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    Meeting with scholars from Mardin Artuklu University

    The Section of Kurdish Studies of the Institute of Oriental Studies Jagiellonian University has pleasure to invite you for the meeting with academics from Mardin Artuklu University
    May 18, 5.00 p.m. Institute of Oriental Studies, Mickiewicza Street 3, room 404

  • New (double) issue of our bulletin

    We have pleasure to present the new issue of our bulletin Fritillaria Kurdica. Bulletin of Kurdish Studies No. 11-12, which is available under the link Current double issue of our bulletin is published in English and Polish languages. We present two English articles and a Polish translation of interviews taken in July 2015 with representatives of Kurdish cultural institutions in Turkey. All the articles are part of the research project.

  • Call for abstract to our International Conference

    The conference: Uncovering The Past Towards the Future, Uniting Experiences and Values.Kurdistan in Western and Eastern Research Tradition will take part in 24-26.10.2016 in Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland. The conference will be held in memory of August Kościesza-Żaba, the Polish-Russian diplomat and researcher and Mela Mahmud Bayazidi the Kurdish clergyman who according to Żaba “was his teacher and collaborator” in collecting, translating and commenting on Kurdish texts. We invite presentation ins English, Kurdish and Russian languages.

  • New book on Religions of Kurds in Polish

    We have a pleasure to present a new book published in Polish language:

    Karol Kaczorowski. Religie Kurdów - jezydyzm, Ahl-e Haqq, alewizm. Katowice: Sacrum 2015.

    You can see more details in the section of our website devoted to Kurdish Studies in Poland.

  • Our project in Rudaw TV

    Dr Joanna Bocheńska, director of the project "How to make a voice audible? Continuity and change of Kurdish culture and social reality in postcolonial perspective"(www.kurdishstudies.pl),orking in the Department of Iranian Studies in the  Institute of Oriental Studies of Jagiellonian University (Kraków), have recently been a guest in Kawa Emin's "Hevpeyivin" (interview) program in Kurdish television channel Rudaw. Dr Bocheńska have spoken (in a sorani dialect of Kurdish language) on the topic of long history of Kurdish-Polish relations and both traditions and current projects connected with Kurdish Studies in Poland. She visited the studio of Rudaw during her stay in Autonomous Kurdistan Region in Iraq (Southern Kurdistan) where she participated in Gelawej culture festival in Suleymaniya during October 18-24th. The program was emitted on Tuesday 12.1.2015, it is available through the following link.

     

  • Report and photos from the last field research

    We are pleased to present you a report from the scientific expedition to Northern Kurdistan, held in April, 2015, composed of participants from Poland, Belgium, Germany and Northern Kurdistan. The report was prepared by Mr Krzysztof Lalik who thanks Ms Olga Sewiłło and Mr Oskar Podlasiński for their contribution in collecting all relevant information about the expedition. Report is available in Articles section. By cliking on following URL-links you can read the first, second and third part of the report and photos in the gallery.

  • Photos from the last conference available

    Here in gallery we are presenting photos from the conference 'Kurdistan and its inhabitants: perspectives of research', held in Kraków in October, 26-27, 2015

  • New issue of our bulletin

    We have pleasure to present the new issue of our bulletin Fritillaria Kurdica. Bulletin of Kurdish Studies no. 10, which is available under the link. In the 10th issue of our bulletin we present the Polish translation by Dorota Słapa of selected poems and short stories written by Kurds in Persian from Kurdistan and Iran.

  • I know my rights project meeting in Kraków

    Section of Kurdish Studies of Jagiellonian University organised a three-day Kraków meeting of the project Ez mafe xwe dizanim (I Know My Rights) dedicated to support Kurdish youths in Turkey. The project is finances in the scope of Erasmus Plus program and is administared by the Kurdish Institute in Brussel and engage to other institutions Pro-Humanitate (Germany) and Kurdi - Der (Turkey). Please see our gallery of the meeting.

  • Sculptures by Seywan Saeedian

    We would like to invite you to the Seywan Saeedian's studio in Diyarbakir where his sculptures are presented. Seywan is a Kurdish artist born in Mahabad. He studied in Tehran, then moved to Erbil (Iraqi Kurdistan). Now he is living and working in Diyarbakir (North Kurdistan, Turkey). The pictures were taken in summer 2015 by Joanna Bocheńska and are availablein our gallery.

  • New issue of our bulletin

    We have pleasure to present the new issue of our bulletin Fritillaria Kurdica. Bulletin of Kurdish Studies no. 9, which is available under the link.

  • New issue of our bulletin

    We have pleasure to present the new issue of Fritillaria Kurdica. Bulletin of Kurdish Studies no. 7-8. This time it is multilingual and consists of articles in English, Russian and Kurdish (Sorani). The bulletin is available under the link, down the page, in pdf form.

  • Photographic Journey Among The Kurds in Warsaw

    We have pleasure to invite you for the photo exhibition by Chris Kutschera entitled Photographic Journey Among The Kurds. 40 years of history in images which will take place at the Warsaw University, between 05.03-30.03.2015, Auditorium Maximum, Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28. The exhibition is organized in the scope of the research project How to make a voice audible? Continuity and change of Kurdish culture and of social reality in postcolonial perspectives financed by National Science Centre of Poland.

  • Another new book

    We have pleasure to present another book on Kurdish issue published in Polish language:

     

    Renata Kurpiewska-Korbut, Społeczność międzynarodowa wobec Kurdów irackich (The International Community Towards the Iraqi Kurds), Księgarnia Akademicka 2014

  • I know my rights

    Section of Kurdish Studies of Jagiellonian University will take part in the project Ez mafe xwe dizanim (I Know My Rights) dedicated to support Kurdish youths in Turkey. The project is finances in the scope of Erasmus Plus program and is administared by the Kurdish Institute in Brussel and engage to other institutions Pro-Humanitate (Germany) and Kurdi - Der (Turkey). The start-up meeting took part in October in Brussel. We invite you for the project's blog which aim is to collect ideas and experiences on how to develop Kurdish cultural and language rights in Turkey.

  • New book

    We have pleasure to present a new book published in Polish language:

     

    Marcin Rzepka, Konfesyjność przekładu. Kulturowa historia kurdyjskich tłumaczeń Biblii (Cultural History of the Bible Translations into Kurdish Language), UPJPII, Kraków 2013

  • Nomination for Kurdish fairy tales

    The Kurdish Fairy Tales published in Polish translation by Joanna Bocheńska (Opowieści Dengbeżów. Baśnie i bajki kurdyjskie ze zbiorów rodziny Celil, Namas Poznań 2014) and illustrated by Paulina Krajewska were nominated for the book of the year award of Polish Section of IBBY (International Board on Books for Youngsters) in the category of best illustrations.

  • Kurdish Literature. Between Borders, Past and Modernity

    We have pleasure to invite you for the international seminar entitled Kurdish Literature. Between Borders, Past and Modernity wich will be held in Michał Bobrzyński Hall of Collegium Maius on October 21.

  • Photographic Journey Among The Kurds

    We have pleasure to invite you for the photo exhibition by Chris Kutschera entitled Photographic Journey Among The Kurds. 40 years of history in images which will take place in the Kraków Public Library at Rajska street, between 16.10.-10.11.2014. The exhibition is organized in the scope of the research project How to make a voice audible? Continuity and change of Kurdish culture and of social reality in postcolonial perspectives financed by National Science Centre of Poland.

     

  • Solidarity with Kobani

    Along with Kurdish Studies Network we call for action to support Kobani in Rojava (Western Kurdistan/Syria).

    The humanitarian crisis caused by the Islamic State (IS) continues to terrorize and displace hundreds of thousands of people in the Middle East. The autonomous canton of Kobani is now bearing the brunt of the IS’s attacks as the international community has mostly been watching. The city has been under siege for three weeks. Despite fierce resistance by the defenders of the town, the advance of the IS forces towards Kobani is threatening to set off another massacre similar to that of Shengal. As scholars working on issues related to the Kurds and other peoples of Kurdistan, we are profoundly concerned about yet another imminent humanitarian crisis and stand in solidarity with the people of Kobani. We urgently call on the coalition forces against the IS and the broader international community to take immediate action to prevent an impending disaster by supporting the Kurds in their fight for self-defense.

  • Frittilaria Kurdica. Bulletin of Kurdish Studies no.6

    The new issue of our bulletin has been published. This time it is devoted to contemporary Kurdish poetry.

  • Estetîk û etîk

    Estetîk û etîk. Dîmena exlaqî ya edebiyata nûjên (Aesthetic and Ethic. The Ethic Dimention of Modern Literature) the seminar of dr Joanna Bocheńska will take place in Diyarbakir's Ikinci Yeni cafe on Sunday 13th of July, at 9 p. m.

  • Frittilaria Kurdica. Bulletin of Kurdish Studies no.5

    We have pleasure to present the new issue of our e-zine Frittilaria Kurdica.Bulletin of Kurdish Studies no. 5. This time it consists of Polish and Kurdish language articles which are the result of our reaserch project. The e-zin is available here.

  • Kurdish Fairy Tales in Polish Translation

    Kurdish fairy tales from Calils' family archive has been published in Polish translation by Joanna Bocheńska with illustrations by Paulina Krajewska. The book was translated in the scope of Małopolska Regional Agency Knowledge and Practice project (2011) and published by Namas Publishing Hause with the support of Jagiellonian University (Faculty of Philology). It is the the first direct translation from Kurdish (Kurmanji dialect) to Polish which has been published as a book. The fairy tales consist of preface, footnotes and notes on Kurdish storytellers as well as of illustrations. This way they are adressed both for reserchers and young readers.

  • Fritillaria Kurdica. Bulletin of Kurdish Studies. no. 3,4

    We have pleasure to present the new - 3 and 4 - issue of our Kurdish Studies Bulletin.

    It is available here

  • Art and Artists in Northern Kurdistan

    Section of Kurdish Studies of Jagiellonian University and The Regional Public Library in Kraków would like to invite you to the presentation by Bariş Seyitvan Li Bakurê Kurdistanê Huner û Hunermend (Art and Artists in Northern Kurdistan) which will take place on Wenesday, 26 March 2014, 17.00 in the Arteteka building of The Regional Public Library in Kraków Rajska 12

  • New issue of our bulletin

    The second number of our Bulletin of Kurdish Studies has been published. The second issue is devoted to the contemporary Kurdish literature. This time it is adressed to the Polish reader because it consists of Polish translations of Kurdish stories and poems done by Joanna Bocheńska.

  • Promotion of the book

    We have the pleasure to invite you for the promotion of the book by Andrzej Pisowicz, Andrzej Bartczak and Farhang Muhammad Gramatyka kurdyjska sorani, wariant używany w Erbilu (Grammar of Sorani Kurdish spoken in Erbil) published by Księgarnia Akademicka (Kraków 2012). The meeting will be held in the Kurdish Center for Information and Documentation on the 11th of December.

     

  • Our research project in Stêrk TV

    On the 8th of December dr Joanna Bocheńska took part in the Hassan Ghazi's Rawêj Program of the Kurdish Stêrk TV based in Brussel. In the one hour Kurdish language talk show she talked about the history of Kurdish studies in Poland and about the research project How to Make a Voice Audible? Continuity and Changes of Kurdish Culture and of Social Reality in the Postcolonial Perspectives.

  • Seminar and Kurdish language lessons

    In new academic year 2013/1014 we invite You for our seminars: Kurdish Studies in Postcolonial Perspective and Kurdish (Sorani) lessons.

  • First Issue of our Bulletin

    The first issue of our bulletin Fritillaria Kurdica. Bulletin of Kurdish Studies has been published.

  • Door to Paradise

    Iraqi Kurdistan From a Different Perspective

    Photography exhibition

    by Joanna Bocheńska

    Jagiellonian University Museum, 21.03.-30.04.3013

     

  • with Kurdish (Dimili) writer Deniz Gündüz

    Our research trip to Kurdistan

    Between June 19 and July 27, 2013 we were in Kurdistan conducting our research in Diyarbakir, Mardin, Bazit (Doğubayazıt), Istanbul (Turkey) and Hawlêr/Erbil (Iraq).

  • Seminar

    Kurdish Studies in Postcolonial Perspectives

  • The Diverse Heritage of Yezidi Tradition

    Yezidis were amongst those inhabitants of the Middle East who for a long time but especially in 19th and 20th centuries had suffered a great deal due to the colonial policies of different powers. They were held in contempt as a religious minority, worshippers of the devil and then as the Kurds too when the national and chauvinistic policy dominated the region. In spite of this difficulty and forced exile their diverse heritage of beliefs, thoughts, ethic and aesthetic values hidden in oral tradition of religious texts and folklore seems today one of the richest sources of interest and inspiration not only for Kurdish writers, poets, politicians and activists but foreign non Kurdish scholars too.