Uğur Ümit Üngör | The Kurds in the Century of Genocide: From the First World War to ISIS

Lecture | October 31 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Uğur Ümit Üngör, Associate Professor, Department of History, Utrecht University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

First Annual CMES Kurdish Studies Lecture

The Kurds’ experience with modern mass violence, from civil wars to genocides, is long and complex. Whereas Kurds lived for centuries in pre-national conditions in the Ottoman and Persian empires, the advent of nationalism and the nation-state system in the Middle East radically changed the situation. This lecture examines the Kurds’ encounter with modern mass political violence from the First World War to the Syrian conflict.

Uğur Ümit Üngör is Associate Professor at the Department of History at Utrecht University and Research Fellow at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam. His main area of interest is mass violence in the Middle East in the 20th and 21st centuries. He is an editor of the Journal of Perpetrator Research, and coordinator of the Syrian Oral History Project. His publications include Genocide: New Perspectives on its Causes, Courses and Consequences (Amsterdam University Press, 2016, ed.), Confiscation and Destruction: The Young Turk Seizure of Armenian Property (Continuum, 2011), the award-winning The Making of Modern Turkey: Nation and State in Eastern Anatolia, 1913-1950 (Oxford University Press, 2011), and the monograph Paramilitarism: Mass Violence in the Shadow of the State (Oxford University Press, 2019). He is currently working on his forthcoming monograph Shabbiha: Assad’s Militias and Mass Violence in Syria (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020).