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Ulrike Flader

Thesis working title - 'Struggle for a Livable Life. Everyday Resistance among the Kurdish Population in Turkey'.

Drawing on a Foucauldian understanding of power and resistance, my thesis explores different practices of everyday resistance, which the Kurdish population has developed against the policies of assimilation of the Turkish state. It grasps assimilation policies as a shifting network of laws, administrative regulations and practices, scientific and non-scientific discourses which aims at defining the normal citizen and thereby producing a national subject.

Drawing on a multi-site ethnographic fieldwork conducted in four locations in Turkey, my thesis illustrates the importance of everyday practices to counter these forms of governing how people identify and lead their lives. Nevertheless, this thesis goes beyond understanding everyday resistance as a strict alternative to organized politics and instead draws out the various ways in which everyday resistance and organized forms of politics intersect and foster each other.

It illustrates how everyday resistance complicates the distinctions between covert and overt, intentional and unintentional, public and private and aims at achieving de facto interventions into the effects of power, instead of making demands for a change in governmental politics.

Supervisors

  • Dr Nicholas Thoburn
  • Prof Nick Crossley

Education

2006

  • Diploma in Sociology (BA, MA); Political Science, History and International Law  (Minor), Hamburg University/Germany
  • MA Thesis on Judith Butler’s poststructural approach to the subject, power and resistance [German], Supervisor: Dr Antke Engel 

2008 - 2009

  • Visiting Post-Graduate at Ankara University/Turkey, Department of Political Science

Publications

Flader, Ulrike (2014) "The Kurdish Question in Turkey: New Perspectives on Violence, Representation and Reconciliation. Edited by Cengiz Gunes and Welat Zeydanlioglu, London, Routledge, 2014", Kurdish Studies 2 (1), pp. 80-83

Flader, Ulrike (2012) "Massenprozess statt Friedensbestrebungen. Zum derzeitigen KCK-Verfahren in der Türkei", Forum Wissenschaft (2) [Mass Trials instead of a Peace Process. The Current KCK-Trial in Turkey]

Flader, Ulrike (2007) Zur Lage einer kritischen Sozialwissenschaft. Neoliberale Dogmen und poststrukturalistische Theorie. In: Böttcher, Katharina/Flader, Ulrike/Gönen, Gerald/Kramer, Paul (Eds.) (2007). Wege zur Reflexion. Unbehagen – Aufklärung – Gesellschaftskritik, Hamburg: Verlag Dr Kovac

Böttcher, Katharina/Flader, Ulrike/Gönen, Gerald/Kramer, Paul (Eds.) (2007) Wege zur Reflexion. Unbehagen – Aufklärung – Gesellschaftskritik, Hamburg: Verlag Dr Kovac

Conference presentations

"Undermining subjectivation in the everyday: Kurdish children’s practices of subverting the national vow in Turkey", World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies 2014, Ankara/Turkey, 18-22 August 2014

"Struggle for a ‘Liveable Life’. Everyday Resistance against State Policies of Assimilation", BSA Annual Conference 2014: Changing Society, Leeds/UK, 23-25 April 2014

"Ambiguous Space of Kurdishness: The Role of the Home in Everyday Resistance of Kurds in Turkey", Ninth Nordic Conference on Middle Eastern Studies, "Everyday life in the Middle East", Lund/Sweden, 19-21 September 2013

"Encountering the ‘Faces of the State’: Everyday Resistance of Kurds in Turkey", PhD Conference: Creative Intentions, Manchester/UK, 25 June 2013

"Ambiguous Space of Kurdishness: The Role of the Home in Everyday Resistance of Kurds in Turkey", Social Movements Conference, Manchester/UK, 25-27 March 2013

"Everyday Resistance among the Kurdish Population in Turkey: Initial and Tentative Findings" at the Second International Conference on Kurdish Studies: "The Kurds and Kurdistan: Considering Continuity and Change", Exeter/UK, 6-8 September 2012

"PhD Research Project: Everyday Resistance Practices among the Kurdish Population in Turkey" at the Inaugural Postgraduate Conference of the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies: "Cultural Encounters: Researching Ethnicities, Identities, and Politics in a Globalised World", Exeter/UK, 21-22 May 2011

Teaching experience

I have taught as a teaching assistant on Qualitative Social Research Design and Methods (2013/14) and Media, Culture & Society (2012/13) at The University of Manchester and History of Social Theory (2006/07) and Introduction to Sociology (2006/07) at Hamburg University.

Besides this, I have given guest-lectures on the representation of Kurds in Turkish mainstream media for the Dr Paul Simpson’s course on Media, Culture & Society (First Year Module) and on important issues around doing ethnography for Dr Gemma Edwards’ Dissertation Lecture (Third Year Module), both University of Manchester, and worked as an instructor in English as a Foreign Language in Ankara/Turkey from 2007-2011.

Scholarships

2011-2013 PhD Studentship of the Department of Sociology, University of Manchester

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