New World Academy V: Stateless Democracy
Second Public Session: Presentation of the reader Stateless Democracy and Lecture by Havin Güneşer
May 30th 2015, 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 May 30th 2015, the second public study session of the fifth New World Summit took place in collaboration with the Kurdish Women’s Movement. In cultural center de Balie in Amsterdam the reader Stateless Democracy was presented with a lecture of Havin Güneşer.
Lecturers: Havin Güneşer
Chair: Jolle Demmers, Center for Conflictstudies, Utrecht University