Giving lectures is quite an adrenaline-driven excercise, but always in a positive way. I love sharing the story of the Kurds and my view of it in public, and in the last couple of years have done so at universities, NGO’s, in European Parliament and at several conferences on Kurds. According to my audiences, my lectures are inspirational and thought provoking.
You can book me for lectures on Kurds and Turkey, and for lectures on (freelance) journalism as well. If you want that in Dutch, please contact Marga Miltenburg at ZijSpreekt. If you want me to speak at your event in English or Turkish, contact me directly.
On 8 April 2015 I gave a lecture in Diyarbakir. Well, it was actually my defence in the trial the state opened against me for ‘making propaganda for a terrorist organisation’. I presented my defence in Turkish. I put it online in Turkish and in English. By the way, that court case is ongoing. The prosecutor asked for my acquittal during the hearing and a few days later the judges acquitted me, but another prosecutor appealed. A court in Ankara is now looking into it. A decision was expected in spring 2016, but I am still waiting. There will be no hearing, since in Turkey appeals are handled administratively.
Upcoming public appearances:
* 8 September 2017: member of a panel in the Night Of The Dictatorship, ProDemos, House for Democracy and State of law, The Hague, Netherlands. More information here when available.
* 6 October 2017: Speaker at conference about Advocacy Journalism, Bureau Wibaut, Amsterdam, Netherlands. More information here when available.
* 25 October 2017: Lecture at Flemmish Cultural Foundation ‘Masereelfonds’, Brussels, Belgium. More information here when available.