Associate Professor Christine Robins (formerly Allison)
BA (Oxon), Ph.D. (SOAS)
Ibrahim Ahmed Professor of Kurdish Studies.
Please note that I am on research leave during the academic year 2019-2020.
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 Ezidis or Yezidis, a Kurdish-speaking religious minority. I am currently preparing a book on discourses of memory in Kurdish communities, which brings approaches from linguistic anthropology (especially folkloristics and the ethnography of speaking) to memory studies. I also have a strong interest in the literary and cultural history of the Kurds of the former Soviet Union and in endangered religious minorities such as the Ezidis and Mandaeans.
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 Kurdish History and Politics for the Kurdish Studies pathway. I also contribute to other modules.
At undergraduate level, I teach Kurmanji language (where possible); Kurdish History and Politics and contribute to courses on ethnography and folklore, especially the Arabian Nights.
I led the research project "The Worlds of Mandaean Priests," supported by the Arcadia Fund, with the Universities of Exeter and Leiden.
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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.
I have been lead, second or joint supervisor in Exeter for the following completed theses:
- Orientalism and Imperialism: Protestant missionary narratives of the 'other' in nineteenth and early twentieth century missions to Kurdistan - a case study
- Imagination: The Making of Kurdish national Identity in the Kurdish Journalistic Discourse (1898-1914)
- Women's Medicine in the Diyarbakir Area (Eastern Turkey)
- Folkloric Song in Badinan (Iraqi Kurdistan)
- The Badinani Short Story
- The Iraqi Kurdish Novel, 1970-2011: A Genetic-Structuralist Approach
- The Emergence and Development of Modern Kurdish Poetry
- Face Mask and Identity in the Persian Gulf: The Case of the United Arab Emirates and Qeshm Island of Iran
- 'Sal ba sal xozgam ba par, year after year I wish for the previous year': Examining Impacts of Interventions in Narratives of People from Slemani, then and now
- Exile is Arrival: Kurdish Poetry of the Nineteenth Century
I am first, second or joint supervisor for the following ongoing thesis subjects:
- The Doms (peripatetic musicians) of Kurdistan
- Changes in Gender Roles among Ezidis of Iraq frollowing the Genocide of 2014
- Identity Politics in the Kurdish Intersectional Struggle
- The Poetry of Abdullah Goran
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.