Friday, March 1, 2019 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Welcome and Introductions 9:00 am - 9:15 am (Barbara Ying Center 101)

Güneş Murat Tezcür, Director of KPSP & Kerstin Hamann, Chair of Department of Political Science

Panel I: Identities: Majorities and Minorities 9:15 am -11:00 am (Barbara Ying Center 101)

  • Mücahit Bilici, John Jay College, Rethinking Ehmedê Xanî’s Political Philosophy in Mem û Zîn (1692)
  • Tyler Fisher, UCF & Haidar Khezri, UCF Rebuilding the Yazidi Shrines: Sacred Geography, Communal Architecture, and Personal Pilgrimage in the Aftermath of ISIS
  • Hakan Özoğlu, UCF, The Kurds of the Caucasus
  • Hille Hanso, Freelance journalist, Contemporary challenges of the Assyrians in relation to Kurdish politics in Iraqi Kurdistan

Panel II: Refugees and Borders 11:15 am -12:45 pm (Barbara Ying Center 101)

  • Fırat Bozcalı, University of Toronto, A State on Paper? Material and Affective Claims to Statehood in the Iraqi Kurdish-Turkish Border
  • Arzu Yılmaz, Independent scholar, Political Mobilization of Kurdish Refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan
  • Bayar Mustafa Sevdeen, American University of Kurdistan, Kurdish Inner Borders at a Crossroad: Rojava-Başur Border

Panel III: Kurds in the Eyes of Others 14:00 pm -15:45 pm (UCF Global Building 101)

  • Zeynep Kaya, London School of Economics, Orientalist Views of National Identity and Colonial Maps of Kurdistan
  • Ohannes Kılıçdağı, Harvard University, “White Man’s Burden” or Victim’s Hope(lessness): Armenian’s Attitude Toward the Kurds before the Genocide
  • Ekrem Karakoç, Binghamton University, Turkish Problem and Kurdish Conflict
  • Tutku Ayhan, UCF, “We are Yezidis. Being otherwise never stopped our persecution”: Yezidi Perceptions of Kurds and Kurdish Identity

Film Showing 16:00 pm-17:30 pm (UCF Global Building 101)


global building: 101: 101 *

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March 1, 2019, 9 a.m. Barbara Ying Center: BYC-101
March 1, 2019, 2 p.m. global building: 101: 101


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