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Company Polmeco currently has a pleasure to collaborate with a team working on a research project “How to make a voice audible? Continuity and change of Kurdish culture and of social reality in postcolonial perspectives”.
The 5-year research project, granted by the National Science Center of Poland in the scope of SonataBis1 program is the first Polish team research project devoted to the culture and socio-political reality of the Kurds. Until now Polish knowledge of the Middle East has been concentrated more on the context of the legally existing states such as Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Syria etc. and their cultures and realities. The Kurds were presented mostly from the perspective of those states, thus the knowledge of them was hampered and insufficient. However it is also extremely important to see the Middle East from the perspective of the Kurdish nation as one of the biggest Middle East minorities as well as one of the defeated nations – a notion used by the Kurdish writer Mehmed Uzun. It is crucial to understand the profound problems of the Middle East as well as its multiple and diverse reality.
The main aim of the project is to analyze the continuity and the change processes of Kurdistan and the Kurds taking into consideration the complex dynamics of the postcolonial reality as many postcolonial theoretics define it. The goal of contemporary Kurdish writers, activists and politicians, who struggle to make the Kurdish issue visible in the area of world cultural heritage as well as international affairs suggests that the postcolonial theories should be applied. However, and it must be stressed at the very beginning that the situation of Kurdish people, their culture and activity is very special in some respect and it seems that the postcolonial perspective and methodology based on it can not be treated as the exclusive approach.