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Dr Clemence Scalbert-Yucel

Senior Lecturer in Ethnopolitics


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Member of the Centre for Kurdish Studies at IAIS

 I have studied geography at the University of Toulouse-Le Mirail, and political geography at the University of Marne-La-Vallée and Paris IV (France). I gained my PhD in Political Geography at the University of Paris IV- Sorbonne in 2005. My PhD thesis addressed the question of the development of a Kurdish field of literature in the context of language conflict in Turkey. I also graduated in Kurdish Language and Civilisation at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO) in Paris in 2003. I taught geography at the INALCO from 2003 to 2007, when I joined the University of Exeter.

I am member of the editorial board of the European Journal for Turkish Studies.

My research interests include the following:

- ethnicity and the fields of cultural production

- cultural heritage, space, and identity

- Kurdish literatures

- environment, ecological mobilisation, and rurality.

I mainly conduct research in Turkey, Kurdistan.

For a list of publications please see 'Other'

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Research interests

My research interests include the following: cultural heritage, space, and identity; environment and rurality ; ethnicity and the fields of cultural production; kurdish literatures

I am currently working on the following research :
• Back to the countryside: reconsidering contemporary rurality in Turkey through migration, ecology, and belonging

• Kurdish women literatures in translation, supported by an outreach and research grant by the British Institute for the study of Iraq.

I am member of the ERC Civil Wars Research Team.