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Ismail Besikci and Wendy Pearlman: Kurds’ Right to Self-Determination and the International Political Order

When: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM CT

Where: Harris Hall, Room 108, 1881 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Gina Stec  

Group: Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Co-Sponsor: Middle East and North African Studies

Category: Global & Civic Engagement


Ismail Beşikçi is a renowned sociologist, Kurdologist, PEN Honorary Member, and former Nobel Peace Prize candidate who caught the attention of international politics with his work on the Kurdish Question and the continuing struggle of Kurds,  including their right to self-determination in the age of nation-states. He is the author of numerous anthropological studies on the social stratification of Kurds and Kurdistan, which he portrays as an international colony under the occupation of Iran, Iraq, Syria Turkey.

Beşikçi was imprisoned in Turkey for a total of 17 years for his scientific works on the Kurds and the Kurdish cause, which consistently contradicted the Turkish official historiography and political discourse.

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