Events

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign organises events and meetings as part of its political and solidarity work.  You can find information on our events here, as well as related events held by other organisations from London and across the country.

 

Thursday 20 March, 6-8pm
NEWROZ: Reception in Parliament
Hosted by Paul Maskey MP, this years Newroz Reception in Parliament will include a programme of short speeches, Kurdish music, as well and food and drinks. All welcome.
Venue: MacMillan Room, Portcullis House, Westminster, Victoria Embankment, SW1A 0AA

Sunday 23 March
NEWROZ: Main celebration in Finsbury Park
Venue:
Finsbury Park, London, N7.

Thursday 27 March, 6-8pm
Performative Encounters between Kurdish and Turkish Youth in Diyarbakır, Muğla and Berlin
In this presentation, Prof Leyla Neyzi will reflect on an international multidisciplinary project, “Young People Speak Out: The Contribution of Oral History to Facing the Past, Reconciliation and Democratization in Turkey” carried out in 2011-2013. Project output based on a large oral history archive include multimedia products such as a website in Kurdish, Turkish and English (www.gencleranlatiyor.org), exhibition, film and book. The presentation will focus on the research process, the participation of young people in the project, and reflect on the experience in light of the Gezi events and the current context in Turkey. SHORT BIO OF PROF LEYLA NEYZI An anthropologist and oral historian, Professor Leyla Neyzi teaches at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Sabanci University. Her publications and research projects can be viewed on her website. More details about the event, and event registration here.
Venue: SOAS, University of London / Brunei Gallery; Room: B102. Organized by London Kurdish Institute, Kurdish Studies and Student Organisation and Kurdish Society at SOAS. For further information, please contact us at info@londonkurdishinstitute.org or Dr Janroj Keles at J.Keles@mdx.ac.uk

Monday 7 April, 7-8.30pm
Destruction of the Near East and the Kurdistan Issue
The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) is delighted to invite you to a Westminster Debate on Turkey’s Kurdish issue with Dr Ismail Besikci, a Turkish sociologist, critic of Kemalism, and Kurdologist. Dr Ismail Besikcihas written extensively on Turkey’s Kurds and their rights. He is regarded as an icon for freedom of speech as he was imprisoned for 17 years on propaganda charges stemming from his studies on the Kurdish population in Turkey. For many years, he was the only prominent non-Kurdish academic who spoke against the oppression on Kurds. He was a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987. He is a PEN Honorary Member. Ismail Besikci Foundation of which Ismail Besikci is honorary chairman was established in 2012.This CEFTUS Westminster Debate is kindly hosted and chaired by Jeremy Corbyn Labour MP for Islington North. Known for his long standing campaigns for human rights, Corbyn is a prominent Amnesty member, a member of the Socialist Campaign Group, a supporter of a United Ireland and has campaigned against Gaza-Israel conflict.
Venue: Committee Room 9, House of Commons, SW1A 0AA London. Organised by The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS).  Please note that security checks are required to enter the House of Commons, so we kindly ask you to arrive at 6.30PM.

Tuesday 8 April, 7-9pm
Turkey’s Kurdish Question: Past, Present and Future, with Dr. İsmail Beşikçi
The Turkish sociologist İsmail Beşikçi  is one of the most prominent  scholar in the field of Kurdish studies.  He started his academic career at Atatürk University in Erzurum as an assistant professor where he conducted an anthropological study on the last nomadic Kurdish tribes, the Alikan in the 1960s. At that time, Beşikçi was the only scholar in Turkey to dare to research on the Kurds and challenge the ethnic centred Turkish state policy of systematical denial of the Kurdish existence, identity, culture and language.  He has paid a heavy price for speaking out against the institutional racism, discrimination and repression of  the Kurds and the colonisation of Kurdistan. He has spent more than seventeen years in prison and  wasreleased from jail in 1999. He becomes a veteran for defending collective and self-determination rights of the Kurds and academic freedom in Turkey. 32 of the 36 books that he has published have been banned in Turkey.
Venue: V211, Vernon Square Campus, SOAS, University of London, Vernon Square, Penton Rise, London, WC1X 9EW (NOT Russell Square campus). Organised by London Kurdish Institute, Kurdish Society at SOAS and Kurdish Studies and Student Organisation. For more information: info@londonkurdishinstitute.org‏

Wednesday 9 April, 5pm
Seminar: Kurds, Identity and future perspectives
Featuring prominent scholar Dr. İsmail Beşikçi . Please note this event is primarily for Turkish and Kurdish speakers, no English translation will be provided. Organized by London Kurdish Institute, Kurdish Studies and Student Organisation and Kırkısraklılar Solidarity Centre.
Venue: Kırkısraklılar Dayanışma Merkezi , 4-6 Derby Road,Enfield EN3 4AN.

Thursday 10 April 2014 13:00 – 14:00
Foreign Fighters in Syria: A Threat at Home and Abroad?
A Chatham House Members event with Richard Barrett CMG OBE, Senior Vice President for Special Projects, The Soufan Group; Coordinator of the Al-Qaeda and Taliban Monitoring Team, United Nations (2004-12); Shiraz Maher, Senior Research Fellow and Head of Outreach, The International Centre for the Study of Radicalization, King’s College London; Raffaello Pantucci, Senior Reseach Fellow, Royal United Services Institute. Chair: Frank Gardner OBE, Security Correspondent, BBC. The level of foreign fighters flowing into Syria has become a major concern for the international community. The expert panel will consider the motivations and aims of foreigners travelling to fight in the Syrian conflict and the security implications that this poses to the region. They will also consider the potential threat of ‘radicalized’ foreign fighters returning to their home countries, and how this could be countered.
Venue: Chatham House, 10 St James’s Square London SW1Y 4LE

Thursday 10 April, 5.30pm
The Armenian Genocide in Literature
Two papers will be presented this evening: Eghishe Charents’ Dantesque Legend and the Armenian Genocide, by Prof. Theo M van Lint, Calouste Gulbenkian Professor of Armenian Studies, The Oriental Institute, University of Oxford; and The Politics of Remembering: Massacres against Armenians (Non-Muslims) in Kurdish Novels, by Dr Ozlem Galip, Lecturer at the Institute of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford. Organized by London Kurdish Institute, Kurdish Studies and Student Organisation and Kurdish Society at SOAS.
Venue: School of Oriental and African Studies, Room TBC

Friday 11 April, 7-9pm
Open Debate with Igor Zulaika
Igor Zulaika, member of Sortu in Brussels, will be in London to speak about the current situation in general about the Basque Country and the intentions for the future. This event is part of the 8th International solidarity week with the Basque Country.
Venue: 406 Morehouse Terrace, London Fields, E8 3PH

Saturday 12 April, 5-10pm
A Basque Event
A big day with four Bertsolaris; Alaia Martin, Jokin Uranga, Xamoa and Benat Gaztelumendi at the Welsh Centre This event is part of the 8th International solidarity week with the Basque Country.
Venue: Welsh Centre, 157-163 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8UE

Tuesday 15 April, 6.30pm
Ukraine: What’s behind the crisis
Speakers:
Jonathan Steele; John Rees; Carol Turner. Chair Jeremy Corbyn MP.
The crisis in the Ukraine has made the world a much more dangerous place. There is a continuing danger of war in the Ukraine itself and it has the potential to destabilise countries from Moldova to the Baltics. The crisis has to be seen in the context of a decades long push eastwards by the EU and NATO. Western diplomats and politicians have been deeply implicated in the Ukrainian events since January and the result has been a government of oligarchs and fascists. Stop the War is organising a series of meetings on the subject including this meeting in London.
Venue: The Wesley Hotel, Euston Street, London. More info on the event here:http://www.stopwar.org.uk/events/london-public-meeting-ukraine-what-s-behind-the-crisis#.Uz1HYMeLmcc

Saturday 25 April, 6pm
Religion, secularism and the idea of public sphere in Kurdistan – Iraq
A seminar with DrDara M. Salam, fellow at the Centre for Ethics and Global Politics. He will argue that we cannot read the concept of the public sphere in Kurdistan – Iraq and the Middle East, more generally, in a secular manner. It is, rather, best understood as a multi-layered sphere where convergence, but not consensus, is reached and religion is highly represented in it. The significance of this argument is twofold. First, it addresses the deficiencies of the concept of the public sphere understood as a singular sphere. Second, it argues that secularism requires the cultivation of a political culture in which secular values can take roots. Organized by London Kurdish Institute, Kurdish Studies and Student Organisation and Kurdish Society at SOAS.
Venue: School of Oriental and African Studies, Room TBC

Saturday 26 April, 2-4.30pm
Tony Benn – Assessing his Legacy for the Left
A Socialist History Society event, with speakers Keith Flett, Duncan Bowie, Willie Thomson, Stan Newens, Kate Hudson and more.
Venue: Brockway Room, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London Wc1R 4RL

Wednesday 30 April, 6pm
Mumia: A long Distance Revolutionary, a film by Stephen Vittoria
A screening and discussion on the recent documentary Mumia: A long distance revolutionary, which follows the extraordinary journey of the journalist and revolutionary Mumia Abu- Jamal, who was imprisoned in solitary con­finement on death row in Pennsylvania, USA for 30 years. A discussion will follow the screening, with Peter Hodgkinson OBE, Director, Centre for Capital Punishment Studies, University of Westminster will comment on the death penalty. Sara Callaway, Global Women Strike and Jailhouse Lawyers’ project will comment on the issue of political prisoners. Esther Stanford-Xosei, Community Advocate, Co-Chair of Pan-Afrikan Reparations Coalition in Europe (PARCOE) will comment on racism and criminal justice. Chaired by Dr Radha D’Souza, University of Westminster, School of Law. Organised by The Development & Conflict Group at the School of Law, University of Westminster in association with Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC), Centre for Capital Punishment Studies, Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, Human Rights Committee Law Society, Newham Monitoring Project, Campaign for Press & Broadcasting Freedom (CPBF). To register and find our more information, check the Eventbrite notice.
Venue:School of Law, University of Westminster, 4 Little Titchfield Street, London, W1W 7UW. The event is free, but RSVP is essential: Nicola Laing at N.Laing@westminster.ac.uk.

Saturday 10 May, 10-5pm
Hugo Chavez’s legacy and the transformation of Venezuela
With guests from Venezuelan Government & social movements plus:
Alvaro Sanchez, Venezuelan Embassy – Henry Suarez, Venezuelan writer & historian – H.E. Esther Armentreros, Cuban Ambassador – H.E. Alicia Castro, Argentinian Ambassador- Guissell Morales-Echaverry, Nicaraguan Embassy.
And: Richard Bagley, Editor Morning Star – Christine Blower, NUT General Secretary – Colin Burgon, Venezuela Solidarity Campaign – Tony Burke, Unite Assistant General Secretary – Jeremy Corbyn MP – Dr. Mark Dineen, University of Southampton – Dr. Francisco Dominguez, Latin American Studies, Middlesex University – Sian Errington, VSC Women for Venezuela – Neil Findlay MSP, observer to Venezuelan elections – Lindsey German, Convenor, Stop the War Coalition – Billy Hayes, CWU General Secretary – Kate Hudson, CND General Secretary – Bethan Jenkins AM, Plaid Cymru – and many more.
Venue: University of London Union, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY. Register online today here  to reserve your place

Tuesday 20 May, 2.30-4.30pm
UN Forum 2014 preview event and launch of Kofi Annan’s new book, We the Peoples: A UN for the Twenty-First Century.
UNA-UK, King’s College London and the Kofi Annan Foundation are delighted to announce that former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan will mark the launch of his new book with an exclusive UN Forum 2014 preview event on Tuesday 20 May at King’s College London. This afternoon event will see Mr Annan deliver brief remarks followed by a discussion with Sir Jeremy Greenstock, Chairman of UNA-UK and former UK ambassador to the UN, after which questions will be taken from the audience. Mr Annan’s new book, ‘We the Peoples: A UN for the Twenty-First Century’, encapsulates his time in office – including the crises over Kosovo and East Timor, and the war in Iraq – through a wide-ranging selection of his key speeches. Copies of the book will be available to purchase on the day, and Mr Annan will sign books for a limited time after the event.
Venue: King’s College London, Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS. More information here: http://www.una.org.uk/annan. Registration essential. Capacity is extremely limited and tickets will be strictly allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

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