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Ayhan Isik is working at Utrecht University as a PhD Candidate within the NWO-funded VIDI project titled "Paramilitarism, Organized Crime and the State", led by Dr. Ugur Ümit Üngör since April 2015.

He finished undergraduate and master’s degree at the Department of History at Istanbul Bilgi University. His master’s thesis was about Kurdish and Armenian Relations in the Ottoman Kurdish Press (1898-1914) at Istanbul Bilgi University Institute of Social Science Master of Arts in History, in July 2014. He is a co-founder and an editorial board member of Toplum ve Kuram (Theory and Society: Kurdish Studies) Journal. He participated in an oral history project, Göç Hikayeleri: (The Stories of Migration) carried out by Göç-Der (Migration Association in Istanbul) between October 2007 and June 2008. He is also a member of the Kurdology Studies Group, which was formed to transcribe Ottoman texts into modern Turkish. He was co-author of the book The Unspoken Truth: Enforced Disappearances, the research of the Truth Justice Memory Center, June 2013. He is a co-founder of ZAN Institute for Social, Political and Economic Studies that is based in Diyarbakir and  he is also a co-founder of Kurdish Studies at Istanbul Bilgi University in fall of 2013.  His research interests include Kurdish Movement, Turkish education system, oral history, forced migration and forced disappearances, Kurdish and Armenian relations in the late Ottoman Empire, Modern Kurdish and Turkish history, mass violence and Turkish state politics.  

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Curriculum vitae

 

Ayhan ISIK

 

Education

2015-2019       PhD in Department of History and Art History - Political History, Utrecht University

                        Thesis: Turkish Paramilitaries in the Turkish-Kurdish conflict during 1980-2000, supervising by Assoc. Prof.  Ugur Ümit Üngör and Prof. Dr. Ido de Haan

2012-2014       Master of Arts in History, Istanbul Bilgi University, Institute of Social Sciences

                        Thesis: Kurdish and Armenian Relations in the Ottoman Kurdish Press (1898-1914), supervised by Prof. Dr. Bülent Bilmez

2007-2012       B.A. in History, Istanbul Bilgi University

                        Thesis: The Turkish National Education System and District Primary Boarding Schools As a Social Engineering Project, supervised by Prof. Dr. Bülent Bilmez

  

Language Skills

  • Kurdish: Mother Tongue 
  • Turkish: Native
  • English: Advanced 
  • Dutch: Beginner
  • Ottoman Turkish: Able to read  

 

Research Interests

  • Kurdish Studies
  • Kurdish Movement
  • Forced migration in Turkey/Kurdistan,
  • Enforced Disappearances in Turkey/Kurdistan
  • Civil War and Conflict Studies
  • Oral History
  • Modern History of Turkey
  • Kurdish-Armenian Relations in the Late Ottoman
  • Turkish Education System and Kurdish Children
  • Mass Violence and Paramilitaries

 

Work Experience

2009-2010      Office Staff in the Student Affairs of Istanbul Bilgi University.

2010-2011      Member of the Work Group forming the Archive of Literature in Istanbul Bilgi University.

2012-2013      Worked as researcher in Hafiza Merkezi (Truth, Justice and Memory Studies Center), http://www.hakikatadalethafiza.org

2013-2015      Worked as library manager in Ismail Besikci Research Library in Ismail Besikci Foundation, http://ismailbesikcivakfi.org

2015-present Working at Utrecht University as a PhD Candidate within the NWO-funded VIDI project titled "Paramilitarism, Organized Crime and the State", since April 2015.

 

Academic Activities 

2007-present   Member of Kürdoloji Çalismalari Grubu (Kurdish Studies Group) in Ottoman Archives.

2008-present   Co-Founder and Co-Editor at Toplum ve Kuram Dergisi (Journal of Society and Theory: Kurdish Studies) since May 2008.

 May 2010      The Presentation of “Kürtlerde Sözlü Tarih Çalisma Örnekleri”(Practices of Oral History Studies among Kurds) at Özgür University on 27 May.

May 2010       Presentation of the paper, “Kürtlerin Sosyal Bilimlere Dahil Olmasi ve Sosyal Bilimlerin Kürtlere Açilmasi, Toplum ve Kuram Dergisi Deneyimi” Inclusion of the Kurds in Social Sciences and ‘Opening’ of Social Sciences to the Kurds, the Experience of Toplum ve Kuram) in The Congress of Sociology Students held in Van Yüzüncü Yil University on 5-7 May.

June 2011       Organization Committee Member of the Kürt Çalismalari Platformu (Kurdish Studies Platform), two day long seminars and discussions convened in Sumerpark, Diyarbakir on 25-26 June. 

June 2012       Organization Committee Member of the Kürt Çalismalari Platformu (Kurdish Studies Platform), two day long seminars and discussions convened in Sumerpark, Diyarbakir on 23-24 June. 

Nov. 2012       Author of the article, “Hestî ya da Adaletin Mahrumiyeti” (Bone or Deprivation of Justice) published on 12 November.    http://bianet.org/biamag/insan-haklari/142329-hesti-ya-da-adaletin-mahrumiyeti

June 2013       Organization Committee Member of the Kürt Çalismalari Platformu (Kurdish Studies Platform), two day long seminars and discussions convened in Sumerpark, Diyarbakir on 15-16 June.

2013-Present  Co-Founder of Kürdoloji Çalisma Birimi (Kurdish Studies Unit) at Bilgi University.

 April 2014      Organization Committee Member of the 1990’larda Kürtler ve Kürdistan Konferansi (Conference on Kurds and Kurdistan in the 1990s) in Istanbul, Bilgi University, on 26-27 April.

 June 2014       Organization Committee Member of the Kürt Çalismalari Konferansi II (Kurdish Studies Conference II) in Istanbul, Bogaziçi University on 7-8 June.

 Oct. 2014             Organization Committee Member of the 1915, Diyarbekir ve Kürtler Semypozyumu (Symposium of 1915, Diyarbekir And Kurds) in Istanbul, Bilgi University on 25 October.

 Oct. 2014        Co-Founder of ZAN Sosyal, Siyasal ve Iktisadi Arastirmalar Enstitüsü (Institute for Social, Political and Economic Studies), this foundation is continuation of Toplum ve Kuram Dergisi (Journal of Society and Theory) and will make studies about Kurds, Armenians, Alevi and related issues, on 18 October. http://zanenstitu.org/

 

Workshops and Projects

2007-2008       Participated in an oral history project, Göç Hikayeleri: (The Stories of Migration) carried out by Göç-Der (An association engaging in ameliorating the problems of the Kurds who were forcefully replaced during 1990s in Turkey) between October 2007 and June 2008.

 Jan. 2008        Participation Certificate from The Center of Developing Civil Society for the project “The Training on Project Cycle for Non-Governmental Organizations” between 17-20 January.

 June 2009       Participated in an oral history project coordinated by Ottoman Bank Museum and Sabanci University between 31 January-6 June 2009,and a paper titled “Etnik Ayrimcilik Örnegi Olarak Tuzla Tersaneleri: Ucuz Isgücü ve Dislama Pratikleri” (The Docks of Tuzla as an example of Ethnic Discrimination, Cheap Labor force and Exclusion Practices) was presented on 6 June 2009.

 March 2010    Attended the meeting Criminal Execution and Civil Society, “The Life in the F-Type High Security Penal Institutions: The problems of Convicts, Detainees and Personnel and Quest for Solutions,” held in Ankara the House of Judge on 30 March. The article on the meeting, The Views on the Meeting in Ankara, Istanbul: Cisst Publication, June 2010, pp:114-115

 Nov. 2014       Participated in a roundtable meeting coordinated by Istanbul Bilgi University and Democratic Progress Institute “The Role of Language, Identity and the Media in Conflict Resolution” at Istanbul Bilgi University in Istanbul on 8 November 2014.

Dec. 2014        Participated in a roundtable meeting coordinated by Friedrich Naumann Foundation and Tarih Vakfi  "Unutmak ve Hatirlamak: Türkiye’de Hafiza Kültürü ve Hafiza Politikalari" (Forget and Remember: Memory Culture and Memory Politics in Turkey) in Heybeliada, Istanbul on 5-6 December 2014.

 

Participations and Presentations in Academic Conferences

March 2013    Presentation of “Cografyanin Kürt Ulusunun Söylemsel Insasindaki Yeri” (Place of Geography in Discursive Construction of the Kurdish Nation), Publication of Rojî Kurd in the Centenary the Conference of Ottoman Kurdish Press at Bilgi University on 16 March.

 May 2013        The Moderator of Kürt Çalismalari Konferansi (Kurdish Studies Conference) at Bilgi University on 25 May. http://www.bilgi.edu.tr/tr/haberler-ve-etkinlikler/haber/2535/kurt-calsmalar-konferans/

 Dec. 2014        Presentation of“Bir Asimilasyon Projesi: Türkiye’de Yatili Ilkögretim Bölge Okullari” (An Assimilation Project: District Primary Boarding Schools)at Bilgi University in Center for Sociology and Education Studies/SEÇBIR on 17 December 2014.

 March 2016    Presentation of “Paramilitarism and Turkish State in 1990s” in the workshop titled: Paramilitarism and the State in the 1990s at NIOD Institute in Amsterdam on 14 March 2016.

 

Theses 

  • Undergraduate Thesis: Istanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Arts and Sciences the Department of History, The Turkish National Education System and District Primary Boarding Schools as a Social Engineering Project, 25 January, 2012.
  • Master’s Thesis: Istanbul Bilgi University Institute of Social Science Master of Arts in History, Kurdish and Armenian Relations in the Ottoman Kurdish Press (1898-1914), 18 July 2014.

 

Articles Published in Journals, Books and Websites

  • Contribution for the book, Göç Hikayeleri (Migration Stories) prepared by Göç-Der (An association engaging in ameliorating the problems of the Kurds who were forcefully replaced during 1990s in Turkey), in June 2008, in Istanbul.
  • Co-author of the article with Serap Altun, Harun Ercan, Onur Öztürk and Mehmet Polatel, “Türkiye’de Neoliberalizm, Kürt Meselesi ve Tuzla Tersaneler Bölgesi” (Neoliberalism in Turkey, Kurdish Issue and Docks in Tuzla, Istanbul), published in Toplum ve Kuram, Spring 2009, No. 1, pp:119-188 
  • Author of the book review, “Kuslar Bile Yoktu” (Even the Birds Are Gone), an interview in the book Migration Stories The Ones Who Know the Pain Do Not Hurt Anybody, AgosBook/Kirk, September 2009, No. 11, pp.14-15
  • Author of the article, “Sözlü Tarih ve Kürtlerde Sözlü Tarih Çalisma Örnekleri” (Practices of Oral History Studies Among Kurds), Toplum ve Kuram, Fall 2009, No. 2, pp:175-193 
  • Participated in the transcription of the document from Ottoman language to Turkish language, “Kürdistan Malûmâti” (The Information on Kurdistan), in Toplum ve Kuram, Spring-Summer 2010, No. 3, pp. 217-230.
  • Contributor for the publication below as a translator and discussant from Ottoman language to Turkish and Kurdish: Osmanli Kürdistani (Ottoman Kurdistan), Kurdish History Research I. Kurdology Studies Group, Istanbul, May 2011, BGST Yayinlari
  • Co-author of the article with Serhat Arslan, “Bir Asimilasyon Projesi: Yatili Ilkögretim Okullari” (An Assimilation Project: The District Boarding Schools in Turkey), published in Toplum ve Kuram , Spring 2012, No. 6-7, pp:107-141
  • Author of the article, “Kürtlerin Sosyal Bilimlerdeki Yer(sizlig)i” (Place[lessness] of Kurds in Social Sciences), Tîroj, September-October, 2012, No:58, pp:16-18
  • Contributor for the publication below as a translator and discussant from Ottoman language to Turkish and Kurdish: Rojî Kurd 1913, Kurdology Studies Group, Istanbul, Kurdish Institute Publications, March 2013. 
  • Author of the article, “12 Eylül Askeri Darbesi ve Metris Cezaevi” (12 September Military Coup and the Metris Prison), Toplum ve Kuram, Spring-2013, No: 8, pp. 41-48
  • Translation of the article, “Kürdistan Isçi Partisi ve Türkiye’de Yeni Sol: PKK’nin Haki Karer’i Anma Metniyle Türkiye’deki Devrimci Hareketin Analizi” (Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the New Left in Turkey: Analysis of Revolutionary Movement in Turkey through PKK’s Memorial Text for Haki Karer), Toplum ve Kuram, Spring-2013, No: 8, pp. 321-345
  • Co-author of the book with Özgür Sevgi Göral and Özlem Kaya, Konusulmayan Gerçek: Zorla Kaybetmeler (The Unspoken Truth: Enforced Disappearances), the research of the Truth Justice Memory Center, June 2013. http://hakikatadalethafiza.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Konusulmayan-Gercek_ENG.pdf
  • Author of the article, “Kürt Teavün ve Terakki Cemiyeti ve Gazetesi”(Kurdish Solidarity and Progress Association and Newspaper), Kürt Tarihi, August-September 2013, No: 8, pp. 45-49
  • Author of the article, “Geç Dönem Osmanli’da Kürt-Ermeni Iliskileri”(Kurdish-Armenian Relations in the Late Ottoman Empire), January 2014, http://toplumvekuram.com/gec-donem-osmanlida-kurt-ermeni-iliskileri-ayhan-isik/
  • Author of the article, “1990’larda Devletin “Sivil Siyaseti” Olarak Zorla Kaybetmeler” (Enforced Disappearances as "Civil Politics" of the [Turkish] State in the 1990s), Toplum ve Kuram, Spring-2014, No: 9, pp. 43-52
  • Author of the article, “Izlenimler: Kuslar Bile Yoktu” (Observations: Even the Birds Are Gone), about the forced migration of Kurds in 1990s. Toplum ve Kuram, Spring-2014, No: 9, pp. 277-302
  • Co-editor of the book with Bülent Bilmez, Ronayi Önen and Tahir Baykusak, 1990'larda Kürtler ve Kürdistan (Kurds and Kurdistan in 1990s) Istanbul Bilgi University Press, May 2015 
  • Author of the article, “Ittihatçi Bir Kürd Abdullah Cevdet”(A Unionist Kurd Abdullah Cevdet), Kürt Tarihi, July-August 2016, No: 25, pp. 31-39

 

References

  • Assoc. Prof.  Ugur Ümit Üngör: +31 30 253 3033 Utrecht University Faculty of Humanity Department of History and Art History - Political History: Drift 6, Room 1.11, 3512 BS Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Prof. Dr.  Bülent Bilmez:  +90 212 311 7641   Bilgi University Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of History Santral Campus: E-2, 308, Istanbul, Turkey

 

 

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Drift 6
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3512 BS  UTRECHT
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Last updated 14.06.2017