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Cengiz Gunes reads Öcalan on Kurdistan, Women’s Revolution and Democratic Confederalism”

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This year the Third World in Theory study group resumes its engagement with theoretical orientations towards the Third World within academia. The theme for the Study Group in 2019-20 is ‘Decolonising – Then and Now’. Decolonising the academia and academic curriculum has gained popularity in the UK and elsewhere in recent times with many universities setting up teaching and learning initiatives to decolonise their curriculum. Decolonising academia presupposes engagement with theories and histories that inform critique of colonialism and imperialism. In the academic year 2019-20 the Third World in Theory study group will revisit and analyse key classical texts by leading thinkers who have influenced national liberation struggles and map the transformations of ideas in more recent scholarship on colonialism.

Cengiz leads the discussion on Abdullah Öcalan’s political though. A profound and necessary reading bringing the Kurdish struggle to the academic discussion. Cengiz Gunes currently an Associate Lecturer and an Honorary Research Associate in Politics at the Open University, UK. His main research interests are in the areas of autonomy and the accommodation of minorities, peace and conflict studies, the Kurds in the Middle East, the international relations of the Middle East and Turkish politics.

Recommended reading: Abdullah Öcalan (2017). “The political thought of Abdullah Öcalan: Kurdistan, women's revolution and democratic confederalism.” Translated by Havin Guneser, London Pluto Press.

The Third World in Theory study group is open to all.

You can join TWT Reading Group accessing the LDC website: https://lawdevelopmentconflict.com/reading-group/

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