The PKK, Kurdish Nationalism and the Future of Turkey, 7 November 2013: Conference Program

International Conference
The PKK, Kurdish Nationalism and the Future of Turkey
Thursday November 7, 2013
VIRGINIA TECH NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION
1021 PRINCE STREET ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314
RSVP IS REQUIRED:
Tel: 202-378-8606
Organized and Sponsored by
OPENING REMARKS BY KEMAL SILAY, INDIANA UNIVERSITY-BLOOMINGTON 
PANEL – 1:
Kurdish Nationalism and Imperial Legacy
8:30 – 10:00 AM
Moderator: Gerard Toal, Virginia Tech
Perception of Identity among the Kurds in Turkey, Iraq and Iran – Derya Berk (Rutgers University)
De Facto States and the Independence Question: Is Iraqi Kurdistan an Exception? – Zheger Hassan (University of Western Ontario)
Europe’s Kurdish Diaspora as Bellwether – Vera Eccarius-Kelly (Siena College)
The Evolution of Kurdish Nationalism within the Turkish State Discourse – İnci Aksu Kargın (Indiana University, Bloomington)
PANEL – 2: Room – I
Young Academicians and Kurdish Nationalism
10:30 – 12:00 AM
Moderator: Tuğrul Keskin, Portland State University
Modernization, Religiosity, and Ethno-nationalism of the Kurds in Turkey – Keri Hughes (California State University – Long Beach)
From Juba to Erbil: The Growth of Cross-­Continental Consciousness – Evan Fowler (John Hopkins University)
Foundational Mythology and The Discursive Construction of Terrorism in the PKK – Selim Can Sazak (Columbia University)
Political Mobilization Theory, Syrian Kurds and PKK – Wladimir van Wilgenburg  (The JamestownFoundation)
PANEL – 3: Room – II
Kurdish Nationalism in Contemporary Turkey
10:30 AM – 12 :00 PM
Moderator: Birol Yeşilada, Portland State University
Emergence of Kurdish Nationalist Movement: From Social Movement Theories Perspective –  Rahman Dağ (Exeter University)
The “Arab Spring” and the Kurdish Community: An Analysis of the Kurdish Movement in Turkey in the Aftermath of the Arab Revolutions – Tülin Şen  (King’s CollegeLondon)
Language and Nation Building: The History of Kurdish in Turkey – Engin Gülbey (Ankara Strategic Institute)
Evolution of Turkish Nationalism and the Changing Nature of Kurdish Problem – Salim Çevik (Ipek University)
PANEL – 4: Room -I
PKK and Kurdish Nationalism
1:30 – 3:30 PM
Moderator: Birol Yeşilada, Portland State University 
US Policies and PKK’s New Situation  – Deniz Tansi (Yeditepe University)
The PKK and Kurdish Movement in the 1970s – Ahmet Hamdi Akkaya (Ghent University)
Turkey’s War on Terror: A Comparison of Applied Strategies in Dealing with the PKK –  Doğan Koç  (GülenInstitute-University of Houston)
The PKK Problem: Turkey’s Incapacity to Solve It – Birol Başkan (Georgetown University- School of Foreign Service in Qatar)
PANEL -5: Room -II
The Kurds and the Future of Turkey
1:30 – 3:30 PM
Moderator: Joshua Hendrick (Loyola University ofMaryland)
Understanding the “Kurdish Question”: an ethnographic case study in Yüksekova Tahir Abbas (Fatih University) and İsmail Hakkı Yiğit (Mississippi State University)
‘Prepared for Peace, Ready for War’? Context and Challenges of the Current Peace Process – Edel Hughes (University of EastLondon)
An Ethnographic Account of the Compulsory Public Service of Doctors in Hakkari: The Limits of the JDP’s Assimilation Strategy and the Production of Space – İlker Cörüt (Central European University)
Imperialism and Kurdish Nationalism in Turkish Press – Begümşen Ergenekon (Middle East Technical University)
PANEL -6:
The Kurds and the Future of Turkey
4:00 – 6:00 PM
Moderator: Kemal Silay, Indiana University,Bloomington
Managing Violent Conflicts of Mesopotamia through Regionalism: Emergence of Kurdish Sphere as a Game Changing Actor for Contestation and Peace Process – Haluk Baran Bingöl (Kennesaw State University)
Negotiations Between Pro-Islamic Government and Öcalan, the PKK Question for Turkey – Ali Kemal Özcan (Tunceli University)
The AKP’s Kurdish“Closing” – Elif Genç (York University)
From the Right for Independence to the Claims for Territorial Autonomy: The Kurdish Questions in Turkey – Maya Arakon (SüleymanŞah University)
The Correlates of Kurdish ethno-nationalism in Turkey: A more definitive test – Faruk Ekmekçi (Ipek University)
DINNER: 7:30 – 10:00 PM
BY INVITATION ONLY
INDIGO LANDING RESTAURANT
ONE MARINA DRIVE 
ALEXANDRIA, VA   |  22314
ORGANIZERS:
Kemal Silay, Professor of Turkish Language and Literature; Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies Endowed Chair Professor; Director, Turkish Language Flagship Center; Director, Turkish Studies Program Indiana University
Gerard Toal, Professor of Government and International Affairs. Director of the Government and International Affairs program; Virginia Tech
Tuğrul Keskin, Assistant Professor of International and Middle East Studies; Affiliated Faculty of Black Studies Sociology, and Turkish Studies; Portland State University
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About Gerard Toal

I am an Irish born DC based Political Geographer researching territorial conflicts and the dynamics of geopolitical competition in post-Communist Europe.
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