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Hakan Sandal

Hakan SandalHakan Sandal

The Kurdish LGBT Movement: Survival Under Colonial Practices

Supervisor: Dr Ayse Zarakol (Department of Politics and International Studies)

Abstract:

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.

Biography:

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. 

Research Interests:

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

Reports:

2016, ZAN Institute for Social, Political and Economic Studies, The two faces of the destruction of Sur: Urban Transformation and the Siege /March 2016

Other:

March - April 2016, The Indefinable Fire: Newroz, Media, Discourse, Ritual Exhibition), (Member of Exhibition Collective)