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Ceren Sengül

Ceren Sengül
Name
Ceren Sengül
Address
Edinburgh UK
Email
Research Interests
Ethnicity, Nationalism, Kurds, everyday nationalism
URL
http://www.sociology.ed.ac.uk/people/research_students2/sengul_ceren

Academic Qualifications

Master of Science in Nationalism Studies, University of Edinburgh, 2011.

BA with Hons in Psychology and in Political Science & International Relations, Bogazici University, Istanbul, 2010. 

Research interests

My current research focuses on 'Kurdishness' in Turkey and explores the factors that have an influence on different manifestations of 'Kurdishness'. Taking boundary theories and the literature on everyday ethnicity as the main theoretical framework, my research distinguishes three different factors that have an influence on the shaping of 'Kurdishness': the changes and continuities in the state rhetoric, regions, and language use in everyday life. My thesis argues that as a result of the combination of these three different elements, boundaries of 'Kurdishness' are (re-)shaped by individuals, reflected in the narratives they tell.

Supervisors 

  • Dr. James Kennedy
  • Dr. Ewan Stein

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles.

Abstract shortlisted for the submission of full paper. ‘An Analysis of Belonging: ‘Kurdishness’ in Turkey, Special Issue for St. Antony’s International Review.

Under review. ‘Customised’ Forms of Ethnicity: Construction of ‘Kurdishness’ in Turkey Amongst ‘Ordinary People’, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism

Book Chapters (peer-reviewed)

Abstract accepted for the submission of the paper and full paper submitted. Sengül, C. ‘Two State Rhetorics, Two Forms of ‘Kurdishness’ in Turkey’, 2015: The Time for the Kurds? The Current Dynamics of the Kurdish Nation.

Book Reviews

2015. Sengül, C. ‘Book Review of Ramazan Aras, the Formation of Kurdishness in Turkey: Political Violence, Fear and Pain (Routledge: London and New York), 2014’, Middle Eastern Studies, 51 (2), pp. 330-332.

2012. Sengül, C. ‘Book Review of Robert Olson, the Kurdish Nationalist Movement in Turkey: 1980 to 2011(Mazda Publishers Inc.: California), 2011’, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 12 (3), pp. 553-555.

Teaching Experience

Guest Lecturer:

  • 2016. Comparative Perspectives in Nationalism Studies [postgraduate course], University of Edinburgh. Lecture titled 'Constructing 'Kurdishness' in Turkey'. 

Tutor:

  • Spring 2016: Sociology 1B: The Sociological Imagination:  Private Troubles, Public Problems
  • Autumn 2015: Sociology 2A: Thinking Sociologically
  • Autumn 2015: Designing and Doing Social Research
  • Spring 2015: Sociology 1B: The Sociological Imagination:  Private Troubles, Public Problems
  • Autumn 2014: Sociology 1A: The Sociological Imagination: Individuals and Society
  • Spring 2014: Sociology 1B: The Sociological Imagination:  Private Troubles, Public Problems

Presentations

Invited Talks:

2015. Talk titled 'The Kurds in Turkey: 'Kurdish Question' and Other Challenges' at Morningside Justice and Peace Group, 18 March.

Conferences:

2015. Paper titled ‘Two discourses, two forms of ‘Kurdishness’: the relationship between ‘Kurdishness’ and the Turkish state’, presented at Middle Eastern Studies Early Careers Researchers’ Workshop, University of Exeter, 31 October – 1 November.

2015. 'The formation of Kurdish identity in Turkey as a bottom-up construction', presented at Nations, History and Comparison: a conference on historical sociology and the study of nationalism at the University of Edinburgh, 14-15 May.

2015. ''We' are not 'them': the reconstruction of Kurdish identity as a reaction to the official discourse on 'Turkishness'', presented at 25th Annual Conference of ASEN, Nationalism: Diversity & Security, at the London School of Economics, 21-23 April.

2012. 'The linguistic accommodation of ethnic groups in the cases of Turkey and Israel', presented at Nationalism and Multiculturalism Workshop at the University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, 13-14 December.

2012. ‘Different states, same result: a comparative study of Turkey and Israel’, presented at CRONEM Annual Conference at the University of Surrey, Guildford, 26-27 June.

2012. ‘The linguistic accommodation of ethnic groups in ethnic democracies: the cases of Turkey and Israel’, presented at the New Directions Conference at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, 26-27 April.

Professional Qualifications

  •  Associate Fellowship by Higher Education Academy
Scholarships, Fundings, and Grants
  • PhD Conference and Fieldwork Fund, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, Autumn 2015.
  • PhD Conference and Fieldwork Fund, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, Spring 2015.
  • Partial scholarship for EURAC Summer School on Human Rights, Minorities and Diversity Management in Bolzano, Italy, 24 June-5 July 2013.

Affiliations and Research Group Memberships

  • Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN)
  • Ethnicity, Nationalism, and National Identity Network (ENNIN)

Other Activities

  • Associate Editor of MOUSEION Project Team 
  • Participant in EURAC Summer School on Human Rights, Minorities and Diversity Management in Bolzano/Bozen, Italy, 24 June-5 July 2013.