Welcome to KurdishLondon! This website aims to map Kurdish Community Organisations and anything else which is relevant to Kurdish people in London. It also includes additional information and resources on Kurdish communities in London.

You can see the latest version of my map of ‘Kurdish London’ here.
This is an experiment in participatory mapping, so you can contribute by adding information about places you know.

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Here is a new update of the map of Kurdish community organisations.

I have added a few more and introduced a visual classification, also plotting important organisations which are now closed.

As usual, if you have any feedback on the map (did I forget anything important? Any inaccuracy you can spot?) please send me an email or contact me using the online form.

To see the interactive map of Kurdish London click here.

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Seminar – London Kurdish Institute and SOAS Kurdish Society
Tuesday, 8 April 2014 from 19:00 to 21:00

Speaker: Dr İsmail Beşikçi

“The Turkish sociologist İsmail Beşikçi is one of the most prominent scholar in the field of Kurdish studies. He started his academic career at Atatürk University in Erzurum as an assistant professor where he conducted an anthropological study on the last nomadic Kurdish tribes, the Alikan in the 1960s. At that time, Beşikçi was the only scholar in Turkey to dare to research on the Kurds and challenge the ethnic centred Turkish state policy of systematical denial of the Kurdish existence, identity, culture and language. He has paid a heavy price for speaking out against the institutional racism, discrimination and repression of the Kurds and the colonisation of Kurdistan. He has spent more than seventeen years in prison and wasreleased from jail in 1999. He becomes a veteran for defending collective and self-determination rights of the Kurds and academic freedom in Turkey. 32 of the 36 books that he has published have been banned in Turkey. There is not a single academic book on Kurds in Turkey which does not refer to his work. Due to his academic work and tireless defence of academic freedom and collective and self-determination rights of the Kurds, he was nominated as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987. He has been honoured with an Honorary Doctorate by the Boğaziçi University in 2013.”

Dr İsmail Beşikçi will talk about the past, present and future parameters of Turkey Kurdish question and his struggle for academic freedom in Turkey. This seminar will be in Turkish with English translation.

For further information and to book a place click here.

It has been some time since I last update the Map of Kurdish Organisations on this website.

I finally managed to find some time to re-do the whole thing from scratch using the new ‘Google Maps Engine’.
From now on, this should allow me to manage and update the map more effectively. I am planning more updates over the next few days.

In the meantime, if you have any feedback on the map (did I forget anything important? Any inaccuracy you can spot?) please send me an email or contact me using the online form.

To see the interactive map of Kurdish London click here.

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Thursday, 27 March 2014; 6pm-8pm
London Kurdish Institute and SOAS Kurdish Society

Speaker: Prof Leyla Neyzi, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Sabancı University, Turkey
Chair: Dr Umut Erel, Open University

In this presentation, prof Neyzi will reflect on an international multidisciplinary project, “Young People Speak Out: The Contribution of Oral History to Facing the Past, Reconciliation and Democratization in Turkey” carried out in 2011-2013. Project output based on a large oral history archive include multimedia products such as a website in Kurdish, Turkish and English (www.gencleranlatiyor.org), exhibition, film and book. The presentation will focus on the research process, the participation of young people in the project, and reflect on the experience in light of the Gezi events and the current context in Turkey.

For further information and to book a place click here.

Kurdish Studies in the 21st Century Conference to be held at Regent’s University London on 13th March 2014.

Martin van Bruinessen, Welat Zeydanlioglu, and KRG UK representative will be speaking.

Please register at: http://www.kurdishstudies.net/kswmvb.html

Authors: Alessio D’Angelo, Ozlem Galip, Neil Kaye

Recently launched at Middlesex University, this report presents key findings from a research project on the characteristics and needs of Turkish and Kurdish communities in London and the effects of the recent economic crisis and welfare restructuring. The study, conducted between 2012 and 2013, was commissioned by Day-Mer (Turkish and Kurdish Community Centre) to Middlesex University’s Social Policy Research Centre.

To download click here.