Category Archive: activities and events

Apr 12

Defending Progressivism conference in London

Culture Project & Conatus News and sponsored by the National Secular Society and the British Humanist Association) Defending Progressivism is an unprecedented day-long conference focussing on defending social-progressivism (LGBT Rights, Feminism, Environmentalism, Secularism, Irreligiosity, etc.) held in the famed Conway Hall. Not only showcasing some of the most significant challenges to social progressivism through distinguished panel-discussions, …

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Apr 12

Houzan Mahmoud wins Emma Humphry’s Memorial Prize Award

On the 6th of April in a ceremony hosted at the Garden Court Chambers, Houzan Mahmoud, co-founder of Culture Project, won the Emma Humphrey’s Memorial Award. The awarded is presented to an individual woman who has, through writing or campaigning, raised awareness of violence against women and children. Emma Humphrey’s was a writer, campaigner and …

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Mar 26

Book launch for Bakhtiyar Ali in London

In the evening of 12th of March 2017, Culture Project and Periscope Books co-hosted an event to launch the first ever Kurdish novel translated into and published in English. The event was hosted in Hampstead’s elegant Burgh House, packed with people who are passionate about Kurdish literature and poetry. The event commenced with a welcome …

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Mar 25

Recognition of Houzan Mahmoud and Culture Project’s campaigning for Secularism

Following nominations from members and supporters, the elected council of the National Secular Society selected six people on a shortlist for the Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year. The National secular society is an organisation with almost 150 years of campaigning and reform for secularism and challenging religious privileges in the UK. For the …

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Mar 06

Houzan Mahmoud will be speaking at Women of the World Festival in Hull-UK

Panel Discussion: The struggle for gender equality stretches right across the globe. Saturday 11th March at 2.30pm HULL CITY HALL Queen Victoria Square Hull HU1 3RQ Join Kurdish Women’s Rights Activist Houzan Mahmoud, writer and broadcaster Bidisha and Tazeen Bari, Producer of the Gloria Steinem documentary series Woman as they share stories of their personal …

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Feb 25

Book launch and reception for renowned Kurdish novelist Bakhtiyar Ali

Periscope Books and Kurdish Culture Project are pleased to invite you to an evening honouring Bakhtiyar Ali, the foremost Kurdish novelist whose epic I Stared at the Night of the City was published in the autumn. The first major work of contemporary Kurdish literature to be translated into English, I Stared at the Night of the City is a …

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Feb 23

Houzan Mahmoud & Culture Project are shortlisted for Secularist of the Year Award

Shortlist for Secularist of the Year prize announced The National Secular Society has announced the names of six candidates on the shortlist for the Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year. The award, which comes with a £5000 prize, kindly donated by Dr Michael Irwin, recognises a campaigner or group for an outstanding contribution to …

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Feb 08

Reflection of Silence

Arts Canteen presents: Reflection of Silence An evening that will transport the audience into a unique musical realm, where the mournful tones of the Kamanchah and the ethereal strings of the Harp are joined by the earthy rhythms of the Indian Tabla. Adib Rostami: Kamanchah Tara Jaff: Harp Sirishkumar Manji: Tabla Tickets: £12 & £15, …

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Dec 21

Culture Projects cofounder Houzan Mahmoud in various activities

Sulaymani 23-25th September 2016  On an invitation by Dabiran Platfomr a secular Organisation based in Kurdistan, Houzan Mahmoud gave a talk at the largest secular conference in the city of Sulaymania. The conference took three days, and various important issues were discussed in relation to secularisation, women’s rights, the constitution, and the education system. Houzan …

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Dec 15

Call for abstracts for the Kurdish Migration Conference 2017

Globalisation, Diaspora and Transnational Belonging June 15-16, 2017, Middlesex University, London, UK Call for abstracts – Deadline: March 1st, 2017 [  click here   ] Conference Aims and Objectives Following the success of the first international Kurdish migration conference (KMC) held in 2016 at Middlesex University (London) and the strong interest and participation by the …

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Dec 11

Call for papers: Gendering the Kurdish Diaspora

CfP Kurdish Migration Conference panel ‘Gendering the Kurdish Diaspora’, abstract (300 words) by the 1st March Gendering the Kurdish Diaspora Panel Convenor:  Houzan Mahmoud The Kurdish diaspora is considered one of the largest stateless peoples of its kind in the world. It is made up of successive waves of displacement and varied experiences both at …

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Dec 08

Culture Project’s female photography project in Duhok Cultural Café

In its efforts to break the normalisation of male dominated public spaces, Culture Project initiated another female photo project, this time in Duhok – a beautiful small town in Iraqi Kurdistan. In the afternoon of Tuesday 6th of December 2016, Diyar Ebdulezîz, a member of the editorial board of Kurdish online magazine, Culture Magazine (a …

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Nov 20

Culture Project’s Female photo project at the oldest traditional tea house in Kurdistan

Gendering public spaces On the 19th of September 2016, two of us – the cofounders of Culture Project: Houzan Mahmoud and Ismail Hamamin – visited Kurdistan to meet people and find a publishing house to get a deal for publishing our Culture Magazine in the near future. On our trip we met various activists and …

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Nov 17

Public Seminar on Secularism, Freedom of women and LGBTQ rights

UCLU Kurdish Society and Culture Project Present: An evening of discussion with activists and experts debating women and LGBTQ rights under Islam. They will be debating why they are struggling for a just, secular and egalitarian world. In addition to why they believe in critiquing and rejecting religious and conventional gender norms and relations. Date: …

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Sharia Law, Legal Pluralism and access to Justice

Culture Project, The Centre for Kurdish Progress, Law for All, Centre for Secular Space, Southhall Black Sisters, Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation and British Muslims for Secular Democracy organised a public forum on 7 November 2016 in the House of Commons on (Sharia Law, Legal Pluralism and access to Justice).

Joan Ryan MP for Enfield North kindly hosted this event and opened the discussion. This event was chaired by Raife Aytek, Director of the Centre for Kurdish Progress.

Speakers were Houzan Mahmoud, Maryam Namazie, Dr. Savin Bapir-Tardy, Yasmin Rehman, ‘Gina Khan, Pragna Patel and Gita Sahgal.

Video courtesy of Centre for Kurdish Progress


Nov 09

Report from the seminar on Sharia Councils hosted at the UK Parliament

The Culture Project in cooperation with the Centre for Kurdish Progress, One Law for All, Southall Black Sisters, Centre for Secular Space, Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation and Muslims for Secular Democracy organised a seminar on the 7th of November 2016  on (Sharia Law, Legal Pluralism and Access to Justice). The Seminar was opened …

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