New World Summit: Stateless Democracy
29-31 January 2016
Utrecht, The Netherlands
Stateless Democracy as Transnational Revolution
Kurdish Women's Movement
Stateless democracy has been developed and brought into practice in two parts of Kurdistan, Bakûr and Rojava. Progressive political parties, libertarian-socialist organizations, and social movements from all over the world have been following its developments as a potential alternative to the dominant model of western capitalist-democracy. Could the theory and practice of stateless democracy be a paradigm for a new emancipatory politics on a transnational scale?
Dilar Dirik is an activist of the Kurdish Women’s Movement and a PhD candidate in the Sociology Department of the University of Cambridge. Her work examines the role of women’s liberation in articulating and building freedom in Kurdistan. The Kurdish Women’s Movement has been prominent from the early days of the Kurdish resistance. Rejecting the state as a patriarchal, imperialist and capitalist construct, the women’s movement and their development of Jineology (a women-centered science paradigm) formed a key factor in developing the philosophy and practice of stateless democracy in Bakûr and Rojava. She regularly writes on the Kurdish freedom movement for the international audience.
Block III was chaired by Radha D'Souza.
Radha D’Souza is an academic, Indian lawyer, social justice campaigner, writer, critic and commentator. D’Souza has worked with social justice movements in India, New Zealand, the Asia Pacific region, the UK and internationally. D’Souza is from India and currently teaches law at the Westminster Law School in the University of Westminster in London. She has published academic articles, books, essays, commentaries and short stories. She has contributed articles in newspapers, magazines and activist platforms. She has been interviewed on mainstream TV channels, radio stations and magazines. And has taught in several disciplines including Sociology, Development Studies and Human Geography. Before joining the academy D’Souza practiced as a lawyer in Mumbai in India specialising in constitutional and human rights law and public interest litigation. Recently, she participated in the Kurdish congress for alternatives and collaborated with Paloma Polo in a film project titled Unrest. Her most recent book titled What’s Wrong With Rights?: Social Movements, Law and Liberal Imaginations will be published by Pluto Press in 2016.
The New World Summit: Stateless Democracy took place in the aula of the Utrecht University in Utrecht, The Netherlands and was organized in collaboration with BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht; University Utrecht, Utrecht; Centraal Museum, Utrecht; and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization, Brussels/The Hague.