Datum - 22.09.2018
18:00 - 20:00 Uhr
The Syrian diversity in focus
Saturdays, 1st September – 6th October 2018, 6 – 8pm
All events will be simultaneously translated in Arabic/ German.
Syria is a multinational state, in the north there are Kurds, in the south the Druzes and at the meditaranean coast the Alawites. Christians, Turkmen and Armenians are spread over the entire state.
Furthermore many followers of very small groups such as the Circassians, the Ismailites and the Yazidis belong to the Syrian people.
Together the ethnic, religious and language focused minorities in Syria are about forty per cent of the entire population. Their multitude is the foundation of Syria´s diversity, their different languages and religious orientations are an important part of the cultural richness of Syria. Each group has its individual history, which characterizes their positions in the current war.
With the event series “Black-Box Syria” we wish to turn the focus on the cultural richness of Syria. The ethnic, religious and language related groups, which do not belong to the Sunni – Arabic majority and often do not have a vote in public, should occupy the centre stage. The participants will orient themselves along the following questions:
- What did it mean for you personally to grow up in Syria as a Kurd, an Armenian etc.? What did you hope for as the demonstrations began in 2011?
- What position does the group you associate yourself with take in the current war? What does the war mean for your group?
- What are, in your view, the central political demands of your group for the development of the Syrian state?
A few of the spokespeople will be representatives of their institutions, while others will share only their individual perspectives. Within the last event participants of the dialogue workshop of the European Centre for Kurdish studies, will present the since July 2016 compiled principals, which were created by them, for a future Syrian constitution. We look forward to the variety of Syrian perspectives!
1. September 2018: Syrians/Assyrians
Dr. Yousuf Kouriyhe and Aziz Said will sit on the podium tonight. Dr. Kouriyhe is a lecturer for Syrian-Aramaic, Syrian – Aramaic literary history and Arabic at the Freien Universität Berlin. Furthermore he is a free employee of the Deutsche Welle and program director at Suroyo TV. Aziz Said is chairman of the Zentralverband der Assyrischen Vereinigungen in Germany and Europe.
Yahya Alaous takes charge of the moderation. He is a journalist from Syria and he writes for the Süddeutsche Zeitung, amongst others.
- September 2018: Druzen and Yazidi
On this evening there will be three times the amount of women´s power. Dr. Najat Abdul Samad is a doctor, an author and a translator. In Syria she commited herself to the interest of women. Mesgin Josef, was born in Afrin and is chairwoman of the council of Syrian Yazidis and member of the Society for threatened Peoples (GfbV). The evening will be presented by Katharina Lack, who supported from 2015 until 2017 the consulting team of the UN – special envoy Staffan de Mistura (requested).
- September 2018: Alawites and Ismailites
On this evening we invite Ahmed Khalil to the podium. He is an author and has spent ten years in prison under Assad´s reign. Furthermore Mustafa Allush will speak, he studied pedagogy (educational science) at the University Damascus and worked many years as a journalist. As an anchorman from Amnesty International Ilyas Saliba is requested.
- September 2018: Armenians and Circassians
Michele Sirup studied Sociology at the University Damascus. He is an author and spent ten years in prison during Assad’s reign. Nart Abd Al-Karim is a free journalist and especially specialized in the history of the Armenians. Safi Alaa Eddin, chairman of Mada registered association, will supervise the panelists throughout the evening.
- September 2018: Kurds and Turkmen
Hussein Abdulla is a founding member of the biggest alliance of the Syrian opposition Etilaf. Likewise he is a founding member of the Syrian – Turkmenian council. Siamend Hajo studied political sciences at the Freie Universität Berlin and he is the chairman of the Kurdish Future Movement in Syria.
Reinhard Fischer will anchor this evening, he works for the national center for political sciences in Berlin.
- Oktober 2018: The Way to a new Syrian constitution
On the last evening of the event series participants of the dialogue workshop of the European Centre for Kurdish studies, will present the since July 2016 compiled principals, which were created by them, for a future Syrian constitution. The evening will be presented by the expert for constitutional law and protection of minorities Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Belser.