Floor Talk: Caroline Scheider with Dr Hans Lukas Kieser

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Tuesday 9 October at 6pm historians Caroline Schneider and Dr Hans Lukas Kieser will present an expansion of the research contained within the Long Shadows exhibition concerning the Yazidi and the modern Middle East.

A Yazidi survivor of IS captivity courtesy of Alessandro Rota.

A historian and Australian Research Council Future Fellow with UON's Centre for the History of Violence, Kieser's research focuses on the demise of the Ottoman Empire, marked by the First World War.

In 2013, Kieser was awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship grant to support his project: War, Violence, and Apocalyptic-Millenarianism in the Middle East: Talat Pasha and the Foundation of Modern Turkey, 1874-1921.  For this project, he considers the demise of the Ottoman Empire in a broad international context, and analyses the relationship between state formation, political violence and genocide.

"This project will provide a significant contribution not only to the history of the Ottoman world and present day Turkey, but also to an understanding of contemporary Middle East," Kieser said. The Long Shadows exhibition is part culmination of this project, seeing Kieser collaborating with Dr Kate Ariotti and PhD candidate Caroline Schneider to provide a comprehensive chronology of historical conflicts and violence and the shadows they cast into the present day.

Caroline will present her research as it relates to the plight of the Yazidi, a religious minority, currently in exile in Iraqi Kurdistan and under attack by the terrorist group, IS.

Refreshments will be provided. We hope you will join us for these important examinations of a complex subject matter.

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