Contextualizing Kurdish gender studies decolonial feminist knowledge production and the genesis of the Kurdish Gender Studies Network

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Acik, N., Kutlay-Sarikaya, B., Ghaderi, F. and Kilicaslan, G. 2023. Contextualizing Kurdish gender studies decolonial feminist knowledge production and the genesis of the Kurdish Gender Studies Network. Kurdish Studies Journal. 1 (1-2), pp. 255-284. https://doi.org/10.1163/29502292-00101012
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TitleContextualizing Kurdish gender studies decolonial feminist knowledge production and the genesis of the Kurdish Gender Studies Network
AuthorsAcik, N., Kutlay-Sarikaya, B., Ghaderi, F. and Kilicaslan, G.
Abstract

Established in 2020, the Kurdish Gender Studies Network (KGSN) is an online epistemic community that brings together activists and scholars dedicated to advancing knowledge in Kurdish gender and sexuality studies. This paper aims to introduce the network to a larger public while situating the formation of the KGSN in relation to the growth of Kurdish gender studies (KGS), and the increasing influence of women and queer scholars in Kurdish studies (KS) since 2010. It highlights that both KGSN and KS have been greatly influenced by the conditions shaped by the colonial legacy surrounding Kurdistan and the Kurdish issue while discussing the ways in which Kurdish women’s and gender studies were often marginalized in KS. As Kurdish women scholars and members of the network’s steering committee, we position the trajectory of the network and the evolution of KGS within the broader framework of knowledge production in colonial contexts and address the ongoing struggle to decolonize feminist knowledge production, which, historically, has been dominated by Western-centric epistemologies and methodologies.

KeywordsKurdish gender studies; Kurdish women; decolonial feminism; decolonial knowledge production; epistemic violence; solidarity networks
Sustainable Development Goals5 Gender equality
Middlesex University ThemeCreativity, Culture & Enterprise
Research GroupDiversity and Gender group
LanguageEnglish
PublisherBrill
JournalKurdish Studies Journal
ISSN2950-2306
Electronic2950-2292
Publication dates
Online15 Dec 2023
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Accepted20 Nov 2023
Deposited02 Feb 2024
Output statusPublished
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1163/29502292-00101012
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