Dr Ipek Demir

Associate Professor

Room: Attenborough Tower 505
Tel: +44 (0)116 252-2752
Email: id34@le.ac.uk

Personal details

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (HPS, Cambridge)
MA, PhD (Sussex)
BA (Ankara)

My research is focused on the fields of Ethnic and Radical Studies, Migration and Diaspora.

I have contributed to the field of diaspora studies, transnationalism and Kurdish and Turkish studies by using the conceptual tools and insight on translation and conflict which my PhD and post-doc at provided.

My current work sits at the intersections of the fields of diaspora studies, ethno-politics, race and identity, nationalism, indigeneity, global politics as well as social and critical thought. During my AHRC fellowship, for example, I developed a new and innovative perspective on diaspora by employing the insights of translation studies, and examined the movement of ideas, practices and ethno-political identities across space and time. I am especially interested in how diasporic groups like the Kurds in Europe revive ethno-political identity ‘at a distance’, and how they translate, foreignise and cosmopolitanise Europe and also shape homeland politics. The content of my work has been critical, interdisciplinary and with global orientation and transnational ethos.

My previous research has also examined the relationship between translation, interdisciplinarity, trust, knowledge and data-sharing. In particular, I have investigated the theoretical and philosophical dimensions of border-making, conflict, and translation and interaction across the boundaries of knowledge communities.

Current administrative duties

  • School REF Impact Lead
  • School Research Strategy Committee
  • College REF Impact Commitee

Teaching

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

I was voted Academic of the Year for the College of Social Sciences in recognition of my engaging, innovative and supportive teaching. The award was based on nominations received from students during the 'I Love My Academic' campaign run by the Student Union.

I was awarded funding as part of the Teaching Enhancement Project Stream B: Supporting New Learning, Teaching and Assessment Activities. The project was entitled 'Reaching Decisions Together: Participating in a Citizen Jury'.

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

  • Supervision of Masters theses
  • 'Kurdish Politics and Society: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives'

This three-day intensive summer school focused on Kurdish politics and society.

It was the first-ever Kurdish Studies Summer School and brought together scholars, postgraduate students and community advocates.

You can find out more information about the second Kurdish Studies Summer School at the Kurdish Institute, Paris in July 2017.

Publications

Articles

  • Demir, Ipek (2008) 'Incommensurabilities in the Work of Thomas Kuhn', Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 39(1), March, pp. 133-142.

Book chapters

Edited book

  • Bhambra, Gurminder K. and Demir, Ipek (2009) 'Introduction', in Bhambra, Gurminder K. and Demir, Ipek (eds.) 1968 in Retrospect: History, Theory, Alterity (Palgrave Macmillan), pp. xi-xix.

Translated

  • Demir, Ipek "Diáspora en contienda: Cómo los kurdos de Turquía reviven, construyen y traducen la lucha kurda en Londres" ISTOR, Revista de historia internacional, Año XVI, número 67, otoño 2017.

Recent other

  • Demir, Ipek (2015) 'Diaspora' entry for Global Social Theory Dictionary.
  • Demir, Ipek (2016) 'Memleket: Is it Turkey or Haringey?' in Dilop, pp 30-31.
  • Demir, Ipek (2016) 'Kurdish and Turkish communities in London: From ‘economic immigrants’ to ‘political diasporas’?’ in Turkish Area Studies Review, 28, pp. 28-32.
  • Demir, Ipek (2017) ‘Brexit as a backlash against ‘loss of privilege’ and multiculturalism’ in Discover Society, Issue 41, February.

Research

  • ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (PI) HPS, University of Cambridge (2006)
  • AHRC Fellowship (PI) 'Diasporic Brokers: Reviving and Translating Kurdish Culture in London'  (2012 and 2013)
  • Senior Research Fellow on an EU FP7 project 'BioSHaRE-EU: Biobank Standardisation and Harmonisation for Research Excellence in the European Union' (2012)

External research profile

Keynotes and invited talks and workshops (since 2013)

Keynotes
  • June 2016 Closing Keynote Lecture ‘Futures of Multiculturalism and Cosmopolitanism’ at Institute of Historical Research Annual Conference: '950th Anniversary of 1066: A Millenium(ish) of Immigration, Integration, and Invasion'
  • February 2016 'Translation and the Policing the Borders of Cultures and Disciplines' University of Hull
Invited talks and seminars
  • March 2017 ‘Global Sociology and Decoloniality’, CRASSH, University of Cambridge
  • February 2017 ‘Diasporic Cosmopolitanism and Translation’ Translation Studies Unit, University of Leicester
  • October 2016 ‘Rethinking Cosmopolitanism, Multiculturalism and Brexit’, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • October 2016 ‘“I want my country back”: Cosmopolitanism, Multiculturalism and Brexit?’ Ustinov College, Global Citizenship Programme, University of Durham
  • April 2016 ‘Kurdish and Turkish communities from Turkey: From ‘economic immigrants’ to ‘political diasporas’?’ BATAS Spring Symposium, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge
  • April 2016 'Diaspora and Translation: Conceptual Borrowings', BSA Postgraduate Forum, Aston University, Birmingham
  • November 2015 ‘Shedding an Ethnic Identity in Diaspora: De-Turkification and the Kurdish Diaspora in London’ University of Essex Departmental Seminar
  • December 2015 'Diasporic Cosmopolitanism of Europe's Kurds' University of Cologne, Germany
  • January 2015 ‘Translating Kurdish Diaspora’ at the University of Central Florida, USA
  • April 2014 ‘Kurdish and Turkish communities in the UK’ University of Bilgi, Istanbul
  • October 2013 ‘Translating and transforming Kurdishness in Diaspora’ Panel on ‘'Othering' and Kurds: Exploring Displacement, Belonging, and Resistance’, MESA Panel, New Orleans, USA
  • November 2013 'Salvaging and Translating Ethno-Political Identity in Diaspora', Cultural Communities, Cosmopolitanism and Citizenship Research Group at the University of Loughborough
  • November 2013 'Diasporic Cosmopolitanism' at Connexions Cosmopolites, University of Barcelona
Invited/funded workshops
  • February 2017 ‘Diasporic Brokers’ in Conceptualising Brokerage: Mediating Diversity, Migration and Development, Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • November 2016 Roundtable on ‘The Practice of Public Sociology’ Manchester Digital Library
  • September 2016 ‘From self-identified "Turkish migrants" to a "Kurdish diaspora". Workshop on the journey in London', ‘Counting our losses: the politics of loss and social transformation in the context of migration and displacement in Turkey’, London
  • June 2016 ‘A View from the Global South in Europe: Diasporic Cosmopolitanism of European Kurds’, Workshop on the Conceptual (Re-) Locations of the Global South, University of Cologne
  • November 2015 Roundtable on ‘Race and Superdiversity: What are the Links?’ Institute for Research into Superdiversity, University of Birmingham
  • February 2016 Workshop on ‘Postcolonial Studies: Interdisciplinarity and Knowledge Claims Roundtable’, University of Warwick
  • June 2014 ‘Middle Eastern Stateless Diasporas’ Workshop, University of Oxford
  • January 2014 ‘Diasporas and International Politics’ workshop (ERC funded), University of Warwick
  • December 2013 Session organiser for ‘Diasporas, Multiculturalism and European Identity’ at the ESF funded workshop on ‘The Crisis of European Cosmopolitanism in the Age of Austerity’

Supervision

I am keen to supervise doctoral students on issues concerning the Kurdish and Turkish diasporas as well as on topics encompassing nationalism, ethnic identity, ethno-politics, translation of ethic identity and representation.

Current PhD students:

1. Sagar Sonawane

PhD Title: Indian Diaspora: A Comparative Perspective'

India (Government of Maharashtra) Scholarship

2. Gemma Mitchell

PhD Title: 'How do experts navigate and translate risk knowledges in the 'risk society?' A case study of child and family social care'

College of Social Science Scholarship

3. Asmali Sulaiman

PhD Title: 'Inventing Apps: The case of the incubatees at iCentre Brunei'

The Government of Brunei Darussalam Scholarship

4. Pam Wilson

PhD Title: 'Polarisation and shared space in Turkey'

Kurdish Studies Summer School 2016

5. Aynur Unal

Completed PhD Students:

1. Taghreed El-Hajj

PhD Title: 'Negotiating the social risks of premarital sex among university students in Beirut'

Scholarships: Open Society Foundation, Ford Foundation, Azm and Saade Association

2. David Straw

Human Rights in Turkey

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