Middle East Studies

The Seven Doors film screening with Dr. Mehmet Mim Kurt

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute
111 Thayer St. 

Free and open to the public

The Seven Doors documentary

In the political context of Turkey, the education system has deteriorated by the year, morphed into the object of vain experiments to the detriment of the youth. The Seven Doors documents seven students, who alongside their teacher, attempt to develop an alternative education model where reading, thinking, discussion and attempts of understanding are upheld in place of conflictual ideologies.

The Seven Doors offers a unique insight into present day Turkey through the readings and discussions of these seven students yearning for an urgent alternative in the education system, as increasing political tensions and governmental pressure on academia became heavier.

Hosted by Nadje Al-Ali, Robert Family Professor of International Studies, Professor of Anthropology and Middle East Studies

Funded by the Kurdish Studies Initiative.

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Kurdish Project

Kurdish Studies have historically been side-lined within Middle East Studies or reduced to the study of Kurdish nationalism. While there has been a proliferation of Kurdish studies across the US and Europe in recent years, there has been only limited engagement with Kurdish society in its complexity. The aim of this initiative is to support and contribute to critical and original Kurdish Studies that combine theoretically cutting edge and empirically grounded work as well as highlight creative approaches (films, art, literature) to the study of Kurds and Kurdish societies. 

Mehmet Mim Kurt is a scholar, filmmaker, and human rights activist from Turkey. His research lies at the intersection of political science, sociology, and political ethnography with a specific focus on political Islam and civil society in Kurdish Turkey and among the Turkish diaspora in Europe. He is a Marie Curie Global fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE) and Yale University.