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The Conference Science for Society - Revolutionary Political Thought of Kurdistan – 8.-12.4.2024

We are announcing the Conference of Science for Society, which will take place in Ljubljana and Koper (Slovenia) between April 8 and 12, and at which we will talk about the revolutionary political thought of Kurdistan.

The Kurdish people live divided between four Middle Eastern countries whose borders were drawn by colonialism. Women's protests in Iran, the revolution in Rojava (Syria), the movement for local self-government in Turkey are just some of the materializations of their political thought, which is based on community democracy, ecology, and the radical liberation of women, which the movement understands as the vanguard of the 21st century.

The central political thinker of the Kurdish Freedom Movement, Abdullah Öcalan, has been imprisoned in solitary confinement on the prison island of Imrali in Turkey for 25 years, from where he publishes - in the form of court defenses - a new political paradigm that is not only aimed at the liberation of Kurdistan, the path to peace, and a democratic solution for the Middle East, but it also offers a method through which societies around the world can find answers to pressing social problems.

Thus, part of these efforts is also a deep revaluation of science, which tries to answer the question of what kind of social science should be to contribute to radical social changes, instead of serving as a tool of oppression and exploitation.

The international conference will host both foreign and domestic lecturers. There will be a series of short lectures, as well as in-depth seminars, including on women's science - Jineolojî. There will be speakers from Kurdistan and round tables on the problems of the neoliberal academy, imprisoned political thinkers and the current international situation with a focus on Palestine, Kurdistan and the Balkans.

In cooperation with: Journal for Critique of Science, List of Democratic Students, Academy of Democratic Modernity, ŠSD Sociopathy, ŠSD SocioKlub, Center for Political Theory, Independent Coastal Radio

Conference program:

Monday, April 8, Koper, Faculty of Humanities

18:00-20:30 – Lecture – lecture hall Burja 1

What kind of science do we need to get out of multiple crises?: Abdullah Öcalan and the liberation thought of Kurdistan

  • Academy of Democratic Modernity and Socialist Reading Circle

Tuesday, April 9, Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences

10:00-13:00 – Seminar – lecture hall 7

The necessity of science for society and intellectual revolutions: Öcalan's Sociology of Freedom

  • Reimer Heider (in English)

13:00-14:00 – Lunch

16:00-18:00 – Round table – lecture hall 7

Current political situation in Kurdistan

  • Reporting from Rojava & Reimar Heider (in English)

Wednesday, April 10, Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts

10:00-13:00 – Seminar – space at Faculty of Arts to be announced

What is Jineolojî?

  • Sarah Marcha from the Jineolojî Center (in English)

16.00-18.00 – Round table – lecture hall 233

Between emancipatory science and neoliberal academia

  • Beja Protner, Anja Zalta, Sarah Marcha

Thursday, April 11, Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences

9:00-12:00 – Series of short discussions – lecture hall 23

Dialogues with Öcalan

  1. Žiga Brdnik – Live science, think life: Liberation from scientistic dogmatism
  2. Peter Korošec – Beyond national liberation: A guide to internationalism in the 21st century
  3. Brina Jeretina & Lori Šramel Čebular – Radical love as rebellion
  4. Luka Hreščak – Perspectives of two socialist youth: PKK and ZKJ.
  5. Gaj Kolšek – Tasks of the youth

12.00-13.30 – Lunch

13:30-14:15 – Lecture – lecture hall 20

Revolutionary time in survival spaces: Friendship and communal life among political refugees from Turkey and Northern Kurdistan in Greece

  • Beja Protner

14.15-16.00 – Round table – lecture hall 20

Closed political though

  • Cirila Toplak, Andrej Kurnik, Žiga Vodovnik

17.00 – Talk/Workshop – lecture hall 20

Palestine, Kurdistan, Yugoslavia: Democratic Nation as a response to Balkanization / Lebanonization

  • Academy of Democratic Modernity & Conference Organizing Committee

Friday, April 12, Ljubljana, PLAC (Linhartova 43)

18:00-20:00 – Discussion

Internationalism and the world political situation

21.00 – Concert

Below the Roots (Balkan folk) & Grunt (Ethno rock)

*Lectures will be held in Slovenian and English, interpretation in both languages will be provided.
** Hours and schedule of events are subject to change.