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:
* 23 February 2018: Lecture about the situation in Afrin (northwest Syria) for Mentium, platform for students and young professionals, Utrecht, Netherlands. More info soon on Montium’s website.
* 24 February 2018: Member of Panel ‘Turkey: friend or foe’, organized by The Hague Peace Project and The Hague Freedom Book Fair, The Hague, Netherlands. More info and tickets here.
* 16 March 2018: ‘Witness testimony’ for the Permanent People’s Tribunal on Turkey and the Kurds, Paris, France. No extra information online yet but you can check out the Tribunal’s website for more info about their work.