Turkey’s Kurdish Question: Past, Present and Future

Posted: March 30, 2014 in News & Events

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.

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