BA (Baskent University School of Law, Ankara, Turkey) MA (Sungkonghoe University Department of Sociology, Seoul, South Korea) PhD Candidate (University of Aberdeen, Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law)

I came to Aberdeen in September 2012 to do a PhD research, almost two years after completing an MA course (Maters of Arts in Inter-Asia NGO Studies) at Sungkonghoe University in South Korea in 2010. I practiced law before and after the MA course, in Istanbul, Turkey, where I worked as a private attorney just after my graduation from the School of Law at Baskent University between 2003-2009 and 2011-2012 August. Although my main interest and experience areas were Human Rights Law, Labour Law, Constitutional Law and Administrative Law, I had the chance to take many cases in Civil, Criminal and Commercial Law as well.

My main interest area in the ongoing PhD research is political theory; the social contract, multiculturalism, political community, sovereignty, citizenship, nationalism and constitution-making, are particular themes and components of my research. Understanding the ways and mechanisms in which political authority justifies (not legitimize) itself, as well as searching for alternative ideas and practices of social and political organization are the main objectives of the ongoing research. My PhD research focuses on the Kurdish Question in Turkey. The root causes of the Kurdish Question, the ongoing constitution-making process in Turkey that has identified solving the Kurdish Question as one of its objectives, constitutional drafts prepared by major political parties and their approach to the Kurdish Question are analysed and critiqued. Multiculturalism, democratic autonomy declarations of the Kurdish political movement, and urban citizenship are discussed, in the framework of contemporary political and constitutional theory in the West, as alternative solutions to the Kurdish Issue.

Publications

Upcoming: Dengbêjs on borderlands. Borders and the state as seen through the eyes of Kurdish singer-poets

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