Revolutionary Subjects of the Kurdish Women’s Freedom Movement

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Psychoanalysis and Politics

19 July 2023

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Part of the Psychoanalysis and Politics series Crises and Transmission

This paper addresses the revolutionary subjectivities of Kurdish Women Fighters who are members of the PKK (the Kurdistan Workers Party), which has been waging a war against the Turkish state since 1978. Based on fieldwork and diaries, it argues that these fighters occupy a revolutionary temporality and death-bound subjectivities. The desire of their community and its knowledge – that something is rotten with the existing order – is felt by them “hysterically.” Following Zupancic’s interpretation of Antigone, I explain the ways in which women of the Kurdish Movement make this knowledge and the community’s desire their own subjective desire, they give new laws to themselves and produce new norms to be cited.

Nazan Üstündağ s an Independent Scholar in Sociology, Berlin, Germany.

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