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Dr Clemence Scalbert-Yucel

Research Interests

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

Currently, I am working on the following research :

  • Back to the countryside: reconsidering contemporary rurality in Turkey through migration, ecology, and belonging  
  • I am completing an edited book on Cultural Policies in Turkey (with Muriel Girard and Jean-Francois Polo)


I have previously been a member of the following funded research projects.

  • ANR Conflits-TIP - "From cultural Friction to armed struggle. Thresholds, scales and modalities of conflicts (Turkey, Iran, Pakistan), coordinated by Gilles Dorronsoro, University Paris 1 - Sorbonne (2007-2010)
  • RAMSES Project "Reconciliation and Memory in the Greek-Turkish Conflict: non-state actors and dynamics", coordinates by Alexandre Toumarkine, Institut Francais d'Etudes Anatoliennes (Istanbul) (2007-2008)
  • ANR Transtur 
  • ANR Transfaire 


My doctoral and post-doctoral research dealt with the Kurdish literary field, and the interplay of literatures and politics. I have organised a comparative workshop on the Field of minority literature at the University of Exeter in 2008. The workshop was followed by the publication of  a special issue of Nationalities Papers (2012) on the question of the autonomy of small literature.

Research Supervision

I am happy to supervise students working on the following areas:

- Field of cultural production, identity politics, and development in Turkey and Kurdistan

- Heritage policies, space and identity in Turkey and Kurdistan

- Sociological and geographical approaches to Kurdish literature

- Rurality & Ecology in Turkey and Kurdistan

I am also happy to co-supervise similar researches on other parts of the Middle East, and comparative studies where appropriate.


Research Students

Currently I am supervising:

Francesco Marilungo (Representations of Diyarbakir in Kurdish and Turkish contemporary literature)

Kerrie Bramhall (PhD student researching the Memory of migration among internally displaced Kurdish youth)

Christian Sinclair (TRT6 and its audiences)

Yaser Ali (Identity Discourses in Bahdinani Literature)

Gizem Kahraman (In Search for Architectural Identity in the Contemporary Gulf: Informal and Formal Appropriations of

Traditional Architecture in the Gulf)

Schluwa Sama ('Economic Restructuring in Iraqi Kurdistan and its Effects on People's Everyday Life')