November 26, 2016 - Oslo Architecture Triennale - After Belonging Closing Weekend
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November 26, 2016
November 26, 2016

Oslo Architecture Triennale

Photo: Ernie Buts. Courtesy of the Democratic Self-Administration of Rojava and Studio Jonas Staal.

Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016: After Belonging
New World Embassy: Rojava

Oslo City Hall
Rådhusplassen 1
0037 Oslo
Norway

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The New World Embassy: Rojava is a temporary embassy installed in the Oslo City Hall that represents, through cultural means, the ideals of "stateless democracy" developed by the Democratic Self-Administration of the autonomous region of Rojava, northern Syria. The Embassy consists of a large-scale oval-shaped architectural structure, designed as an "ideological planetarium."

The Embassy operates for two consecutive days, bringing representatives from Rojava together with international politicians, diplomats, academics, journalists, students, artists, and more. Through open deliberation and public discussion the New World Embassy: Rojava proposes a platform to build new transnational relationships and explore alternative models of people's diplomacy. 

The New World Embassy: Rojava is a collaboration between the Democratic Self-Administration of Rojava and Studio Jonas Staal. The project is part of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016, After Belonging: A Triennale In Residence, On Residence and the Ways We Stay in Transit, and it is financed and co-produced by KORO – Public Art Norway / URO.

After Belonging: A Triennale In Residence, On Residence and the Ways We Stay in Transit is curated by Lluís A. Casanovas Blanco, Ignacio G. Galán, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis, and Marina Otero Verzier.

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Program
The two-day public program offers debates and conversations with local and international experts centered around four topics departing from the ideals and achievements of the Rojava revolution.

Saturday, November 26, 1–7pm 
From History & Politics to Culture & Self-determination

The first day of the New World Embassy: Rojava is dedicated to the history and politics of the Rojava revolution, the concept of stateless democracy, and the role of culture in self-determination.

1pm Welcome and introduction

Marianne Borgen (Mayor of Oslo)
Refik Gefur and Seher Aydar (Kurdish Communities of Oslo)
Jonas Staal (artist and founder of the New World Summit)

1:40pm Keynote

Sînam Mohammed (Democratic Self-Administration of Rojava)

2:05pm Short break

2:15pm Panel I—History & Politics

Chaired by Joost Jongerden (University of Wageningen)
Sînam Mohammed 
Kariane Westrheim (University of Bergen) 
Macer Gifford (People’s Protection Units, YPG)

3:20pm Response

Eulàlia Reguant i Cura (Popular Unity Candidacy, CUP)

3:30pm Break

4:30pm Welcome

Refik Gefur and Seher Aydar
Marina Otero Verzier (After Belonging Agency)

4:50pm Keynote

Aldar Xalîl (Movement for a Democratic Society, Tev-Dem)

5:15pm Short break

5:25pm Panel II—Culture & Self-Determination

Chaired by Maria Hlavajova (BAK, basis voor actuele kunst Utrecht)
Aldar Xalîl 
Moussa Ag Assarid (Free Azawad)
Shela Sheikh (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Laura Raicovich (Queens Museum)

6:50pm Response

Baluchistan People’s Party

7pm Conclusion


Sunday, November 27, 1–7pm
"Conflict & Diplomacy” to “Solidarity & Transdemocracy"

The second day of the New World Embassy: Rojava is dedicated to understanding the conflict in Rojava and Syria, exploring alternative models of stateless diplomacy, and building transdemocratic solidarity and collaboration between emancipatory movements worldwide.

1pm Welcome

Refik Gefur and Seher Aydar (Kurdish Communities of Oslo)
Hanna Dencik Petersson (Oslo Architecture Triennale)
Introduction Jonas Staal (artist and founder of the New World Summit)

1:30pm Keynote

Asya Abdullah (Co-Chair Democratic Union Party, PYD)

1:55pm Short break

2:05pm Panel III—Conflict & Diplomacy

Chaired by Radha D’Souza (University of Westminster)
Asya Abdullah 
Hanne Sophie Greve (Judge at the Gulating High Court of Western Norway) 
Runar Myrnes Balto (Sámi Parliament) 
Sana Soleman Elmansouri (World Amazigh Congress)

3:20pm Response

Natalie McGarry (MP Westminster Parliament for Glasgow East)

3:30pm Break

4:30pm Welcome

KORO Public Art Norway, URO

4:45pm Keynote

Salih Muslim (Co-Chair Democratic Union Party, PYD)

5:10pm Short break

5:20pm Panel IV—Solidarity & Transdemocracy

Chaired by Radha D’Souza (University of Westminster)
Salih Muslim 
Katerin Mendez (Feminist Initiative!) 
Kate Shae Baird (Barcelona en Comú) 
Despina Koutsoumpa (ANTARSYA) 
Lorenzo Marsili (DiEM25/ European Alternatives)

7pm Closing words

Refik Gefur and Seher Aydar

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