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2021 Best Article Award in Kurdish Studies is Open for Submissions!

This award, sponsored by Kurdish Political Studies Program at the University of Central Florida, recognizes the best article in Kurdish Studies by a rising scholar during the previous calendar year. In this year’s competition, social science and humanities articles published in English language peer-reviewed journals in 2020 will be considered. The winning article are awarded $500. Read More


The Kurdish Political Studies Program (KPSP), hosted at the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs, is the first and only academic program dedicated to the study of politics of Kurds and Kurdistan in the United States. KPSP promotes academic studies and public awareness of Kurdish politics, organizes events addressing contemporary issues affecting Kurdish people, facilitates exchanges and collaborations between UCF and Kurdish universities, and develops curriculum focusing on themes related to the Kurdish experience. KPSP is integrated with the Security Studies doctoral program. A review of KPSP activities from fall 2017 to summer 2019 could be found here.

KPSP is also the home of the Jalal Talabani Endowed Chair of Kurdish Political Studies, the only such position in the country, which was inaugurated on October 29, 2015. The mission of the Chair includes teaching, research and scholarly pursuits centering on Kurdish Political Studies, and further developing recognized excellence in that field. It also facilitates fellowships, distinguished visitors, public forums, courses, workshops and other offerings that objectively present and discuss policies and conditions affecting the security, peace and democratic governance of the Kurdish people, including episodes of mass violence such as the Anfal genocide.

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Upcoming Events

Join us for a discussion about social movements and civil society in Turkey featuring Dr. Hakan Özoğlu, Director of the Middle Eastern Studies at UCF, and Sanem Güner, Assistant Director of The Hollings Center for International Dialogue. “Turkey Talks: Hopes…
Camp Connect I for Summer 2021 will be held VIRTUALLY. Camp Connect is a week-long day camp that introduces students to a variety of Engineering disciplines - Electrical, Computer, Industrial, Mechanical, Civil, Environmental, Construction, Aerospace - & Computer Science. Rising…
This workshop will focus on the Honors Undergraduate Thesis (HUT) progam and other opportunities through the Honors Research Office. Students planning to attend graduate school or interested in learning more about research are encouraged to attend. Learn more about the…

Previous Events

“Kurdish Literature and Culture”
2 October 2020, 12 PM EST

“Political Economy of Kolberi”
16 October 2020, 1 PM EST. 

“Reflections on Kurdish Politics”
20 November 2020, 12 PM EST

“Kurdish Poetry and Translation”
26 March 2021, 11 AM EST


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