Kurdish Studies Conference

Wednesday 22 – Thursday 23 May 2024, University of Sheffield

Image: Ancient town of Aqrah, Aqrah, Iraqi Kurdistan, Iraq
© Michael Runkel / Alamy Stock Photo

We warmly invite the submission of abstracts for the second Kurdish Studies Conference organised by LSE and the University of Sheffield on Wednesday 22 - Thursday 23 May 2024. 

This interdisciplinary event builds on the inaugural conference at LSE in 2023 and is organised by the Kurdish Studies Series at the LSE Middle East Centre and the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Sheffield.  

The Kurdish Studies Series encourages dissemination and discussion of new research on Kurdish politics and society and provides a network for scholars, students and all others with related research interests. Over the past six years, the series has hosted 19 public events and published nine monographs and edited volumes as part of the I.B. Tauris/Bloomsbury Kurdish Studies Series.  

The conference welcomes abstract submissions with social sciences disciplinary approaches to any aspect of Kurdish studies. These might include but are not limited to: history, political movements, social movements, gender, political representation, governance, displacement, anthropology, nationalism, ethnography, ecology, political economy, international relations, diaspora, security, and religion. The conference seeks to promote, share and celebrate recent research across this growing field and encourage connections between scholars, students, professionals and members of the public.  

We are happy to announce that we are able to offer travel funds for students and early career researchers: up to £250 for overseas speakers and £100 for UK-based speakers.  

Submission Guidelines 

- Applications should be submitted on a single Word document and should include:  

- Paper title, an abstract (maximum 250 words), a short biography and relevant keywords.  

- Only one paper may be submitted per person. Panel applications are also welcome and should include four papers. 

Please submit to: Salma Moustafa Khalil, Conference Coordinator: Mec.Events@lse.ac.uk 

Travel Fund Application: Please fill this form and send to mec.events@lse.ac.uk. 

Please use the conference title as the subject line of the email. 

The deadline for abstract submissions is November 30, 2023. 

The deadine for travel fund applications is December 15, 2023

Notification of paper acceptances will be made by 12 January 2024.  

Registration will open in January 2024. 

Conference Convenors: Zeynep Kaya and Robert Lowe 

Organising Committee: Arda Bilgen, Marouf Cabi, Mostafa Khalili, Veli Yadirgi, Erman Örsan Yetiş  

For any enquiries, please contact: 

Salma Moustafa Khalil: Mec.Events@lse.ac.uk 

Robert Lowe: r.lowe@lse.ac.uk