Panelist: Culture and Self-determination

Sheikh, Shela. 2016. 'Panelist: Culture and Self-determination'. In: New World Embassy: Rojava. Oslo City Hall, Norway. [Conference or Workshop Item]

No full text available

Abstract or Description

The New World Embassy: Rojava was a temporary embassy constructed in Oslo, and which represented, through cultural means, the ideals of “stateless democracy” developed by the communities of the autonomous region of Rojava, northern-Syria. The embassy consisted of a large-scale oval shaped architectural structure, designed as an “ideological planetarium.”

The Embassy operated for two consecutive days on 26 and 27 November 2016, 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 proposed a platform to build new transnational relationships and explore alternative models of people’s diplomacy. This included an analysis of the history, ideals, and implementation of stateless democracy; of the successes of Rojava in building a new civil society in a war-torn region; and finally the alternative that Rojava proposes in order to confront the crises of democracy seen on a global scale.

The New World Embassy: Rojava was a collaboration between the Democratic Self-Administration of Rojava and Studio Jonas Staal.

The project was part of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016, After Belonging: A Triennale In Residence, On Residence and the Ways We Stay in Transit, and funded and co-produced by KORO, Public Art Norway (URO).

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Talk)

Related URLs:

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Centre for Cultural Studies (1998-2017)


26 November 2016Completed

Event Location:

Oslo City Hall, Norway

Item ID:


Date Deposited:

08 Aug 2017 09:54

Last Modified:

02 Aug 2018 15:02


Edit Record Edit Record (login required)