|Kurdish Studies in the 21st Century
Keynote Speaker: Prof Martin van Bruinessen
18.00 - Welcome speech by Professor Aldwyn Cooper, Vice Chancellor of Regent's University London
18.10 - Ms Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, Kurdistan Regional Government High Representative to the United Kingdom
18.30 – Panel Chair: Professor Ibrahim Sirkeci, Director of Regent's Centre for Transnational Studies, Faculty of Business and Management, Regent's University London
18.40 - Dr Welat Zeydanlioglu, Coordinator of Kurdish Studies Network and Managing Editor of Kurdish Studies, Sweden
18.50 - Professor Martin van Bruinessen, Chair for the Comparative Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies at Utrecht University, the Netherlands and Editor-in-Chief of Kurdish Studies.
19.30 – Reception
The event programme can be downloaded here.
About the Panel:
Ms Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman is the High Representative to the United Kingdom. Ms Abdul Rahman was an active member of the UK’s Kurdish community from her youth, and continues to support the work of community groups and professional associations in the UK. Prior to her current post, Ms Abdul Rahman worked as a journalist for 17 years. She began her career on local newspapers in London and won the Observer Newspaper’s Farzad Bazoft Memorial Prize in 1993, which led her to work at The Observer and later at the Financial Times. She worked for the FT in Britain and in Japan, where she was Tokyo Correspondent. Ms Abdul Rahman is a history graduate from London University.
Professor Martin van Bruinessen is Chair for the Comparative Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies at Utrecht University, Netherlands. He has conducted many years of field research in Kurdistan, Afghanistan and Indonesia and widely published on the Kurds based on his research carried out on the Kurds of Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria since the mid-1970s. He was involved in the establishment of the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) and occupied the ISIM chair at Utrecht University (1999-2008). He is the author of Agha, Shaikh and State: The Social and Political Structures of Kurdistan (London: Zed Books, 1992). His most recent work includes Producing Islamic knowledge: transmission and dissemination in Western Europe (Routledge Islamic Studies, 2010, with Allievi), Ahl-i Haqq. Encyclopaedia of Islam (2009), The Madrasa in Asia: Political Activism and Transnational Linkages (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2008, with Noor and Sikand), and Sufism and the 'Modern' in Islam (I.B. Tauris, 2007, with Howell). Prof van Bruinessen is also the Editor-in-Chief of Kurdish Studies journal.
Dr Welat Zeydanlioglu is the founder and coordinator of the Kurdish Studies Network, a global research network for scholars working in Kurdish Studies. Some of his forthcoming and recent publications are: The Kurdish Question in Turkey: New Perspectives on Violence, Representation and Reconciliation (Routledge, 2013, co-edited with C. Gunes) and "Turkey's Kurdish language policy". Special issue: The Kurdish Linguistic Landscape: Vitality, Linguicide and Resistance. The International Journal of the Sociology of Language (2012). He has also published several articles on the Kurdish issue as well as on the politics of nation-building and modern Turkish and Kurdish history. Dr Zeydanlioglu is the Managing Editor of Kurdish Studies journal.
Professor Ibrahim Sirkeci is Chair in Transnational Studies and Marketing and Director of Regent's Centre for Transnational Studies are Regent's University London. He has widely published on migration, ethnicity, conflict, labour markets, and remittances. He is the author of Exploring the Kurdish Population in the Turkish Context (Genus, 2000) and The Environment of Insecurity in Turkey and the Emigration of Turkish Kurds to Germany (Edwin Mellen Press, 2006). He has carried out research on minorities and migration in Turkey, Iraq, Germany, and the UK. His most recent books are Transnational Marketing and Transnational Consumers (Springer, 2013), Migration and Remittances during the Global Financial Crisis and Beyond (The World Bank, 2012, with J. Cohen and D. Ratha), and Cultures of Migration, the Global Nature of Contemporary Mobility (University of Texas Press, 2012, with J. Cohen). Prof Sirkeci also serves as the Editor and/or Associate Editor of Transnational Marketing Journal, Kurdish Studies, and Migration Letters journals.