Events

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign organises events and meetings as part of its political and solidarity work.  You can find information on our events here, as well as related events held by other organisations from London and across the country.

 

Monday 8 December, 5pm – 7pm
Book launch: The Education System in Pakistan: Discrimination and the Targeting of the ‘Other’
The book examines the nature of discrimination and the targeting of ‘Others’ in Pakistan, particularly within the educational sphere. A multitude of inter-linked themes are explored, including the politics of educational ‘instruction'; the status of girls education in Pakistan; the nature of the targeting of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Christians, Hindus, Baloch and ‘Others’. Twelve authors have contributed essays to this book. Some of the contributors will be speaking at the launch, including: Desmond Fernandes (Genocide Scholar); Faiz Baluch (International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons); Margaret Owen (Director of Widows for Peace through Democracy); Ranbir Singh (Chair of the Hindu Human Rights Group); Fareed Ahmad (National Secretary, External Affairs, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK); Ghalib Lone (former UN legal analyst); Asif Shakoor; Wilson Chowdhry (Chair of BPCA)
Venue: Committee Room 18, the House of Commons, Westminster, London (Nearest Underground: Westminster). Organised by the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA). All welcome! For further information, please contact Wilson Chowdhry: Tel: 0208 5140861 Email: admin@britishpakistanichristians.org

Saturday 13th December, 2–5pm
Seminar: Gender, Fundamentalism and the New Politics in the Middle East
Nira Yuval-Davis, CMRB, UEL: Some of the gendered aspects of the Israeli/Palestinian current encounters
Zahra Ali, EHESS: Women’s Political Activism in Post-2003 Iraq: dealing with sectarian violence and political crisis
Sara Khan, Inspire #Makingastand: Challenging fundamentalist’s erosion of women’s rights
Magdulein Abaida: Title TBC
Venue: G3, Main Building, SOAS, London, WC1H 0XG. The event is free but space is limited so please reserve a place at: gfnpme.eventbrite.co.uk. For more info on CMRB: uel.ac.uk/cmrb and facebook.com/CMRBuel. For more info on Centre for Gender Studies: http://www.soas.ac.uk/genderstudies/. Hosted by The University of East London’s CMRB (Centre for research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging) and SOAS’ Centre for Gender Studies.

Saturday 13 December, 2-6pm
Institutional Islamophobia Conference
This high-profile conference on Islamophobia will bring together some of the issue’s leading luminaries. Organised by the Islamic Human Rights Commission the gathering will explore and suggest responses to the alarming rise of Islamophobia in them UK. The focus of the event is to analyse institutional and structural forms of prejudice and hatred with some focus on recent events, particularly in education, political activism, the criminalisation of dissent, the role of the media and the UK government’s anti-terrorist Prevent agenda. Speakers include:

* Hatem Bazian – Co-founder of Zaytuna College, UC Berkeley
* Malia Bouattia – Black Students’ Officer at the National Union of Students
* Marie Breen-Smythe – author and academic, University of Surrey
* Ramon Grosfoguel – Author and academic, UC Berkeley
* Les Levidow – Campaign Against Criminalising Communities and Jews for
Boycotting Israeli Goods; Open University
* Richard Haley – Chair of Scotland Against Criminalising Communities
* Arzu Merali – Director of Research at Islamic Human Rights Commission
* Peter Oborne – Chief political commentator of the Daily Telegraph and
associate editor of the Spectator
* Salman Sayyid – Author and academic, University of Leeds
* AbdoolKarim Vakil – Chair of the Research and Documentation Committee of
the Muslim Council of Britain, King’s College London
* Lee Jasper – Co Chair of Black Activists Rising Against Cuts & National
Black Members Officer for the Respect Party
Venue: Rooms MAL 414 and 415, Birkbeck University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX. Nearest tube stations: Russell Square (Piccadilly line); Goodge Street (Northern line); Euston Square (Metropolitan line). For more information, or to attend please contact the Press Office and speak to Nadia on +44 20 8904 4222 or email nadia@ihrc.org.

Sunday 14 December, 12 – 5pm
Rojava: Stateless Democracy & Democratic Autonomy – a Plan C infoday
Come to this info day organised by Plan C to hear from comrades who have recently returned from the Kurdish region and what we maybe able to learn. The social revolution in Rojava involves a radical interpretation of participative democracy, one combined with anarchist and libertarian socialist perspectives. Priority has been placed on developing strong autonomous social institutions and bringing gender to the centre of analysis and daily practice. It is a living example of the kind of changes we think are necessary and that we wish to see.
Programme:
12noon: Shorts Films / Docs
1pm: Lunch
2pm: Rojava – the origins of the revolution
3pm: Eyewitness reports
4pm: How far is Rojava from London? What can we learn from the experiences of struggle in Rojava and our struggles in London.
5pm: Small bar / call for donations
Venue: Common House – Unit 5E Pundersons Gardens Bethnal Green, London E2 9QG. More information here.

Wednesday 17 December, 6pm
“A Federation that Never was: Erbil and Baghdad the End of Federalism”
Speaker: Dr Sardar Aziz. The relationship between Bagdad and Erbil was never ideal. Lately it reached its lowest point. How these two centers of power connect, relate and compete within the Iraqi territory. Nominally a federation arranges Erbil and Baghdad; while in reality the two are related in the balance of power mode of relationship. Thus power is the essence of the relationship rather than a constitutional arrangement. Power is inherently instable. Some argue that ‘the federal government had been “disembowelled,” creating not a federation but an unworkable confederation’. Expanding on this argument I stress that federation hampers the KRG’s growth and stability. What the KRG requires is more and more sovereignty over land, natural resources, use of force and diplomacy. In response Iraq is stiffing on more centralist. If within the federal arrangement Kurds has the rights to govern but not to be the sovereign, now their economic development and the phase of their identity, requires them to have no choice but to demand more sovereignty. The two cities not only represent two different regions and ethnicities but they also vary in their patterns of economic growths, identities, and governing.
Venue: Djam Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG. Organised by London Kurdish Institute and KSSO. Organised by London Kurdish Institute and KSSO.