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.



Third International Congress on Kurdish Studies is an open access conference organized by the Kurdish Institute of Paris in partnership with the Koya University and the University of Zakho, sponsored by the French Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Kurdistan Region's Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MHE-KRG).'' © 2019, Koya University is a public University accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research - KRG - Iraq, Association of Arab Universities and International Association of Universities.