1. Tuesday 23 February, 19:00-21:00

 Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS (University of London)
WC1H0 London, United Kingdom

 SOAS Students and academics would like to welcome you to our event: ‘Stop Turkey’s War on Kurds: Discussion Panel’ chaired by Elif Sarican. David Graeber, Kamran Matin, Melanie Gingell, and Meike Nack will be joining us to shed light on the Turkish state’s oppression of Kurds in southeast Turkey, Kurdistan. We offer an in-depth analysis of the illegal curfews and human rights violations being carried out against civilians. We will also discuss possible solutions to the ongoing conflict. 


David Graeber: Anthropology Professor at the London School of Economics. He is the author of numerous publications including ‘The Utopia of Rules’ and ‘Debt: The First 5,000 Years’. He is also an anarchist activist was one of the founders of the Occupy Wall Street movement and is known to have coined the phrase ‘we are the 99 percent’. Graeber has been to Rojava on an academic delegation and was in Southeast Turkey, Kurdistan for the November snap elections as an election observer.

Melanie Gingell: A prominent Human Rights lawyer at Doughty Street Chambers. She has recently started working at the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) as a campaigns coordinator. Gingell has been to Sur as a part of a delegation during the imposition of the first set of curfews on the district. She has also been to Southeast Turkey, Kurdistan, as an election observer during the November snap elections.

Kamran Matin: A senior lecturer in International Relations at Sussex University and the author of ‘Recasting Iranian Modernity: International Relations and Social Change’ (2013).

Elif Sarican: A student at the London School of Economics. She is a Kurdish activist and a coordinator of the Kurdish Students Union. Sarican has been to Southeast Turkey, Kurdistan, as an observer in the November snap elections.

New Guest Speaker: Meike Nack, who is a social scientist and economist; women’s rights activist and the European representative of WJAR, Europe will be speaking about Turkey’s treatment of the Kurdish issue in Rojava (North Syria). Meike Nack will be in London for the three days from Rojava, so we are delighted that we have been given the opportunity to have her presence at this event.

For more information see: https://www.facebook.com/events/187378454951625/