Middle East Studies

What Does Decolonizing Kurdish Studies Mean?

Decolonizing Kurdish studies

Friday, June 11, 2021

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Virtual Event. Registration link for the 3:30-5:00 p.m. public event.

A new joint initiative between the Center for Middle East Studies at Brown University and the  MacMillan Center Council on Middle East Studies at Yale University will host three workshops around the topic of “Decolonizing Kurdish Studies”  over the course of the next year.

The first of these workshops focuses on the question of what we mean by “Decolonizing Kurdish Studies.”  

The workshop is open to presenters only and will be from 10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

This will be followed by a public webinar from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Registration is required for the latter. 

Moderator for the public event is:
Nadje Al-Ali, Brown University

Panelists for the public event are:
Shahrzad Mojab, University of Toronto, Canada
Hamit Bozarslan, Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, France
Nilay Özok-Gündoğan, Florida State University
Mehmet Kurt, Yale University

Kurdish Project

The initiative is committed to the project of decolonizing epistemologies and methodologies in the field of Kurdish Studies. It aims to bring together scholars to contribute to the understanding of this understudied field, at a time when Kurds have been the subject of academic, public, and political debates in the Middle East, Europe, the USA and beyond. Through a series of workshops, academic and public events, thematic conversations, research papers, op-eds and scholarly articles, the initiative aims to contribute to the growing literature interested in decolonization processes and epistemologies as well as the emerging scholarship in the field of Kurdish studies. The series will consist of two workshops followed by a conference.