Kurdish Studies program at the Free University Berlin


Since 1993 we have organized several interdisciplinary lecture series at the Free University Berlin (FU) on Kurdish themes. In the academic year 1996/1997 we successfully convinced the university to establish a guest professor for Kurdish Studies in the FU Institute of Anthropology. The position was filled by Professor Martin van Bruinessen.

In 1998 we were awarded the FU Magherita-von-Brentano Prize for promoting gender research in Kurdish Studies research and teaching. In the academic year 1999/2000 the FU set up a new research position at the Institute of Iranian Studies. However, our goal of establishing Kurdish Studies as a regular field of study could not be achieved.