Houzan Mahmoud

Lecture series by Houzan Mahmoud on Feminist Resistance and Activism between Theory and Practice

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The Global Center for Advanced Studies

Research Institute



Instructor: Houzan Mahmoud, Activist


Course Description: This course is led by one of the world’s leading public-intellectuals and activists for women especially for the Kurdish plight in the middle-east. This is a unique opportunity to study with someone who’s life is devoted to justice, someone whom doesn’t simply write or speak about issues but embodies them.

The course is live, but if you can’t make the live sessions, don’t worry you can watch the recordings. See below on how you can join the discussion and talks live on our Internet Platform: Big Blue Button.

Be Challenged: This course is live and interactive. You can take it just for enrichment or you can take it Pass/Fail. If you pass the course you will receive 1 Silver GCAS token. Earn 5 GCAS Silver tokens, and receive one Gold GCAS Token plus a free course. 2 Gold GCAS Tokens = 1 Platinum GCAS Token. 1 Platinum Token = 100 GCAS Dollars. GCAS Dollars are for you to use to purchase GCAS books and other goods we’ll sell starting in our online bookstore starting January, 2018. In addition to a school we’re starting to build an economy based on knowledge and ideas not on profits. Join us!

To pass the course, you will need to respond in the class forum at least 2 times between lectures or sessions (see schedule below). Each time must be at least 150 words. Respond to the lecture or respond to someone else’s response and help create the conversation inside the online classroom. You can also write a blog post (no more than 1,000 words) about the course. If we publish it, you will receive an additional 1 GCAS Silver Token (2 maximum GCAS Silver Tokens per course).

Although we strongly encourage you to attend the lectures live online in our Platform (see below for how to join) it’s not required for you to pass the course. You just have to view the recordings, which will be uploaded inside the course in your GCAS E-School virtual classroom.

Four Lectures:

1. Feminist resistance in the age of neoliberal (NGO-isation) (Sept 10 at 11 am London Time)

2. ‘Sisterhood’, ‘internationalism’ and the post-modern “identity politics” (Sept 17 at 11 am London Time)

3. Pacifism vis-a-vis women’s armed resistance (Kurdish women’s armed resistance) as a case study. Kurdish women between peace and war (Sept 24 at 11 am London Time)

4. Atheism as a feminist issue in the era of religious fundamentalism (Oct 1 at 11 am London Time)

How to Join our Live Session: (If you can’t make the live session, it’s ok, we will provide you the recording)

5 mins before the session begins just click on this link: http://gcas.blindsidenetworks.net/gcas/

sign-in your name > class room: Classroom 1 > password: researcher505

Live Sessions: Sundays on Big Blue Button. But don’t worry if you can’t make this meeting time as we’ll record if so you can view it when convenient for you. See below for how to easily join the live sessions.

Sun, Sept 10 (11am London Time) Live Session

Sun, Sept 17, (11 am London Time) Live Session

Sun, Sept 24, (11 am London Time) Live Session

Sun, Oct 1 (11 am London Time) Live Session

Houzan Mahmoud is an Iraqi Kurdish feminist, public lecturer and co-founder of Culture Project, She has an MA in Gender Studies from SOAS-London University. She was born in Iraqi Kurdistan in 1973 and currently residing and working in London. She cofounded and worked several organisations in Iraq. Her articles were published in UK publications including The Independent and The Guardian, The Tribune, The New Statesman and others. Houzan led many campaigns internationally, including campaigns against the rape and abduction of women in Iraq, and against the imposition of Islamic sharia law in Kurdistan and Iraqi constitution. She led many other campaigns around the world against so called honour killings, and against violation of freedom of expression. She is winner of 2016 Emma Humphrey’s Memorial Award. Houzan is an Advisory Board member for The Global Centre for Advanced Studies journal, “Engaged Humanities”. Houzan organises conferences and seminars both in UK and Kurdistan to raise awareness about feminism, gender, feminist art critique and secularism. In addition she takes part in conferences around the world to speak on issues around feminism, activism and her leftist vision for a better future for humanity.