My lectures

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Giving a lecture on journalism at a conference organized by the Dutch Foundation for Narrative Journalism, 9 February 2016. Photo @copy; Fleur Born

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. I can speak in Dutch, English and Turkish. Interested? Contact me!

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 (in Dutch unless otherwise mentioned):

* Sunday 12 May 2019: TedX Leiden University. Overall theme: Through another lense. More information to follow, stay tuned! Ted Talks will be in English.

* Tuesday 14 May 2019: Evening ‘Breaking down power structures’, centering around my book ‘This Fire Never Dies’ about the PKK.
Ik zal voorlezen uit mijn boek en een korte lezing geven, waarin ik de strijd die de PKK voert tegen het partiarchaat zal verbinden aan de anti-racismestrijd in Nederland. Na een pauze is er een panelgesprek over dat thema, geleid door Anja Meulenbelt, met in het panel: Tayfun Balçık (historicus, The Hague Peace Project), Heidi Dorudi (filosoof, auteur, intersectioneel feminist) en ik. Kom daarnaast ook voor de Koerdische muziek!
Locatie: Ru Paré, Chris Lebeaustraat 4, Amsterdam (Nieuw-West)
Tijd: Deuren open om 19.00 uur, start programma om 19.30 uur, tot uiterlijk 21.30 uur (waarna borrel).
Hou deze plek of dit FB-event in de gaten voor meer info!