Decolonizing Kurdistan: Agriculture

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This presentation examines the colonial homogenizing politics of the Syrian Ba’ath regime and the subsequent decolonization processes that led to the emergence of Rojava as a pluriverse. The Ba’ath regime, in power since 1963, implemented nation-state colonialism in the predominantly Kurdish region, utilizing agricultural modernization as a tool for colonization. This modernization served to bolster the central state, underdeveloped the region as a periphery, and assert control through land distribution and settlement of loyal Arab families. Following the collapse of the regime in Rojava in 2012, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) dismantled the colonial agricultural system. Through interviews and observations, this article explores the interplay between agricultural development and colonial politics, as well as the Kurdish movement's practice of decolonizing agriculture.
Period26 Apr 202427 Apr 2024
Event titleEcology in Democratic Modernity: From Resistance to Construction, Perspectives, Possibilities & Challenges
Event typeConference
LocationQamislo, SyriaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational