Profile

Ugur Ümit Üngör (1980) gained his Ph.D. in 2009 (cum laude) at the University of Amsterdam. In 2008-09, he was Lecturer in International History at the Department of History of the University of Sheffield, and in 2009-10, he was Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for War Studies of University College Dublin. Currently he is Associate Professor at the Department of History at Utrecht University and Research Fellow at the Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam.

His main areas of interest are state formation and nation formation, with a particular focus on mass violence. These interests necessitate a commitment to inter-disciplinarity at the intersections of social science and history. His most recent publications include Confiscation and Destruction: The Young Turk Seizure of Armenian Property (Continuum, 2011) and the award-winning The Making of Modern Turkey: Nation and State in Eastern Anatolia, 1913-1950 (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Apart from his academic life, Ugur writes columns and essays about cosmopolitan life on and across political and cultural boundaries. His essays offer an attempt at placing current global issues and themes in serious and ironic perspectives.

Involved in the following study programme(s)
Scientific expertise
mass violence
ethnic conflict
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Curriculum vitae
 
Positions held
 
2014-: Associate Professor at the Department of History, Utrecht University
2011-: Research Fellow at NIOD: Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies (www.niod.nl)
2010-: Assistant Professor at the Department of History, Utrecht University
2009-2010: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Centre for War Studies (www.warstudies.ie), University College Dublin.
2008-2009: Lecturer in International History, University of Sheffield.
2005-2008: Staff member, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (www.chgs.nl)
 
 
Education
 
2005-2008: PhD in History, University of Amsterdam (cum laude)
2004-2005: MA in 'Holocaust and Genocide Studies', University of Amsterdam (cum laude).
2004: 'Nationalism, Ethnicity and Conflict' minor, Centre for Conflict Studies, Utrecht University.
2003: 'Genocide and Human Rights' university program, University of Toronto.
1999-2004: BA in Sociology, Groningen University.
1998-1999: Civil Engineering, Twente University
 
 
Awards
 
- Heineken Young Scientist Award, Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences, 27 September 2012.
Keetje Hodshon Prize, Royal Holland Society of Sciences, 1 July 2011.
National MA thesis prize, second prize, 30 January 2007.
University of Amsterdam annual MA thesis prize, first prize, 10 June 2006.
 
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All publications
  2015 - Professional publications
Ungor, Ugur (17.02.2015). Mass murder on YouTube - How should we look at Syrian video clips?. Your Middle East (3 p.).
  2015 - Other output
U.U. Ungor (28.01.2015). Interview.
  2014 - Scholarly publications
Ungor, Ugur & Gerwarth, Robert (2014). ??t???at????? ?p??????? ? ?at???e?s? t?? ???µa????? ?a? t?? ??st??????????: ??t???at???a? ?a? ? ????a???a t?? ß?a? sta d??d??a ???t?. ?p?st?µ? ?a? ???????a, 32, (pp. 17-58) (41 p.).
Ungor, Ugur & Lohr, Eric (2014). Confiscation and Violence - A Comparison of Ottoman and Russian Economic Persecution in World War I. Journal of Modern European History, 12 (4), (pp. 500-522) (23 p.).
Ungor, Ugur (2014). Cultural Genocide - Destruction of Material and Immaterial Human Culture. In Cathie Carmichael & Richard Maguire (Eds.), The Routledge History of Genocide (pp. chapter 17). London: Routledge.
Ungor, Ugur (2014). Genocide and the End of the Ottoman Empire. In Cathie Carmichael & Richard Maguire (Eds.), The Routledge History of Genocide London: Routledge.
Ungor, Ugur (2014). Hidden Genocides: Power, Knowledge, Memory. Genocide Studies International, 8 (3), (pp. 101-102) (2 p.).
Ungor, Ugur (2014). Lost in Commemoration - The Armenian Genocide in Memory and Identity. Patterns of prejudice, 48 (2), (pp. 147-166) (20 p.).
Ungor, Ugur (2014). Massamoord op YouTube. ZemZem, Tijdschrift over het Midden-Oosten, Noord-Afrika en de islam, 1, (pp. 99-105) (6 p.).
Ungor, Ugur (2014). Regimes of Ethnicity and Nationhood in Germany, Russia, and Turkey. International journal of Middle East studies, 46 (4), (pp. 833-835) (3 p.).
Ungor, Ugur (2014). Review of "The Act of Killing" by dir. Joshua Oppenheimer. H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Ungor, Ugur (2014). Theatres of Violence: Massacres, Mass Killing and Atrocity throughout History. European history quarterly, 44 (2), (pp. 319-321) (3 p.).
  2014 - Popularising publications
Ungor, Ugur (2014). Een iconische foto van de Armeense genocide. Aanzet, 29 (2), (pp. 35-38) (3 p.).
Ungor, Ugur (25.03.2014). Herinnering gewist. De Oorlogskranten, 13, (pp. 3) (1 p.).
  2014 - Other output
U.U. Ungor (01.05.2014). BBC Free Thinking.
U.U. Ungor (16.05.2014). BBC World Service interview.
U.U. Ungor (05.08.2014). Bureau Buitenland interview.
U.U. Ungor (12.08.2014). Interview.
U.U. Ungor (11.08.2014). NOS Radio 1, Dit is de dag (Amsterdam).
U.U. Ungor (21.11.2014). NRC Handelsblad, 21 November 2014, p.17. IS: bedreven in massamoord, slecht in oorlog.
U.U. Ungor (03.05.2014). NRC Handelsblad, 3 May 2014, p.O&D6. Anatomie van een Syrische massamoord.
  2013 - Scholarly publications
Ungor, U.U. (2013). A Straw Man, a Dead Horse, and a Genocide. In Armenian Review (Eds.), Armenian Review (pp. 79-92) (14 p.). Boston: AR.
Ungor, U.U. (2013). Against Massacre: Humanitarian Intervention in the Ottoman Empire. Journal of Social History, 38, (pp. 248-249) (2 p.).
Ungor, U.U. (2013). Genocide and Property: Root Cause or Concomitant Effect?. In B Ingelaere, S Parmentier, J Haers & B Segaert (Eds.), Genocide, Risk and Resilience: An Interdisciplinary Approach (pp. 178-189) (12 p.). London: Palgrave.
Ungor, U.U. (2013). Mass Violence in Syria: A Preliminary Analysis. Middle Eastern studies, 3, (pp. 1-22) (25 p.).
Ungor, U.U. (2013). Property and Family: Mobilisation for Violence during the Armenian Genocide. In 10, 4 TSEG (Eds.), Tijdschrift voor sociale en economische geschiedenis (pp. 96-118) (23 p.). Amsterdam: ISG.
Ungor, U.U. & Sarafian, A. (2013). The Diyarbekir Massacres and Kurdish Atrocities. (96 p.). London: Gomidas Institute.
  2012 - Scholarly publications
Ungor, U.U. (2012). De Armeense genocide, 1915. In W. ten Have (Eds.), Genocide: Educatieve Bundel Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  2011 - Scholarly publications
Ungor, U.U. (2011). ‘Turkey for the Turks’: Demographic Engineering in Eastern Anatolia, 1914-1945. In R.G. Suny, F.M. Göçek & N.N. Naimark (Eds.), A Question of Genocide, 1915: Armenians and Turks at the End of the Ottoman Empire (pp. 287-305) (19 p.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Ungor, U.U. & Polatel, M. (2011). Confiscation and Destruction: The Young Turk Seizure of Armenian Property. (224 p.). London / New York: Continuum.
Ungor, U.U. (2011). Disastrous Decade: Armenians and Kurds under Young Turk Rule, 1915-25. In J. Jongerden (Eds.), Diyar-i Bekir: Political, Religious, and Economic Changes and Developments between 1850 and 1910 Leiden: Brill.
Ungor, U.U. (2011). Fresh Understandings of the Armenian Genocide: Mapping New Terrain with Old Questions. In A Jones (Eds.), New Directions in Genocide Research (pp. 197-213) (17 p.). London: Routledge.
Ungor, U.U. (2011). Paramilitary Violence in the Collapsing Ottoman Empire, 1912-23. In R Gerwarth & J Horne (Eds.), Paramilitary Violence in Europe after the Great War, 1917-1923 Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Ungor, U.U. (2011). The Making of Modern Turkey: Nation and State in Eastern Anatolia, 1913-1950. (352 p.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  2007 - Scholarly publications
Ungor, U.U. (2007). Vervolging, Onteigening en Vernietiging: De Deportatie van Ottomaanse Armeniërs tijdens de Eerste Wereldoorlog. (120 p.). Soesterberg: Aspekt.
  0 - Other output
U.U. Ungor (0). Cogiscope vol.3, 2014. Genocidale samenlevingen.
 
Books
 
The Making of Modern Turkey: Nation and State in Eastern Anatolia, 1913-1950 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).
Confiscation and Destruction: The Young Turk Seizure of Armenian Property(London/New York: Continuum, 2011).
Vervolging, Onteigening en Vernietiging: De Deportatie van Ottomaanse Armeniërs tijdens de Eerste Wereldoorlog (Soesterberg: Aspekt, 2007).
 
 
Articles
 
- “Studying Mass Violence: Pitfalls, Problems and Promises”, in: Genocide Studies and Prevention, vol.7, no.1 (2012), pp.68-80.
- “Inleiding: Massaal Geweld in de Twintigste Eeuw”, in: Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis (guest editor on special issue on political violence).
- “Orphans, Converts, and Prostitutes: Social Consequences of War and Persecution in the Ottoman Empire, 1914-1923”, in: War in History, vol.19, no.2 (2012), pp.173-92.
- “Untying the Tongue-Tied: Ethnocide as Population Politics”, in: International Journal for the Sociology of Language, no.217 (2012), pp.127-50.
- “Collaboration in Genocide: Ottoman Empire, 1915-1916; Nazi-Occupied Baltic States, 1941-1944; and Rwanda, 1994”, co-authored with Anton Weiss-Wendt, in: Holocaust and Genocide Studies, vol.25, no.3 (2011), pp.404-37.
- “Team America: Genocide Prevention?”, in: Genocide Studies and Prevention, vol.6, no.1 (2011), pp.32-38.
- “Research Note: History and Memory in Inter-Ethnic and Inter-State Relations”, in: Ukraina Moderna, vol.9, no.4 (2009), pp.35-9.
- “Diyarbekir (1915-1916): Young Turk Mass Killings at the Provincial Level”, in: Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence, at: http://www.massviolence.org/ (25 March 2009), 18 pp..
- “Geographies of Nationalism and Violence: Towards a New Understanding of Young Turk Social Engineering”, in: European Journal of Turkish Studies(2008), at: http://www.ejts.org/document2583.html, 30 pp..
- “Seeing like a Nation-State: Young Turk Social Engineering in Eastern Turkey, 1913-1950”, in: Journal of Genocide Research, vol.10, no.1 (2008), pp.15-39.
- “When Persecution Bleeds into Mass Murder: the Processive Nature of Genocide”, in: Genocide Studies and Prevention, vol.1, no.2 (2006), pp.173-96.
- “‘Justifier l’injustifiable’: Ideologie en Genocide in Rwanda (1994)”, in: Vrede en Veiligheid, vol.33, no.3 (2004), pp.342-58.
 
 
Book chapters
 
- “Paramilitary Violence in the Collapsing Ottoman Empire, 1912-23”, in: Robert Gerwarth & John Horne (eds.), War in Peace: Paramilitary Violence in Europe after the Great War, 1917-1923 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), pp.164-83.
- “Disastrous Decade: Armenians and Kurds under Young Turk Rule, 1915-25,” in: Joost Jongerden (ed.), Diyar-i Bekir: Political, Religious, and Economic Changes and Developments between 1850 and 1910 (Leiden: Brill, 2012), pp.267-95.
- “New Understandings of the Armenian Genocide: Mapping New Terrain with Old Questions”, in: Adam Jones (ed.), New Directions in Genocide Research(London: Routledge, 2011), pp.198-213.
- “‘Turkey for the Turks’: Demographic Engineering in Eastern Anatolia, 1914-1945”, in: Ronald G. Suny & Fatma M. Göçek (eds.), A Question of Genocide, 1915: Armenians and Turks at the End of the Ottoman Empire (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), pp.287-305.
- “Genocide en lokale elites: over massaal geweld in Turkije, 1913-1918”, in: Ward Berenschot & Bert Schijf (eds.), Etnisch Geweld: Groepsconflict in de Schaduw van de Staat (Amsterdam: Boom, 2009), pp.27-52.
- “Seeing like a Nation-State: Young Turk Social Engineering in Eastern Turkey, 1913-1950”, in: Dominik J. Schaller & Jürgen Zimmerer (eds.), Late Ottoman Genocides: The Dissolution of the Ottoman Empire and Young Turkish Population and Extermination Policies (London: Routledge, 2009), pp.9-33.
- “Oorlog en Genocide in het Ottomaanse Rijk, 1912-1922”, in: Perry Pierik (ed.), Ten Oorlog (Soesterberg: Aspekt, 2009), pp.383-438.
 
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Paramilitarism, organized crime, and the state

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research VIDI Grant, € 865,000 Euro, 2014-2019

I am currently leading a research project that examines the involvement of paramilitaries in mass political violence. Paramilitarism refers to clandestine, irregular armed organizations that carry out illegal acts of violence against clearly defined civilian individuals or groups. It has immense importance for understanding the processes of political violence that are played out during ethnic conflicts, which often see the formation of paramilitary units that conduct counter-insurgency operations, scorched earth campaigns, and mass violence against civilians including mass murder. Pro-state paramilitaries appeared during the ethnic conflicts of the 1990s, e.g. in Serbia, Turkey, and Chechnya, and more recently in the Syrian civil war. This project examines the development of paramilitary groups in various conflicts as they emerged, functioned, and disappeared, and thereby aims to make a significant contribution to the scholarship on mass political violence.

Team members:

Iva Vukušic (MA), on Serb paramilitaries in the Yugoslav wars of succession.

Ayhan Isik (MA), on Turkish paramilitaries in the Turkish-Kurdish conflict.

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In the current academic year 2014-2015, I will be teaching the following course:

- Genocide na 1945 (block 4)
Conflict en ordening in de Levant (block 3)
 
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