New book on youth identity in the Kurdistan Region

Youth Identity, Politics and Change in Contemporary Kurdistan

Editors:
Shivan Fazil (SIPRI) & Bahar Baser
September, 2021

Transnational Press London

Abstract

The contemporary history of the KRI is marked by conflict, war, and ethnic cleansing under Saddam Hussein and the tyranny of the Ba’ath regime, significantly affecting the political situation of the Kurds in the Middle East. Most of the recent academic literature has focused on the broader picture or, in other words, the macro politics of the Kurdish conundrum within Iraq and beyond. There is little scholarship about the Kurdish population and their socio-economic conditions after 2003, and almost none about the younger generation of Kurds who came of age during autonomous Kurdish rule.

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Youth Identity, Politics and Change in Contemporary Kurdistan

In recent weeks, images of migrants stranded at the Belarus-Poland border have gone viral. Among them are thousands of Kurds primarily youth from the autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq. What are the grievances of the youth that pushes them to make such a dangerous journey?

The contemporary history of the Kurdistan Region is marked by conflict and ethnic cleansing under the Ba’ath regime, significantly affecting the political situation of the Kurds in the Middle East. Most of the recent academic literature has focused on the macro politics of the Kurdish conundrum within Iraq and beyond. However, there is little scholarship about the Kurdish population and their socio-economic conditions in the wake of the US-invasion of Iraq in 2003, and almost none about the younger generation of Kurds who came of age during autonomous Kurdish rule.

This is a generation that, unlike their forebears, has no direct memory of the decades-long campaigns of repression, and has come of age in a region that underwent a significant transformation impacting and shaping the living experiences of the youth.

Based on the new book Youth Identity, Politics and Change in Contemporary Kurdistan, the contributors of the book will explore the social, economic and political challenges and opportunities for young Kurdish men and women.

Speakers
Shivan Fazil
, Researcher, Middle East and North Africa programme, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
Bahar Baser, Associate Professor, School of Government & International Affairs, Durham University
Lana Askari, Researcher, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
Megan Connelly, Non-Resident Fellow, Institute of Regional and International Studies, American University of Iraq – Sulaimani

Moderator
Lucia Ardovini, Research Fellow, Swedish Institute of International Affairs

The webinar is hosted by The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) as part of the Swedish Middle East & North Africa Network’s (SWEMENA) webinar program.

 

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Article on Palestinian refugee identities in Lebanon

Making home in exile: Everyday practices and belongings in Palestinian refugee camps

Author: Erin Cory (Malmö University)
2020

Intellect

Abstract

Palestinians share a history of exile oriented towards the loss and reclamation of a homeland, often expressed through a shared visual lexicon and mythos. In the context of refugee camps, however, local visual culture and everyday practices demonstrate how Palestinian lives are also grounded in local stories and experiences. How do Palestinian refugees deploy everyday practices to create their home spaces? What can these practices reveal about refugees’ myriad belongings? And, in thinking about these practices, what can be said about how a feeling of home can be articulated in exile, which is at its heart the forced removal/dislocation from home?

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Turkey’s Mission Impossible: War and Peace with the Kurds

Join the discussion of the book launch of Cengiz Çandar’s Turkey’s Mission Impossible: War and Peace with the Kurds. In conversation with Bitte Hammargren.

When Turkey moved into the modern era as a nation-state, it brought with it the denial of Kurdish identity. This denial created a seemingly intractable “Kurdish question” that has been marked by numerous revolts and decades of insurgency.

In his new book Cengiz Çandar – journalist, former presidential advisor and public intellectual – blends a historical account of the Kurdish question in Turkey with his own experiences and insights into the politicians and fighters involved. Paying close attention to the repeatedly failing peace processes, Turkey’s Mission Impossible challenges conventional views on Turkey and provides a nuanced picture of how we arrived at now.

This event is co-hosted by Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.

Cengiz Çandar is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies (SUITS), and Senior Associate Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) Middle East and North Africa Programme.

Bitte Hammargren is an independent and self-employed writer, analyst and consultant on issues related to Turkey, North Africa and West Asia, i.e. the MENA region, and a Senior Associate Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) Middle East and North Africa Programme.

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