Languages: Kurdî ‏سۆرانی‎

International Conference in EP: The Turksih invasion of Afrin & Kurdish Academics discuss their vision for a democratic solution to the crisis in the Middle East

As the final part of the international conference “The Turkish invasion of Afrin – Kurdish academics discuss their vision for a democratic solution to the crisis in the Middle East”, we will have a chance to discuss the role of Kurdish academics in the current political and historical stage. As you can see from the programme, there will be several contributions from academics which will provide contexts and perspectives on the issue. However, the goal of this conference is to ensure the participation of all academics in a larger, important discussion on the role of intellectuals for the democratic solution of the problems in Kurdistan and the Middle East.

To facilitate this, we have arranged an open discussion at the end of the conference, where you will have the chance to briefly present your thoughts and ideas. To help you prepare for the discussion, we are sending a couple of suggestions with which to frame the debate. We appreciate your insights and hope to conclude with thought and action-provoking outcomes. Therefore, it would be great if you could prepare to engage with these and similar topics.

A) At a time of major shifts, ruptures, and transformations of the military, diplomatic, scientific, social, political, cultural, etc. balances in our region, and the world in general, what are the most urgent tasks of the Kurdish people and what sorts of contributions can academics make in this regard? How can the projects, visions, and proposals for democratic solutions presented by Kurdish movements be supported? How can such demands and projects be rendered more visible internationally and what kind of role can academics play to help this process?

B) What kind of work falls on the shoulders of Kurdish academics in such historical periods? How can academics nourish the work of organizations, movements, civil society etc? In the liberated areas of our country (e.g. Rojava), how can academics help the construction of alternatives? How can they use their skills and expertise in specialized fields to participate in the creation and maintenance of life in these areas?

C) There are thousands of Kurdish academics in the world, but few are connected personally, intellectually, or organizationally. How can we help strengthen existing structures or further organize for academic cooperation and the sharing of knowledge? How can we be in solidarity with each other?

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
THE TURKISH INVASION OF AFRIN & KURDISH ACADEMICS DISCUSS THEIR VISION FOR A DEMOCRATIC SOLUTION TO THE CRISIS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

28 June 2018 Brussels,
European Parliament ASP 1G3

Organized by EUTCC
in cooperation with KIB, KNK, KURD AKAD
co-hosted by MEP Bart Staes, MEP Bodil Valero & MEP Max Andersson of the Greens/EFA group

 

OPENING SESSION, Room – ASP 1G3
Interpretation in Turkish, Kurdish, English, French, Arabic

09.15 – 10.30
OPENING REMARKS AND GREETINGS

Ms. Kariane WESTRHEIM, Chair EUTCC, Professor at the University of Bergen, Norway
MEP Bodil VALERO, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, Sweden
MEP Gabi ZIMMER, Chairwoman of the European United Left – Nordic Green Left Group (GUE/NGL) in the European Parliament, Germany
MEP Josef WEIDENHOLZER, Vice-President of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) in the European Parliament, Austria
MEP Costas MAVRIDES, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, Cyprus
Mr. Julien DRAY, Regional Councillor of Île-de-France
&

SHORT VIDEO ABOUT THE INVASION OF AFRIN

Panel I, Room ASP 1G3
THE COLONIAL AMBITIONS OF THE TURKISH STATE
Moderators:
Mr. Johan Petter ANDRESEN, Activist and Member of Red Party, Norway
Mr. Yasir IRMAK, Political Scientist, KURD-AKAD, Germany

10.30 – 11.30
THE MOVE FROM ETHNIC NATIONALISM TO ISLAMIC NATIONALISM

Ms. Hevi MUSTEFA, Co-Chair of the Efrin Canton Council, Rojava-Northern Syria (Via SKYPE)
THE MOUNTAIN OF THE KURDS UNDER TURKISH OCCUPATION
Mr. Thomas SCHMIDINGER, University of Vienna, Austria

INTERNATIONAL LAW AND THE TURKISH STATE’S ILLEGAL AGGRESSION
Mr. Ferda CETIN, Lawyer and Journalist, Belgium

THE HISTORY OF CO-EXISTENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Mr. Al Rashi ALAA ELDIN, Writer, Syria

THE INVASION OF AFRIN AND ALTERNATIVE TO THE ONGOING SPIRAL OF VIOLENCE THAT CONTINUES TO ENGULF THE MIDDLE EAST
Mr. Nawaf KHALIL, Head of the Kurdish Center for Studies-Bochum, Germany

 

Panel II, Room ASP 1G3
THE SILENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY ON TURKISH AGGRESSION and EU BILATARAL RELATIONS IN TURKEY AND THE MIDDLE EAST
Moderators:
Mr. Johan Petter ANDRESEN, Activist and Member of Red Party, Norway
Mr. Yasir IRMAK, Political Scientist, KURD-AKAD, Germany

11.30 – 12.30
MEP Ana GOMES, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, Portugal
MEP Jean LAMBERT, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, UK
MEP Martina MICHELS, Confederal Group of the European United Left – Nordic Green Left, Germany
MEP Julie WARD, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, UK

Panel III, Room – ASP 1G3

NEW CIRCUMSTANCES, PROBLEMS AND CHALLENGES FOR DEMOCRATISATION
Moderators:
Dr. Cengiz GUNES, The Open University, Political and International Studies, Associate Lecturer, UK
Dr. Barzoo ELIASSI, Associate Professor, Sweden

15.00 – 16.30
THE ROLE OF KURDISH INTELLECTUALS AND ACADEMICS

Ms. Eda BEKTAS, Educational Scientist, KURD-AKAD, Germany

RELATIONS BETWEEN SOCIETY AND INTELLECTUALS
Mr. Thomas Jeffrey MILEY, Lecturer of Political Sociology in the Department of Sociology at Cambridge University, UK

DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN VALUES
Mr. Mariwan KANIE, Lecturer at the University of Amsterdam, Netherland

KURDISH INTELLECTUALS IN THE DIASPORA
Mr. Kamran MATIN, Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Sussex University, UK

THE NEW SOCIETY AND THE ROLE OF INTELLECTUALS

Mr. Mustafa K. TOPAL, Currently PhD student at the Department of People and Technology at Roskilde University (RUC), Denmark

GENDER EQUALITY AS A KEY PRINCIPLE OF DEMOCRATISATION
Ms. Münevver AZIZOGLU-BAZAN, Social Scientist, University of Bremen, Germany

 

Panel VI, Room- 1G3
THE KURDS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR DEMOCRACY IN A CHANGING MIDDLE EAST

16.30 – 18.30
OPEN DISCUSSION WITH PARTICIPANTS & ACADEMICS

Chaired by
Ms. Dilar DIRIK, PhD student at the Sociology Department, University of Cambridge, UK
Mr. Refik GEFUR, Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) Executive Council Member, Belgium
Dr. Arzu YILMAZ, IPC- Stiftung Mercator Fellow at SWP, Germany