Dr Welat Zeydanlıoğlu 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 Cengiz 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.
Prof Ibrahim Sirkeci is a Professor of Transnational Studies and Marketing as well as directing the Regent's Centre for Transnational Studies at Regent's University London, UK. 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 conducted research on minorities and migration in Turkey, Iraq, Germany, and the UK. His most recent books are 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 is also the Editor of Migration Letters journal.
Dr Joost Jongerden is a rural sociologist by training and obtained his PhD in social sciences in 2006. He is now working as Assistant Professor at the Sociology and Anthropology of Development section of Wageningen University, the Netherlands. He has a research interest in socio-spatial and political analysis, with a strong focus on rural development and the creative construction of autonomy in acts of refusal and resistance, from peasant struggles to insurgencies. He teaches several courses in sociological theory and socio-spatial analysis and has been involved in the organization of several international seminars, panels and conferences. His key publications are Joost Jongerden and Jelle Verheij (eds). (2012). Social Relations in Ottoman Diyarbekir, 1870-1915, Leiden and Boston: Brill Academic Publishers; Zeynep Gambetti and Joost Jongerden (2011). The spatial (re)production of the Kurdish issue: Multiple and contradicting trajectories. Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, 13(4):375-388. Marlies Casier and Joost Jongerden (Eds.) (2011). Nationalisms and Politics in Turkey, Political Islam, Kemalism and the Kurdish Issue. New York: Routledge, and Joost Jongerden (2007). The Settlement Issue in Turkey and the Kurds, an analysis of spatial policies, modernity and war. Leiden and Boston: Brill Academic Publishers.
Dr Janet Klein is Associate Professor at the History Department, University of Akron. Her research has focused on state-society relations as well as nationalism, identity, and gender dynamics from a historical perspective, with a primary area of focus on the late-Ottoman Kurdistan. Dr. Klein is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including the Fulbright-Hays fellowship for dissertation research abroad. Dr. Klein is the author of The Margins of Empire: Kurdish Militias in the Ottoman Tribal Zone (Stanford University Press, 2011) and many articles and book chapters, and is frequently invited to speak on topics related to her research. Dr. Klein serves as director of the Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Akron.