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:
* 6 December 2017: Speaker at the 14th International Conference on the European Union, Turkey, the Middle East and the Kurds, to be held in the European Parliament, Brussels. For more information and to participate, click here.
* 10 December 2017, International Human Rights Day. Speaker at ‘Press Freedom and Human Rights in Erdogan’s Turkey’, Amsterdam. More info when available.
* 19 December 2017: I will be talking about non-fiction writing in ‘Schrijfkabinet’, in Torpedo Theater, the smallest theater in the Netherlands. Here is more info!