Justice and Autonomy Quests in Kurdistan
Funded by Joyce Pearce Junior Research Fellowship
This project maps layers of statelessness and self-determination in Kurdistan by focusing on refugee communities and camps that organise themselves along the Kurdish freedom movement’s notion of ‘democratic autonomy’. These include autonomously-organised camps in various regions of the Middle East, as well as a community in Greece. What can we learn about democracy concepts by looking at practices of refugee self-determination that seek to transcend the nation-state? A second aspect of the project examines Kurdish women’s quests for justice in the aftermath of episodes of large-scale political violence. Drawing on feminist ideas around transformative justice, it reviews the ways in which women in the region define their means of political action between ‘NGO-ization’ and system change. The ethnographic fieldwork for this project had to be delayed due to COVID-19 and new episodes of violence in the region.