exeter.

Instructions on Submission

Send 150-word abstracts including the title and a short CV by 31 January 2020 to cks-kurdishconference@exeter.ac.uk

Panel proposals should include a 150-word abstract for each paper. Those selected to present papers will be notified by 15 February 2020.

While we require participants to register there are no fees.

We will not be covering the cost of accommodation for delegates.

For any enquiries please email s.j.firman@exeter.ac.uk

Organizing committee:

Dr Allan Hassaniyan, University of Exeter
Dr Farangis Ghaderi, University of Exeter
Dr Samer Bakkour, University of Exeter


Abstract

The ability of the Kurds to control their own destinies autonomously in the states in which they reside remains questionable at best and, for some, still impossible to imagine. As the most established autonomous region is that of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, yet the events of 2017, following the referendum on independence in September, saw the Iraqi state forcibly quash Kurdish aspirations and in so doing nearly collapsed the KRI itself. In Rojava, the Syrian Kurds witnessed the terrible reality of being the proxy of state powers, namely the US and other European powers, that ultimately saw their alliance with the Kurds as opportunistic and transactional, rather than built upon more durable strategic and even ethical concerns. The catastrophe of Rojava is now set to unfold in ever more tragic ways in the months ahead. And in Turkey and Iran, countries in which the Kurds do not have autonomy, the authority of the state is being brought to bear upon their Kurdish populations with alarming rapidity and severity.

Perhaps this picture of instability and flux is one that is familiar to Kurds, and to observers of Kurdish history, alike. Yet it seems that the scale of the instabilities that are affecting the Kurds and Kurdistan, along with the depth and qualities of these instabilities, stands out as particularly marked. In short, the present period seems to be one in which there is (Another) Kurdish Crisis in the Middle East. It is the nature of this crisis, its causes, patterns and processes, manifestations and resolutions that will be considered in this conference, including in political, economic, social, and cultural domains.

Thematic Areas of the Conference

Thematic areas covered by the conference include (but are not restricted to) Kurdish literature, women’s participation in politics, cultural production, history, political international relations, governance, civil society, civil rights, diplomacy, conflict and democratization, forced displacement, internal and external interference (Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Iran), internal colonialization and rewriting Kurdish history. Original research based on empirical data and/or new theoretical approaches are prioritised.

 

ProviderInstitute of Arab and Islamic Studies

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