The PKK, Kurdish Nationalism and the Future of Turkey, 7 November 2013: Conference Program

International Conference
The PKK, Kurdish Nationalism and the Future of Turkey
Thursday November 7, 2013
Tel: 202-378-8606
Organized and Sponsored by
PANEL – 1:
Kurdish Nationalism and Imperial Legacy
8:30 – 10:00 AM
Moderator: Gerard Toal, Virginia Tech
Perception of Identity among the Kurds in Turkey, Iraq and Iran – Derya Berk (Rutgers University)
De Facto States and the Independence Question: Is Iraqi Kurdistan an Exception? – Zheger Hassan (University of Western Ontario)
Europe’s Kurdish Diaspora as Bellwether – Vera Eccarius-Kelly (Siena College)
The Evolution of Kurdish Nationalism within the Turkish State Discourse – İnci Aksu Kargın (Indiana University, Bloomington)
PANEL – 2: Room – I
Young Academicians and Kurdish Nationalism
10:30 – 12:00 AM
Moderator: Tuğrul Keskin, Portland State University
Modernization, Religiosity, and Ethno-nationalism of the Kurds in Turkey – Keri Hughes (California State University – Long Beach)
From Juba to Erbil: The Growth of Cross-­Continental Consciousness – Evan Fowler (John Hopkins University)
Foundational Mythology and The Discursive Construction of Terrorism in the PKK – Selim Can Sazak (Columbia University)
Political Mobilization Theory, Syrian Kurds and PKK – Wladimir van Wilgenburg  (The JamestownFoundation)
PANEL – 3: Room – II
Kurdish Nationalism in Contemporary Turkey
10:30 AM – 12 :00 PM
Moderator: Birol Yeşilada, Portland State University
Emergence of Kurdish Nationalist Movement: From Social Movement Theories Perspective –  Rahman Dağ (Exeter University)
The “Arab Spring” and the Kurdish Community: An Analysis of the Kurdish Movement in Turkey in the Aftermath of the Arab Revolutions – Tülin Şen  (King’s CollegeLondon)
Language and Nation Building: The History of Kurdish in Turkey – Engin Gülbey (Ankara Strategic Institute)
Evolution of Turkish Nationalism and the Changing Nature of Kurdish Problem – Salim Çevik (Ipek University)
PANEL – 4: Room -I
PKK and Kurdish Nationalism
1:30 – 3:30 PM
Moderator: Birol Yeşilada, Portland State University 
US Policies and PKK’s New Situation  – Deniz Tansi (Yeditepe University)
The PKK and Kurdish Movement in the 1970s – Ahmet Hamdi Akkaya (Ghent University)
Turkey’s War on Terror: A Comparison of Applied Strategies in Dealing with the PKK –  Doğan Koç  (GülenInstitute-University of Houston)
The PKK Problem: Turkey’s Incapacity to Solve It – Birol Başkan (Georgetown University- School of Foreign Service in Qatar)
PANEL -5: Room -II
The Kurds and the Future of Turkey
1:30 – 3:30 PM
Moderator: Joshua Hendrick (Loyola University ofMaryland)
Understanding the “Kurdish Question”: an ethnographic case study in Yüksekova Tahir Abbas (Fatih University) and İsmail Hakkı Yiğit (Mississippi State University)
‘Prepared for Peace, Ready for War’? Context and Challenges of the Current Peace Process – Edel Hughes (University of EastLondon)
An Ethnographic Account of the Compulsory Public Service of Doctors in Hakkari: The Limits of the JDP’s Assimilation Strategy and the Production of Space – İlker Cörüt (Central European University)
Imperialism and Kurdish Nationalism in Turkish Press – Begümşen Ergenekon (Middle East Technical University)
The Kurds and the Future of Turkey
4:00 – 6:00 PM
Moderator: Kemal Silay, Indiana University,Bloomington
Managing Violent Conflicts of Mesopotamia through Regionalism: Emergence of Kurdish Sphere as a Game Changing Actor for Contestation and Peace Process – Haluk Baran Bingöl (Kennesaw State University)
Negotiations Between Pro-Islamic Government and Öcalan, the PKK Question for Turkey – Ali Kemal Özcan (Tunceli University)
The AKP’s Kurdish“Closing” – Elif Genç (York University)
From the Right for Independence to the Claims for Territorial Autonomy: The Kurdish Questions in Turkey – Maya Arakon (SüleymanŞah University)
The Correlates of Kurdish ethno-nationalism in Turkey: A more definitive test – Faruk Ekmekçi (Ipek University)
DINNER: 7:30 – 10:00 PM
ALEXANDRIA, VA   |  22314
Kemal Silay, Professor of Turkish Language and Literature; Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies Endowed Chair Professor; Director, Turkish Language Flagship Center; Director, Turkish Studies Program Indiana University
Gerard Toal, Professor of Government and International Affairs. Director of the Government and International Affairs program; Virginia Tech
Tuğrul Keskin, Assistant Professor of International and Middle East Studies; Affiliated Faculty of Black Studies Sociology, and Turkish Studies; Portland State University

About Dr Gerard Toal

Irish born academic living in Washington DC researching geopolitical competition and territorial conflicts in post-Communist Europe. Author of CRITICAL GEOPOLITICS (1996), BOSNIA REMADE (w C Dahlman) and NEAR ABROAD: PUTIN, THE WEST AND THE CONTEST OVER UKRAINE AND THE CAUCASUS (Oxford University Press, 2017).
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