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Constituting the Political Economy of the Kurds

Constituting the Political Economy of the Kurds

Tue, 8 Jun 2021 18:00 - 19:30 British Summer Time (UTC+1)

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CEFTUS Online Talk ‘Constituting the Political Economy of the Kurds: Social Embeddedness, Hegemony, and Identity’

About this event

This online meeting will discuss Dr Ömer Tekdemir’s recently published book, Constituting the Political Economy of the Kurds: Social Embeddedness, Hegemony, and Identity (Routledge, 2021). In this book, Dr Tekdemir examines the development of Kurdish political economy and the emergence of collective Kurdish identity within a historical context through three main periods: the late Ottoman period, the early Republican period, and the post-1990s period. It relates historical developments to the dynamics of Kurdish society, including the anthropological realities of the nineteenth century through the moral economy frame, the evolving nature of nationalism in the early twentieth century and the more recent construction of a modern political Kurdishness by means of radical democracy, and an agonistic pluralism shaped by left-wing populism.

When: Tuesday, 8 June 2021

18:00 BST

The event is open to all and to join you must register via the link below

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

*The event is 1.5 hours long. The last 30 minutes will be a Q&A session.

Dr Omer Tekdemir is Lecturer in Political Economy at the University of Coventry, co-editor of the open-access journal New Middle Eastern Studies and the co-convener of International Studies of the Mediterranean, Middle East and Asia working group of the British International Studies Association (BISA). Previously, he worked at the University of Leicester and the University of Westminster. He holds a PhD from the School of Government and International Affairs, and alumni of Ustinov College at Durham University. He is the author of Constituting the Political Economy of the Kurds: Social Embeddedness, Hegemony and Identity (2021, Routledge). His interdisciplinary articles have appeared in a range of peer-reviewed journals focusing on political economy, international relations and political theory, with particular reference to the Kurds, Turkey and the Middle East. He is a frequent contributor to different media outlets, including Open Democracy and The Conversation, and writes extensively on populism, identity, democracy and moral economy.

Dr. Bahar Baser is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. She is also an associate research fellow at the Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa (SIGLA), Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She is an expert in diaspora studies, peacebuilding, and conflict transformation. She has published extensively on stateless diaspora activism and mobilisation in Europe with a specific focus on host states’ counterterrorism policies, radicalization of diaspora members and transnationalization of homeland conflicts. Her book Diasporas and Homeland Conflicts: A Comparative Perspective was published by Routledge in 2015. She is currently working on her second book on diasporic returns to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Prof. Michiel Leezenberg teaches in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. He has published widely on politics, economy and society of the Kurds, and on the intellectual history of the modern Islamic world. He has held visiting positions in the Universities of Cracow, Leiden, and Ghent.

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