Education Program

21 October 2014

New World Academy #5: Stateless Democracy: The Revolution in Rojava Kurdistan

Stateless Democracy: The Revolution in Rojava Kurdistan is the inaugural conference of the fifth edition of New World Academy (NWA).

This conference discusses the current Kurdish resistance in Kobanê, Rojava against ISIS. With help of representatives from the Kurdish movement as well as specialists in the field, it explores the politics and culture of Rojava and the reasons behind the formation and growth of the self-proclaimed Islamic State. The question as to what and how the international community and civil society can help is also addressed—not only to stop ISIS, but more crucially, to support a movement from within the region that is offering a new democratic horizon from which the world can learn.

Keynote speakers include: Dilşah Osman (co-president of the Kurdish Democratic Society Congress in Europe, KCD-E), Dilar Dirik (PhD researcher and activist of the Kurdish Women’s Movement, Cambridge), and Joost Jongerden (researcher and specialist of the Kurdish Movement, Wageningen University), with further contributions by Jolle Demmers (co-founder of the Centre for Conflict Studies, Utrecht University, Utrecht), Dilan Yezilgoz-Zegerius (former Amnesty International specialist on Turkey and council member of the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy, ** ** VVD), Jasper Blom (scientific bureau of the Green Party, GroenLinks), Golrokh Nafisi (artist), and Jonas Staal (artist and founder of the New World Summit, Rotterdam).

The inaugural conference of [NWA #5] is organized by a collaborative alliance between BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht; Centre for Conflict Studies, Utrecht University, Utrecht; and De Balie, Amsterdam.

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Education Program

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Course: Art as Politics [rerun]

Due to popular demand, BAK Public Studies offers yet another rerun of the online course Art as Politics, taking place on the following dates: 15, 18, 22, 25, 29 March & 1 April 2021. This digital extension of BAK Public Studies, taught by Maria Hlavajova, is prompted by the urgency to continue collective thinking through, learning about, and imagining critical, politically-informed artistic practices that grasp—and intervene into—the present.
Deadline applications: 3 March. Deadline feewaivers: 23 February.

Assembly and Public Forum

Collaboration and Open call

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Manifesting Systemic Change through Creative Waves

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Conversation

16 December 2020, 19.00-21.00

Practicing Tactical Solidarities II: A Roundtable on Mutual Aid, Emergency, and Continuous Care

This locally-focused second edition of Practicing Tactical Solidarities: A Roundtable on Mutual Aid, Emergency, and Continuous Care features artists, organizers, and activists working in Utrecht, many of whom are current BAK Fellows. While addressing changing needs and urgencies in the protracted pandemic reality and its overlapping and related crises, the conversation contends with tactics and lessons in creating mutual aid networks, lasting support systems, and emergency care.