This is the first seminar by The Action Group where AUIS students will present their research findings alongside Dr. Mariwan Kanie, a scholar from University of Amsterdam and Kurdish musician and singer Tara Jaff.
Mariwan Kanie is a Kurdish intellectual, writer, and political scientist. Since 1993 he has lived and worked in the Netherlands. He studied at the University of Amsterdam, and completed his PhD in humanities in 2010. His thesis is titled: Martyrdom between nation and religion. Political love, poetry, and self sacrifice in Kurdish nationalism. He teaches in the department of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Jewish studies at the same university.
Four of his books have been published in Kurdistan. His book 'Complex Identities' won the prize of the best non-fiction in 2004, this prize is issued by the Kurdish Ministry of Culture. He is one of the editorial board members of "Rahand", a Kurdish intellectual magazine. He publishes in the Kurdish newspapers Hawlati and Awena. He also regularly publishes in the Dutch daily newspaper Trouw and appears on television in the news commentary programs Nova and Netwerk.
Tara Jaff, is a Kurdish musician who has been exposed to many influences. Over the years, she experimented with different string instruments, but it was her fascination with the ancient harps of Sumeria, Assyria and Elam, dating as far back as 3000 BC that led her to the contemporary Celtic harp.She has embraced this instrument and introduced to Kurdish music in particularly folk songs. She has developed her own innovative style to adapt to the various musical rhythms and modes of the region, bringing a contemporary expression to an ancient form of music and song. She has been living in the United Kingdom since 1976 and has performed widely mainly as a solo artist in concerts, festivals, galleries, conferences as well having appeared regularly on radio and television worldwide.
Her occasional collaborations have been with a wide range of artists such as film-makers, story-tellers, poets, painters as well as other musicians. She is also involved in outreach work where she takes her harp to hospitals to play soothing music for patients and staff.Along with Fran Hazelton and June Peters she founded Zipang, a storytelling group which focuses on stories from ancient Mesopotamia. For the past several years, she has been a committee member of the London Kurdish Film Festival.