International Conference on Kurdish Studies

June 2017 'Kurdish Futures In an Outside of Iraq, Syria and Iran: Fresh Hopes or New Tragedies?' 

The Centre has hosted a series of international conferences in Kurdish Studies, most recently a conference in June 2017, entitled: 'Kurdish Futures In an Outside of Iraq, Syria and Iran: Fresh Hopes or New Tragedies?' This was the third of such conferences to be hosted here at Exeter. The Event was a great success with over 80 delegates and speakers attending over 2.5 days.

September 2012 'The Kurds and Kurdistan: Considering Continuity and Change.'

The second international conference on Kurdish Studies was held on 6-8 September 2012 on the topic: ‘The Kurds and Kurdistan: Considering Continuity and Change’. Keynotes addresses were given by Andrea Fischer-Tahir from the Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin, and by Zeynep Gambetti, a political scientist at Bogazici University in Istanbul.

Documents from the conference

April 2009 'The Kurds and Kurdistan: History, Politics, Culture.'

The first was organised in April 2009 on the following theme: The Kurds and Kurdistan: History, Politics, Culture. Distinguished pioneers in the field of Kurdish Studies, Amir Hassanpour of the University of Toronto and Hamit Bozarslan of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), were invited keynote speakers.

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

A photographic journey through Kurdish history

The Centre organised a conference by Chris Kutschera to coincide with the second international conference on Kurdish Studies. The exhibition, “A photographic journey through Kurdish history”, presented key events and personalities of Kurdish history through the eye of this photographer who has covered Kurdistan with her husband, a journalist, for 40 years. It was a very emotional moment to hear the reporters remembering their first trip to Kurdistan and their many stories.