Event Series

Kurdish Studies Series

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Past Events and Podcasts



Art and Activism in Iraqi Kurdistan: Feminist Fault Lines, Body Politics and the Struggle for Space

Thursday 5 October | 18:00 - 19:00 BST | Isabel Käser, LSE Middle East Centre; Houzan Mahmoud, Culture Project; Müjge Küçükkeleş, SOAS

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Kurdish Studies Conference, 24-25 April 2023

This conference marked the fifth anniversary of the establishment of the Kurdish Studies Series at the Middle East Centre.

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Understanding Insurgency: Popular Support for the PKK in Turkey 

Thursday 27 October | 17:30 - 18:30 BST | Francis O'Connor, Wageningen University & Research

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The Formation of Modern Kurdish Society in Iran

Thursday 17 March | 13:00 - 14:00 GMT | Marouf Cabi, Historian

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The Kurdish Women's Freedom Movement: Gender, Body Politics and Militant Femininities

Monday 17 January | 13:00-14:00 GMT | Isabel Käser, LSE Middle East Centre

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Turkey’s Mission Impossible: War and Peace with the Kurds 

Monday 25 October | 15:00 - 16:00 BST | Cengiz Çandar, Journalist

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A Modern History of the Kurds

Thursday 17 June | 13:00 - 14:00 BST | David McDowall

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Co-organised with the Kurdish Studies Programme, UCF

Kurds and Yezidis in the Middle East: Shifting Identities, Borders, and the Experience of Minority Communities 

Friday 23 April | 15:30-16:30 BST | Majid Hassan Ali, Ilia State University Georgia; Ohannes Kılıçdağı; Güneş Murat Tezcür, University of Central Florida; Arzu Yilmaz, University of Hamburg

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Mapping Kurdistan: Territory, Self-Determination and Nationalism

Monday 16 November | 13:00 - 14:30 GMT | Zeynep Kaya, LSE Middle East Centre

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Methodological Approaches in Kurdish Studies: Theoretical and Practical Insights from the Field

Thursday 21 November | 16:30 - 18:00 | Bahar Baser, Coventry University; Yasin Duman, Coventry University; Francis O'Connor, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt; Mark Sinan Winrow, LSE; Begum Zorlu, City, University of London 

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The Kurds of Northern Syria: Governance, Diversity and Conflicts

Thursday 5 September | 16:00 –17:30 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg, Journalist and Independent Researcher

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The Kurdish Women’s Movement: On Revolution, Militarism and Body Politics

Tuesday 4 June | 16:00 - 17:30 | Isabel Käser, Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS University of London

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Islam and Ethnicity in the Kurdish Political Sphere in Turkey 

Monday 17 December | 16:00 - 17:30 | Mehmet Kurt, London School of Economics and Yale University

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Updating 'A Modern History of the Kurds'

Tuesday 23 October | 16:00 - 17:30 | David McDowall

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