The Kurdish LGBT Movement: Survival Under Colonial Practices
Supervisors: Dr Lauren Wilcox (UCCGS); Dr Ayse Zarakol (POLIS)
My doctoral research focuses on the intersection of ethnic and gender identities, particularly on Kurdish LGBT's. Studying how LGBT+ communities situate themselves in ethnic and class struggles presents a holistic understanding of identity construction processes and of the resistance practices. Understanding the boundaries and formation of identities in the Kurdish LGBT+ context, and studying the Kurdish struggle and the LGBT+ struggle together, will contribute to gender studies, queer politics, postcolonial studies and subaltern studies, and will engender new debates on the global LGBT+ movements. The research will eventually shed light not only on an LGBT+ struggle in the Middle East context but also make an alternative reading and historicization on Kurdish movement/society.
I am an editorial board member of Toplum ve Kuram Journal and an executive member of Istanbul Bilgi University – Kurdology Unit. I occasionally write about Kurdish and LGBT+ politics in various newspapers and journals. I am currently the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Representative for Cambridge University Students' Union LGBT+ Campaign.
My other research interests, in addition to Gender Studies, include Postcolonial Studies, Kurdish Studies and Critical Theory.
Selected Conference Papers:
2014, Turkish Migration Conference 2014, Regents University, London, Clash of Emotions /The Case of Roboskî
2013, Turkey's Human Rights Agenda Conference, Istanbul, The Construction of the Sanctity of Death - Roboskî Case
2012, Bilgi Media Conference, Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul, Conceptualizing Popular Turkish Nationalism through Twitter
2016, ZAN Institute for Social, Political and Economic Studies, The two faces of the destruction of Sur: Urban Transformation and the Siege /March 2016
March - April 2016, The Indefinable Fire: Newroz, Media, Discourse, Ritual Exhibition), (Member of Exhibition Collective)