Newsletter 4-2020

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dear friends,

We are pleased to send you our last newsletter for this year

Board meetings
These took place on 6 October, 15 November and 10 December.

Science Award
The Scientific Advisory Board has made its recommendation for the award winners. All applications or nominations were excellent and the decision was very difficult. Both the Advisory Board and the Executive Board are proud of the academic expertise and especially the young competence. Aylin Karabulut from the University of Duisburg-Essen, was awarded the young talent prize. The physicist Dr. Mehmet Gündüz from the Ruhr University Bochum received the science prize. The award ceremony will not take place this year due to the Covid pandemic.

Symposium “Gender Studies meets Jineolojî
The symposium was held on 30 October in cooperation with the Marie Jahoda Center for International Gender Studies at Ruhr University Bochum and the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer. The event was supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. The opening speech was held by our co-chairperson. Dr. Beate von Miquel, Director of the Marie Jahoda Center for International Gender Studies, also spoke at the opening. Speakers were the social scientist Dr. Dilar Dirik from the University of Oxford, the political scientist Dr. Christine Löw from the University of Frankfurt a.M., Şervin Nûdem from the Jineolojî Academy Qamişlo, the spokesperson of the International Initiative Freedom for Ocalan – Peace in Kurdistan, the historian Dr. Muriel Athenas from the Ruhr University Bochum and the political scientist Dr. Marlene Schäfers from the University of Ghent. The conference was moderated by the peace and conflict researcher Dr. Mechthild Exo from the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer and the social scientist Münevver Azizoğlu-Bazan from the University of Bremen. Work on these topics will continue in the future.

Conference of Kurdish doctors and allied professions
On 16 January 2021, a conference specific to the professions will be held for the first time. In addition to a report on the developments around Covid-19, the conference will focus on the evaluation of health systems in Kurdistan, diaspora-specific challenges and humanitarian aid for Kurdistan. The programme is published on our homepage. The registration period ends on 5 January 2020 and for organisational issues we kindly ask you to register till 5th of January via

Conference NRW
The conference will take place in cooperation with the Volkshochschule Köln on 30 January 2021. Under the title “Turkey: Continuities, Wars and Kurdish Perspectives”, the social scientist Münevver Azizoğlu-Bazan from the University of Bremen, the political scientist Alp Kayserilioğlu from Berlin, the HDP MP Feleknas Uca from Turkey and the former HDP MP Ziya Pir will discuss the themes under the moderation of the political scientist Ismail Küpeli and the journalist Dilan Karacadağ.

We are working on a symposium with experts from politics and science to be held next year.

Soft skills seminars
After a seminar-free year in 2020, two events are planned for the coming year.

Best wishes for health and best regards

KURD-AKAD Executive board