Mittwoch, 01. Oktober 2014, 18:30 - 20:00 iCal

Wednesday Seminar - Michael Gunter

The Challenges to Kurdish Studies: States, NGOs and Scholars in a Political Field

Michael Gunter, Professor of Political Science, Tenessee Tech University

Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie, Hörsaal A
Universitätsstraße 7, NIG 4. Stock, 1010 Wien


This talk examines the contribution to Kurdish Studies made by such American scholars or others who lived for many years in that country, ranging from political sciences and social anthropology to journalism. The research of scientists as Vera Beaudin Saeedpour, William O. Douglas, Dana Adams Schmidt, Merhdad Izady, Wadie Jwaideh, Edmund Ghareeb, Robert Olson, Michael Gunter, Henri Barkey, Najmaldin O. Karim, Mohammed M.A. Ahmed, Charles MacDonald, Nader Entessar, Brendan O’Leary, David Romano, Denise Natali, Nicole F. Watts, Diane King, Kirmanj Gundi, Janet Klein, Jonathan Randal, Aliza Marcus, and Quil Lawrence, will be discussed.

Furthermore the elaborations of associations and foundations like the Kurdish National Congress of North America, Washington Kurdish Institute, the Ahmed Foundation for Kurdish Studies, and Kurdish Studies Association will be scrutinized and important periodicals like The International Journal of Kurdish will be presented.

Michael M. Gunter is a professor of political science at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee where he teaches courses on international relations, international organizations, international law, American foreign policy, European politics, and American politics, among others. He is one of only two others who have won the two most prestigious faculty awards at his university: The Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching and the Outstanding Faculty Award in Research (The Caplenor Award). He is also the Secretary-General of the EU Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC) headquartered in Brussels. In the past he taught courses on international and comparative politics for many years during the summer at the International University in Vienna, as well as courses on Kurdish and Middle Eastern politics, among others, for the U.S. Government Areas Studies Program and U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Institute in Washington, D.C. He is the author of 11 critically praised scholarly books on the Kurdish question and co-editor (with Mohammed M. A. Ahmed) of three more books on the Kurds, among others. He has also published numerous scholarly articles on the Kurds and many other issues in such leading scholarly periodicals as the Middle East Journal, Middle East Policy, Middle East Quarterly, Critique: Critical Middle Eastern Studies, Orient, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Maghreb Review, American Journal of International Law, International Organization, World Affairs, Journal of International Affairs (Columbia University), Brown Journal of World Affairs, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Current History, Third World Quarterly, International Journal of Turkish Studies, Insight Turkey, Turkish Studies, Terrorism: An International Journal, and Arms Control, among numerous others. He was a former Senior Fulbright Lecturer in International Relations in Turkey and also has held Fulbright awards for China and Israel. He has been interviewed about the Kurdish question on numerous occasions by the international and national press. His most recent book is Out of Nowhere: The Kurds of Syria in Peace and War, London: Hurst Publications, 2014.

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Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie


Mag. Marie-Therese Hartwig
Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie