The Kurds and Kurdistan: History, Politics, Culture

The international conference took place at the University of Exeter from 2 - 3 April 2009

Information about the conference:

A video of the conference produced by Goran Mamexelani is available to view on the Vimeo website:

CKS Conference - Part One

CKS Conference - Part Two

Second International Conference on Kurdish Studies

Conference bookings now open

‘The Kurds and Kurdistan: Considering Continuity and Change’
Exeter, 6-8 September 2012

Since our first international conference on Kurdish Studies in 2009, the States where Kurds live have seen tumultuous events. The Iranian elections and their aftermath have been followed by the protests in Iraq, anger over the referendum and elections in Turkey, and huge violence in Syria.

As many ask whether the so-called ‘Arab spring’ will bring change to the Middle East, we would like to interrogate the very ideas of continuity and change themselves across a number of disciplines. Does complete ‘rupture’ ever occur in history? Does regime change bring real differences in people’s lives? When migration brings change to individuals and families, what continuity is maintained in order to re-produce identity? How does language change and how far should linguistic change be managed? How should we study cultural continuity which exists over ethnic boundaries and international frontiers? What have been the changes and continuities within the field of Kurdish studies itself?

Our Second International Conference on Kurdish Studies will be held in Exeter on 6-8 September 2012. We aim to bring together scholars from all over the world, working in political science, geography, anthropology, history, literature, linguistics, gender studies and other disciplines of the humanities and social sciences.

Update: Conference announcement, June 2012

We were delighted to receive a large response to our Call for Papers, especially from younger scholars, we have scheduled some extra panels on the Saturday, 8 September, to enable as many scholars as possible to participate.

Key Note Speakers and Programme

We are delighted to announce our key note speakers this year will be Prof Zeynep Gambetti  who is associate professor of political theory at Bogazici University, Istanbul and Dr. Andrea Fischer-Tahir.  Since April 2007 Dr Fischer-Tahir has been a research fellow at the Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin.  For further information on our key speakers and detail of the conference programme please go here.

Booking details 

We have an online booking process which is now open for bookings.  Additionally we have reserved some on campus accommodation. Please go here to book your conference attendance and accommodation.

We look forward to welcoming you to Exeter in September.

Christine Allison, on behalf of the conference organising committee