Thomas Schmidinger is one of the very few Europeans to have visited the Canton of Afrin. In this talk on his newest book, The Battle for the Mountain of the Kurds, he gives an account of the history and the present situation of the Rojava region. In a number of interviews, he also gives inhabitants of the region from a variety of ethnicities, religions, political orientations, and walks of life the opportunity to speak for themselves. As the author writes, “the battle for the Mountain of the Kurds is far from over yet.” This talk is sponsored by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.
Thomas Schmidinger is a political scientist and a cultural and social anthropologist. He teaches at the University of Vienna and is both secretary-general of the Austrian Society for the Promotion of Kurdology and coeditor of the Vienna Kurdish Studies Yearbook. He is the author of a number of books on migration, cultural integration, the Middle East, and other topics, several of which have been translated. His previously translated book Rojava: Revolution, War and the Future of Syria’s Kurds was published by Pluto Press in 2018. His newest book is The Battle for the Mountain of the Kurds: Self-Determination and Ethnic Cleansing in the Afrin Region of Rojava (PM Press, 2019)