Diasporic Tradition as Curatorial Practice
In this talk, Nazan Bedirhanoglu reflects on the use of symbols and narratives as building blocks of the Kurdish diasporic identity and share insights about her field research on the Kurdish diaspora in the United States.
Kurds are denied their basic human rights in their home region, divided by Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and Syria, and struggle against the assimilation by their governments. Many Kurds see these governments as colonial powers, and they construct their identity with symbols and narratives defying inner-colonial rhetoric. Bedirhanoglu explores the production and representation of diasporic traditions through the use of these symbols and narratives in the making and recasting of a Kurdish identity away from home.
Nazan Bedirhanoglu is a Freedom Project Post-Doctoral fellow in the Political Science Department at Wellesley College. She is a 2019 Newhouse Center summer faculty fellow.
Apr 1, 4:30–6 PM
Apr 15, 4:30–6:30 PM, Apr 16, 12:45 PMThe Importance of Representation: Cinematic Offerings from AdeRisa Productions
Film screenings and discussions of the importance of representation in film and the opportunities independent films offer marginalized communities as they seek to tell their own stories.Event Date:Wednesday, April 15, 2020 -4:30pm to 6:30pmEvent Date:Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 12:45pm
Apr 10, 3–4 PM
Feb 20, 4 PMCan the U.S. Export the First Amendment?
New University in Exile Consortium scholars will address the question of whether U.S.-style freedom of speech is a viable model for countries such as China, Iran, and Turkey. Co-sponsored by the Provost’s Office.Event Date:Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 4:00pm