Mass Violence and the Kurds: From the Late Ottoman Empire to Modern Turkey

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November 15, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Area Studies, Human Rights, Middle East History / Studies, Political Science, Political History / Studies

Mass Violence and the Kurds: From the Late Ottoman Empire to Modern Turkey


Date: 15 November 2018

Time: 9:30 - 17:00

Place: NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam


9:30 Welcome


9:30-10:00  Opening Remarks: Uğur Ümit Üngör


10:00-11:15  Panel I: From Abdulhamid II to the Committee of Union and Progress


Yektan Türkyılmaz, “Kurds as an Object of Ethnographic Curiosity in Armenian Political Imaginaries (1878-1922)”

Ali Sipahi, “The 1895 Massacres and the Perception of Kurdish Involvement”

Ayşenur Korkmaz, “Geography of Violence: Massacres in Sasun”


11:15-11:30  Coffee break


11:30-13:00  Panel II:  Violence and the Kurds in Republican Turkey


Naif Bezwan, “The Turkish Dual State and State Crime in Kurdistan”

Zeynep Kezer, “Ex Oriente Lux: Keban Dam and The Coercive Uses of Infrastructure”  

Ahmet Hamdi Akkaya, “Political Violence of Kurdish Movement Since 1970s”


13:00-14:00  Lunch


14:00-15:30  Panel III: Political Violence and Ethnic Conflict in the 1990s


Evren Balta, “Counterinsurgency and Ethnic Defection: the Case of the Village Guards”

Ayhan Işık, “The Emergence and Reorganization of Paramilitary Groups in Turkey in the 1990s”

Yeşim Yaprak Yıldız, “‘Sad Tales’: PKK Repentants Confessing to State Violence against Kurds”


15:30-15:45  Coffee break


15:45-16:15  Closing Remarks: Joost Jongerden


16:15-17:00  Plenary discussion


Contact Info: 

Ayhan Işık, Department of History, Utrecht University


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