Kurdish Feminisms, Meeting 1: Nadje Al-Ali & Latif Tas
Sat 2 March, 2–6pm
Forest Hill, London SE23
Free & open to all
Led by Ceren Özpinar
The first of two meetings of the Feminist Duration Reading Group exploring aspects of contemporary Kurdish feminism. The session focuses on the the insightful analyses of Nadje Al-Ali & Latif Taş in their 2018 article ‘Reconsidering nationalism and feminism: the Kurdish political movement in Turkey.’ Al-Ali and Taş examine Kurdish feminism in its double and complicated relationship with Turkish nationalism and the Kurdish movement, showing the different political stages of Kurdish women’s struggle in the past decades against the backdrop of rising ethnic-national and patriarchal tendencies in both Turkey and the Kurdish feminist movements. While investigating the possibility of women’s liberation within the course of Kurdish liberation, the authors also question the gender ideologies that have been promoted amongst the wider Kurdish population. In line with these questions, this session considers the relevance of transnational feminism and the possibilities of developing feminist strategies within the limitations of the national imagination.