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Shane Bauer on the Autonomous Administration of NE Syria-Rojava

By: | posted on: Jan 19, 2020

Date(s) - 01/19/2020
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Journalist Shane Bauer will give a presentation on northeast Syria based on his extensive reporting on the region over the past two years. The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, formerly known as Rojava, is the most dynamic political project in the Middle East, yet it is widely misunderstood. Originally a mostly Kurdish project based on the communalist ideas of PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, it has grown into a multi-ethnic project encompassing a third of Syria that includes a wide-range of political and social tendencies.

Shane will discuss how the political and economic systems of the autonomous region have evolved over time. He’ll discuss the major successes and challenges of the revolution, how it has been shaped by the war, and the varying social realities for people in different parts of northeast Syria. He’ll discuss the transformation of the education system in the region; experiments in localized governance and cooperative economics; the prisons and refugee camps established in the midst of the war; and the situation as it stands after the most recent Turkish invasion. For this event Shane will be in dialogue with Professor Ozlem Goner of the Emergency Committee for Rojava.

–“Behind the Lines: Shane Bauer Travels to Syria to Uncover America’s Role in the Syrian War” August 2019:
–“Behind the Lines” – Shane Bauer, May 2019: (part one) | (part two)

Shane Bauer is a senior reporter at Mother Jones, the author of American Prison: A Reporter’s Journey into the Business of Punishment (2018), and the co-author, with Sarah Shourd and Joshua Fattal, of A Sliver of Light (2014), a memoir of his two years as a prisoner in Iran. He is a fluent Arabic speaker, and has reported from locations such as Iraq, Sudan, Chad, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, and Israel/Palestine. His reporting won a National Magazine Award and more than two dozen other prizes. He is currently writing a book on northeast Syria.

Ozlem Goner is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the College of Staten Island and the Middle Eastern Studies at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She earned degrees in Political Science and Sociology from Bogazici University, Turkey and her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her work on memory and historicity; political economy and environment; and outsider identities has been published in academic journals and edited volumes. Her book entitled, Turkish National Identity and its Outsiders: Memories of State Violence in Dersim, was published by Routledge in June 2017. Her most recent research is on state violence and gender with a focus on the Kurdish women’s movement. She is a steering committee member of the Emergency Committee for Rojava.​

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