New World Academy V: Stateless Democracy
First Public Session
October 21st, 2014, De Balie Amsterdam
The Kurdish Women’s Movement advancing in parallel to the rise of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which waged armed struggle against the Turkish state from 1979 on due to the severe repression of Kurdish cultural and political representation and in demand of an independent state for the Kurdish people. The Kurdish Women’s Movement opposes both the repression of the Turkish State as well as what they consider the patriarchal dimensions of the demand for an independent Kurdish nation-state. Analyzing the role of women as the first colonized class in history and supported by PKK founder Abdullah Öcalan, they defend the idea of democratic confederalism: essentially democracy without the state.
Stateless Democracy is an ongoing series of public studies in which the political ideas of the Kurdish Women’s Movement and its principles of self-governance, decentralization, gender equality, cultural co-existence and social ecology are examined. Currently, the Kurdish Women’s Movement has a central organizing role in the northern region of Syria, Rojava. The Kurdish revolutionary forces, in collaboration with many different peoples from the region, declared Rojava autonomous from Assad’s regime in 2012 and are currently engaged in an ongoing fight against the militant Islamic State. The unique new political model being constructed here diverges fully from the dominant global statist paradigm and challenges artists, musicians and writers from the region and abroad to rethink their cultural imaginary in relation to this political imaginary of a new world.
On October 21st 2014 the first public study with the Kurdish Women’s Movement took place in cultural center de Balie in Amsterdam.
Lecturers: Dilar Dirik (Kurdish Women’s Movement), Dilşah Osman (Kurdish Democratic Society Congress in Europe, KCD-E), Joost Jongerden (University of Wageningen), Jasper Blom (GroenLinks), Jolle Demmers (Centre for Conflict Studies, Utrecht University)