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Kurdish cultural heritage is rooted in one of the world's oldest cultures, the Mesopotamian. Through the ages, this heritage has been subject to injustices, neglect and repression, or has been eclipsed by other cultures. Important components of the original cultural heritage have disappeared or have been destroyed. Numerous examples may be given of how valuable or irreplaceable Kurdish physical heritage are endangered or destroyed, like the threat posed by the Illusi Dam in Kurdistan (Turkey), where the oldest Kurdish city, Hasankeyf, soon is to be covered by water.

This conference will highlight and focus on Kurdish cultural heritage from a range of different scientific perspectives. Secondly, the conference will represent a space where Kurdish researchers and intellectuals may focus on common cultural heritage, and discuss how it may both survive and be prolonged within its current marginal conditions. The third, and perhaps most important reason, is that the conference may contribute to establish social and research networks consisting of Kurdish and Nordic researchers and intellectuals, within different fields.

The International Nordic-Kurdish Cultural Heritage Conference is a co-operative project between the Centre for Development Studies and the Department for Cultural Studies at the University of Bergen, Norway. The conference is the first major international research conference focusing on Kurdish cultural heritage held.

The registration fee for the conference is NOK 1.050. This includes also lunch at the Conference Hotel Thursday and Friday. The formal Conference Dinner on Friday night is optional, and cost an additional NOK 450.

For further information, contact: Centre for Development Studies, University of Bergen, Nygardsgaten 5 N-5015 Bergen, Norway. Fax: +47 55 58 98 92; E-mail:
post sfu.uib.no or visit their website at: www.svf.uib.no/sfu/welcome.htm

August 2016


Our world is being torn apart by inequalities and injustices, which can lead to a climate of fear and hate, distrust and prejudice. In a world of limited resources many show an increasing desire for material wealth, while the vast majority of the world's population is groping for the basic necessities of life. While some have access to information and education, large parts of the world appear to be forgotten. The result is a world in which corruption, pollution and terrorism are spreading. Traditional concepts of security through military means have failed to meet the needs of individuals and societies. Are we, then, on the brink of global disintegration?

This conference will bring people from different backgrounds together to explore some of the root causes of conflict and warfare. It will focus on different aspects of human security: at home, at work, in the environment and in an interdependent world.

For further information, contact the Caux Conference Secretariat, Mountain House, CH-1824 Caux, Switzerland. Email: info@qed.org.uk or visit their website at: www.caux.ch

3-10 August 2016
Dublin, Ireland

War Resisters' International Triennial Conference

War Resisters' International's conference Stories and Strategies - Nonviolent Resistance and Social Change will bring together peace, social justice and human rights activists from around the world to discuss how to make the world less violent and less militarised. "As wars and acts of terrorism have increased in recent months, this event has taken on a new importance."

For more information, visit http://www.wri-irg.org/tri/2016/index.htm, or contact: WRI Triennial Office, 84 Templeville Drive, Templeouge, Dublin 6W, Ireland. Tel/fax: +353 1 406 3060; Email: dublin wri-irg.org

2-10 August 2016
Caux, Switzerland

Courageous people in conflict situations around the world are working in the belief that there are better ways than violence to achieve justice and shift entrenched attitudes.

Agenda for Reconciliation offers a chance to explore the implications of peacebuilding, in the context of globalising responsibility, to enhance human security. Plenary themes include:
- The state of the world
- Answering anger, mistrust and fear
- Towards partnership between Islamic and western cultures
- Courage: the ordinary person's role in restoring hope
- Lessons learned in peacebuilding
- Taking lessons home

For further information, contact the Caux Conference Secretariat, Mountain House, CH-1824 Caux, Switzerland. Email: info@qed.org.uk or visit their website at: www.caux.ch

Further information on Agenda for Reconciliation is available from: 24 Greencoat Place, London SW1P 1RD, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7798 6000; Fax: +44 (0)20 7798 6001; Email: afr mra.org.uk; Website: http://www.caux.ch/afr/

July 2016

Thursday 18th July, 9.15am - 5.45pm
Venue: Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Organised by the Canon Collins Educational Trust for South Africa

The objectives of this conference are not only to raise awareness on the issue of HIV/AIDS and its impact on education in Southern Africa but also to encourage partnerships that facilitate the exchange of skills and resources between NGOs, trades unions, the private and public sectors in the UK and partners in Southern Africa.

Speakers include:
Professor William Makgoba, President of the Medical Research Council in South Africa
Professor Michael J Kelly of the University of Zambia
Promise Mthembu of the International Community of Women Living with AIDS
Dr Nicola Swainson of the University of Sussex
Dr Elaine Unterhalter of the Institute of Education
Mark Thorpe of VSO Mozambique.

For booking forms and more information contact: Canon Collins Educational Trust for Southern Africa (CCETSA), 22 The Ivories, 6 Northampton Street, London N1 2HY, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7354 1462; Fax: +44-(0)20 7359 4875; E-mail:
ccetsa gn.apc.org;  Updated information about the conference and a booking form will can also be obtained from their website at: www.canoncollins.org.uk

Saturday 13 July 2016
Imperial College, London
Organised by One World Trust

This conference is held in conjunction with the 24th World Congress of the World Federalist Movement, taking place from July 11-15, 2016 at the Imperial College in London.  The day will be comprised of a series of public seminars focused on the issues of globalisation, justice, human security and international democracy.

This event will be addressed by a group of distinguished, high calibre speakers including:
Lloyd Axworthy, the former Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs;
Elizabeth May, Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada; and
Pierre Sane, Assistant Director General for Social Sciences, Human Sciences, and Human Rights at UNESCO.
Policy makers, leaders of NGOs and IGOs, professors and academics, youth organisations and people interested in current international affairs will be in attendance.

For more information and to download the registration form, visit: www.oneworldtrust.org or contact: Charlene Ching, WFM Congress Organiser, email: chingc parliament.uk; tel: +44 (0)20 7219 3825.

1-2 July 2016
University of Sussex

Media representation of Islamic Societies and War' is the theme of an international conference sponsored by the British Academy at the University of Sussex this 1-2 July. The interdisciplinary gathering will include panels on Israel-Palestine, Lebanon, the Balkans and Kashmir and will focus more on self-representation of Islamic societies than the more traditional concerns with Western media.

For further details and booking contact Gregory Kent on +44 (0)20 7274 9970 or email:gregkent onetel.net.uk

1-3 July 2016
678th Wilton Park Conference

How can conflict prevention be better practiced, particularly long-term structural prevention? How can the UN's conflict prevention capacity be strengthened and its structural prevention and capacity building activities be implemented more systematically? What are the appropriate roles of regional and sub-regional organizations, and when should the UN leave them to lead? How can co-operation between these actors be optimized?

Enquiries about participation and local travel to: Wilton Park Conference Administrator, Bernadette McBride at email: Bernadette.Mcbride wiltonpark.org.uk; Fax: +44 (0)1903 815931; Tel: +44 (0)1903 817765.  Address: Wiston House, Steyning, West Sussex, BN44 3DZ, UK.

Enquiries about the programme to: Isobelle Jaques, Associate Director, Wilton Park, Wiston House, Steyning, West Sussex BN44 3DZ, UK. Tel: +44 (0)1903 817781; Fax: +44 (0)1903 814217; Email: isobelle.jaques wiltonpark.org.uk

Or visit their website at: www.wiltonpark.org.uk

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