Professor Christine Robins (formerly Allison)
BA (Oxon), Ph.D. (SOAS)
Director of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, Ibrahim Ahmed Professor of Kurdish Studies.
My main areas of interest are orality, literacy and popular culture across the Middle East and especially amongst the Kurds. Much of my written work has focused on the Yezidis, a Kurdish religious minority. I am currently preparing a book on discourses of memory in Kurdish communities. I also have a strong interest in the literary and cultural history of the Kurds of the former Soviet Union.
My core areas of PhD supervision are Kurmanji language and literature and popular culture and folklore in Kurdistan. I am also happy to co-supervise work on orality, folklore and popular cultures in other parts of the Middle East, and comparative studies where appropriate.
At MA level, I teach 'Critical Kurdish Studies' and lead 'Kurdish History and Politics' which are core modules for the MA in Kurdish studies. I also lead modules in Kurmanji language and a wider module on 'Studying the Middle East.' and convene a module on research methods for MA and PhD students.
At BA level, I teach not only Kurmanji language and 'Introduction to Kurdish Society and Culture' but also two wider Middle Eastern modules, 'Ethnography of the Middle East' and 'Folklore and Identity in the Middle East.'
I also lead the research project "The Worlds of Mandaean Priests," supported by the Arcadia Fund, with the Universities of Exeter and Leiden.
I regularly participate in The Middle East Humanities Cluster.
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My core areas of supervision are Kurmanji language and literature and popular culture and folklore in Kurdistan. I am also happy to co-supervise work on orality, folklore and popular cultures in other parts of the Middle East, and comparative studies where appropriate.
PhD research subjects I have supervised in Exeter include the following:
- Orientalism and Imperialism: Protestant missionary narratives of the 'other' in nineteenth and early twentieth century missions to Kurdistan - a case study
- The Discourse of Early Kurdish Newspapers
- Women's Medicine in the Diyarbakir Area (Eastern Turkey)
- Folkloric Song in Badinan (Iraqi Kurdistan)
- The Doms (gipsy musicians) of Kurdistan
I have supervised:
Luqman Turgut - 'L’épopée de Cembelî et la tradition des mitirb' DREA (Masters) dissertation, Inalco 2002.
Zubeida Abdulkhaliq - ‘L’histoire du journalisme kurde dans la région de Badinan (Kurdistan d’Irak) après 1991, DREA dissertation, Inalco 2004.
I have co-supervised:
Zubeida Abdulkhaliq - ‘Le journalisme kurde au Kurdistan irakien’ DEA (pre-doctorate) dissertation, Paris III, 2005.
Engin Sustam - 'La reconstruction de la littérature et la performance de l’art contemporain kurdes dans le contexte de migration politique forcée des années post-1990 en Turquie' , Masters 2, EHESS, 2006.
- ARA2156 - Kurdish 2 (Sorani)
- ARA2157 - Kurdish 2 (Kurmanji)
- ARA3152 - Folklore and Identity in the Middle East
- ARAM190 - Research Methods Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
- ARAM215 - Studying the Contemporary Middle East
After a BA degree in Classics and French at Magdalen College, Oxford, I studied Kurdish at SOAS. My Ph.D thesis on oral traditions amongst the Yezidis of Iraq was submitted in 1996, and followed by a British Academy postdoctoral fellowship at SOAS (1997-2001). I was then tenured lecturer (maître de conférences) in Kurdish at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO), Paris, before taking up the post of Ibrahim Ahmed professor of Kurdish studies in Exeter's new Centre of Kurdish studies in 2007.