Conversations about Kurdistan and Palestine : Rurality, Rural Lives, and Alternative Futures

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Conversations about Kurdistan and Palestine is a series of online workshops that aims to collectively think about past and present transformations of rurality, and rural spaces and lives in these regions.

In the 20th and 21st century, Palestine and Kurdistan’s rural areas have gone through extremely violent transformations and dynamics of dispossession: the destruction of villages and agricultural lands and the transformation of life space and livelihood turned the inhabitants of rural areas into forced migrants, refugees, exiles, and urbanites, and the rural spaces and lives into a lost homeland and a by-gone golden age. Over the last year, the Covid-19 pandemic has deepened historic inequalities of class, gender, race in access to life-making resources and livelihoods and exposed the already precarious living conditions of rural communities in these regions to new sets of social, political and economic challenges. 

We envisage these workshops to open up spaces for exploring a host of questions and ideas emerging from and in response to the rapid, manifold, and at times contradictory, transformations involving the rural world. In particular, we aim these workshops to be a place for scholars of rural Palestine and Kurdistan to exchange, on the one hand, on commonalities and differences regarding violent processes of dispossession and capitalist accumulation in locations where nationalist/neo-/settler-/post-colonial power is exercised; on the other hand, we aim to explore the forms of struggles, class alliances and solidarities that have emerged and proliferated in the rural world against and beyond context-specific capitalist-colonial formations and procedures, and the futures that these struggles envision. By reflecting on the commonalities and differences of each region, we also aim to open a dialogue about conceptual and theoretical approaches frequently used in each field and discuss the heuristic opportunities and opening cross-pollination could bring.

The series will focus on three main axes: rural livelihoods, work and mobility; land politics, food and ecology; rural economy, agriculture and land values. Every month two speakers will offer an insight on rural Palestine and Kurdistan and highlight the challenges and potentialities opened up by the current conjecture. Presentations will be followed by an open discussion with participants.
Stéphanie Latte Abdallah, Sciences Po - CERI (France), Fadia Panosetti, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), Schluwa Sama, University of Exeter (UK), Clémence Scalbert Yücel, University of Exeter (UK).

This seminar will take place online via the Zoom platform.
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Session 1

26 April 2021 | 15:00 - 17:00 GMT. or 17:00 - 19:00 Paris Time.
Biodiversity, Violence and Resistance

Mazin Qumsiyeh, Bethlehem University.
Bénédicte Bonzi, EHESS.

Stéphanie Latte Abdallah, Sciences Po - CERI.

The session will be held in English.
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Session 2

24 May 2021 | 15:00 - 17:00 GMT. or 17:00 - 19:00  Paris Time.
Agriculture and The Value of Land within Environmental Change

Schluwa Sama, University of Exeter.
Mauro Van Aken, University of Milano-Bicocca.

Fadia Panosetti, ULB.

The session will be held in English.
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Session 3 

14 June 2021 | 15:00 - 17:00 GMT. or 17:00 - 19:00 Paris Time.
Mobility and Labour Relations in Times of Pandemic

Rafeef Ziadah, SOAS University.
Michaël Thevenin, University of Paris.

Clémence Scalbert, University of Exeter.

The session will be held in English.
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