Vendredi 1 novembre 2019 - 00h00

Mardi 5 novembre 2019 - 00h00

Zakho and Koya, Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI)

Third International Congress of Kurdish Studies

Organised by Kurdish Institute of Paris

In partnership with Koya University and Zakho University

1-5 November 2019

Zakho & Koya, Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI)


1 November 2019

Arrival at Erbil International Airport followed by trip to Zakho

2 November 2019

Zakho University, Zakho Road

09:00-9:30 Welcome Address

Dr. Lazgin Ebdi, President of Zakho University

Representative of KRG Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research

Dr. Kendal Nezan, President of Kurdish Institute of Paris


9:30-11:00: Plenary Session 1: Linguistic Rights in a Changing World

Chair: Dr. Nazand Begikhani

Dr. Fernand De Varennes: Linguistic Diversity and Human Rights of Minorities: The United Nations Standards and Their Implementation

Assist. Prof: Rebwar Siwayli: The State of Kurdish Language in Kurdistan Region’s Private Schools

Dr. Sacha Girond-Bourgeois: Optimal Linguistic Areas

11:00- 11:30: Coffee break

11:30- 12:30: Plenary Session 2: New Perspectives on Kurdish Language and Literature Chair: Dr Zubeda Sayd Salih

Dr. Michiel Leezenberg: New Theoretical Perspectives on the Historical Development of Kurdish Literature

Dr. Farangis Ghaderi: Modern Kurdish Poetry as Aesthetic Resistance

Dr. Yusuf Sharif: Phonological Atlas 10

12:30-14:00 Lunch

14.00-15:30 Workshops

(1) Kurdish Language: Unity and Diversity

Chair: Dr. Joanna Bochenska

Dr. Omar Bahiz: Word Order of Object Modifiers in the Noun Phrase in the Kurdish Bahdini Sub-dialect

Dr. Mizgin Chali: Speech Acts in Ehmedê Khanî’s Poems

Dr. Salih Akin: These Words that Make Noise: Phonology, Morphology and Semantics of Onomatopoeic Reduplication in Kurmanji

Mr. Omer Alkoshi & Kawan Ismaiyl Xelîl: Some Phonetic Phenomena Between Southern and Lori Dialects

(2) Kurdish Language Policy and Standardisation

Chair: Dr. Sacha Bourgeois-Gironde

Dr. Jaffer Sheyholislami: Kurdish in Iran: A Policy of "Safety Valve"

Mr. Resho Zilan: Kurmanji Workshop and its Activities

Dr. Abdulwahab Musa: Roadmap to Approach the Scientific (Kurdish) Language

Dr Dilan Rosheni: Nation-State Building or Language Planning?

(3) Approaches to Kurdish Literature and Literary Studies

Chair: Dr. Hardy Mede

Dr. Joanna Buchenska: Why it is Useful to Look at the Kurdish Oral Tradition Through the Lens of Modern Prose: Notes of a non-Kurdish Reader
Dr. Amr Ahmed: The Kurdish Mahdīnāmah: Folk Poetry or Classical Literature?

Dr. Hashem Ahmadzadeh: Literature and Identity

15:30-16:00: Coffee Break

16:00-17:30: Plenary Session, Reporting on Workshops

18:30: Dinner


3 November 2019

9:00: Visit to Lalish + Travel to Koya University


4 November 2019

Koya University, ​Danielle Mitterrand Boulevard, Koya

09:00-9:30: Welcome Address

Dr. Wali M. Hamad, President of Koya University; Dr. Aram Muhammad Qadir, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research; French General Consul Mr Olivier Decottignies, Representative of the Kurdish Institute of Paris.


9:30-11:00: Plenary Session 1: Kurdish Culture, Politics and Society

Chair: Dr. Kendal Nezan

Prof. Martin Van Bruinessen: The Emergence of Kurdish Studies as a Legitimate Academic Specialisation

Dr. Nazand Begikhani: Gender Mainstreaming in Kurdistan and Questions of Methodology

Dr. Eva Weil: Consequences of Collective Traumas on the Psychic Development in Survivors and Their Descendants

Mr. Gérard Chaliand: Changing Perception of the Kurds in Western Opinion Since 1960


11:00-11:30: Coffee Break

11:30 -13:00: Plenary Session 2: History and Archelogy

Chair: Dr. Joost Jongerden

Dr. Haidar Lashkri: Self Centralizing in the Historical Memory: On Writing History in the Kurdistan Region’s Academic Institutions

Dr. Narmen Amen: Re-thinking Archaeology and Challenges Facing Women in Kurdistan

Dr. Barbara Couturaud: Archaeology in Kurdistan: New Research in the Plain of Akrê

Dr. Najat Abdulla: A Century of History: Kurdish Books Between 1910-2010


13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:30: Workshops

(1) Gender, Violence and Identity Construction Through Resistance

Chair: Mamilan R. Hussein

Dr. Isabel Käser: What Kind of Femininity? And what Kind of Liberation? The Kurdish Women's Movement's Struggle for a New order

Dr. Hardy Mede: Facing Symbolic Violence in Politics: The Experience of Female Politicians in Kurdistan Region

Dr. Wendy Hamelink: Everyday Life, Family Relationships and Political Activism of Syrian Kurdish Women?

Dr. Cinzia Pappi: A Goddess in a Man’s World: Cultural and Social Developments of the Lady of Arbela in the Mesopotamian Sources


(2) Kurdish Diaspora and Its Impact on Kurdish Politics

Chair: Dr. Salih Akin

Dr. Khalid Khayati: The Dynamic of a Stateless Diaspora: The Kurdish Case in Sweden

Dr. Adnan Celik: Impact of Mobility on Kurdish Political Activism in Europe During the Cold War

Dr. Engin Sustam: The Decolonial Manifest of Kurdish Artistic and Cultural Space at the Time of the Conflict in Turkey


(3) Contemporary Developments in Kurdish Questions in Iraq and Turkey

Chair: Dr. Cinthia Pappi

Dr. Joost Jongerden: Agrarian Change and Governance in the Kurdistan Region in Iraq

Dr. Jordi Tejel: The Ararat Revolt and Paradoxes of the Global Middle East, 1927-1932

Mr. Sedat Ulugana: The Role and importance of Sheikh Abdulsalaam Barzani in the "Kurdish Movement" (1908-1914)


15:30-16:00: Coffee Break

16:00-17:30: Plenary Session - Reporting on Workshops and Discussions

18:30: Dinner

5 November 2019

9:00: Cultural tour of Koya and participants travel back to Erbil Airport to catch 4 PM or Evening Flights.