When: June 18, 2021 07:00 PM London
Topic: The Sociology of Freedom
The webinar will be about Abdullah Öcalan’s perspectives on power and freedom. It will address how Öcalan conceptualizes power and hierarchy and how he proposes a sociology of freedom to rethink these concepts. During the webinar, we will also foreground how freedom is defined and lived in the Kurdish Freedom Movement both as a utopia and as a way of being and becoming here and now.
Webinar`s speaker: Nazan Üstündağ
Nazan Üstündağ received her PhD in 2005 from the sociology department at Indiana University Bloomington. Between 2005 and 2018, she worked as an Assistant Professor at Boğaziçi University, Department of Sociology. Currently, she is an Academy in Exile and IIE-Scholar Rescue Fund Fellow at the Forum Transregionale Studien. Nazan’s dissertation examined different forms of subjectivities and belongings of rural-to-urban women in Istanbul and the life stories they craft in the intersection of the violence of state, capital and patriarchy. Aside from writing on urban belongings in the era of neoliberalism, Nazan wrote extensively on social policy, gendered subjectivities and state violence in Kurdistan.
She has also worked as a columnist in the journal Nokta and the newspaper Özgür Gündem. Her opinion pieces appeared in venues such as Bianet, T24, RoarMagazine and Jadaliyya. Üstündağ is a member of Women for Peace and Academics for Peace. Most recently, she is finishing a book manuscript with the working title “Mother, Politician and Guerilla: The Emergence of A New Political Cosmology in Kurdistan Through Women’s Bodies and Speech”.
The Network Women Weaving the Future, which has organized the International Women’s Conference ‘Revolution in the Making’ 2018 in Frankfurt/Germany, is holding a new webinar series. This series will focus on Abdullah Ocalan and the Kurdish Freedom Movement’s paradigm.