March 15, 2016.
The past several months I have been helping Anthropologist Michael Taussig organize a seminar about the Kurdish struggle in Turkey and Syria. Taussig invited scholar and journalist Nazan Ustundag and professor Bulent Kücük to speak from Bocazici University. Professor Narges Erami of Yale University and David Levi Strauss of School of Visual Arts. The seminars took place over three evenings at New York City's SVA, Columbia University, and New School.
Evening 1 "The Kurdish Revolution in Historical Perspective"
Evening 2 "Rojava: Stateless Democracy: Theory, and Practice"
Evening 3 "Patriarchy Takes a Back Seat in Kurdish Syria: Implications for Gender Theory, the Middle East, and the Midwest"
Days before the event Ustundag sent a statement out calling for peace between Turkey and the Kurds to members of University faculty. Expecting only about 150 signatures, she was surprised to see that the following day over 1,000 scholars had signed. The Turkish Government published Ustundag (among other signees's) photo in papers and on TV stating she is a terrorist. Up until a few days before the seminar we were unsure if she would be able to visit the United States due to the precarious position she was in politically.
I encourage all to buy the book
"To Dare Imagining: Rojava Revolution"
Contributors include Michael Taussig, David Levi Strauss, David Graeber & Pinar, Newsha Tavakolian, Havin Güneser, Saleh Muslim & Jonas Staal, Murat Bay, Evren Kocabiçak, Nazan Üstündag, Dilar Dirik
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