Scholarly works on the Kurds have approached the subject form a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and perspectives. Nevertheless while there exist considerable scholarly literature that takes anthropological, philological, sociological and political science orientated approaches, critical historical writing on the Kurds remains a relatively underdeveloped area within the field of Kurdish Studies.
Writing the history of the Kurds is often a fraught task, given the overtly political nature of the Middle East’s ‘Kurdish question’. Indeed, the historian must ask him or herself whether it is in fact possible to write a history of the Kurds without falling afoul of the methodological and epistemological dangers presented by the ‘nationalist’ paradigm. In other words, is it possible to write Kurdish history from a non-nationalist perspective?
It is with these points and questions in mind that St. Antony’s College in association with Ertegun House will be holding a one day conference entitled ‘New Perspectives on Writing the History of the Kurds’. We invite all interested scholars to submit abstracts for consideration. Of particular interest are those working on:
• Historiography and Historical Writing
• Political and Diplomatic History
• Social History
• The History of Language and Literature
Abstracts should be to submitted (200 words) in word format by 30th January 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please entitle your e-mail ‘Kurdish History Conference’ and include your name and institutional affiliation in a separate word document.
The conference will be held 17th May 2013 at Ertugun House.
We look forward to seeing you in Oxford, ‘New Perspectives on Writing the History of the Kurds Organisational Committee’.
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