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Orkide Izci, M.A.

Orkide Izci, M.A.

Alumni / Ph.D. Candidate

Areas of research and interest

Feminist studies, Kurdish studies, migration studies, transitional law


LMU München
Institut für Ethnologie
Oettingenstr. 67
80538 München

Fax: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 9602

LMU Munich, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology &
University of Padua, Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology

Thesis title: ‘Home as a concept of belonging(s): Narratives of Three Generations of Kurdish Women in Diaspora(s)’

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Franca Bimbi and Prof. Dr. Martin Sökefeld

Brief Synopsis of Research:

The thesis analyzes the meanings of home(s) found in the biographical narratives of three-generations of Kurdish women who come from Turkey and live in diaspora(s). The sociological analysis of ‘de- territoriality’ and displacement is guided by the issue of how displaced populations deal with questions of ‘home’ as a concept of belonging(s) such as origin, homeland, nation, diaspora, and the host country. This thesis aims to show the sense of home from the viewpoint of diasporas created by refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers and collocates itself in the category of studies on the sense of home in diaspora where “home is within and beyond the house” (Blunt and Dowling, 2006).

Academic Career

  • M.A. in Mass Media and Politics 2013, University of Bologna, School of Political Sciences
  • ‘Overseas’ Study Abroad Program 2011-2012, University of Missouri – Columbia, USA, School of Political Sciences & School of Journalism
  • B.A. in International Relations 2010, University of Bologna, School of Political Sciences

Conference Papers

  • Izci, O., Making and Remaking Home at Refugee Camps: Everyday Life Practices of Kurdish Women – Convegno Mondi Migranti. (Milan – January 2018)
  • Izci, O., Food and Gender: Three Generations of Kurdish Women in Diaspora(s). AIS Settimana della Sociologia - Tra tradizione e innovazione. Culture del Vino e del Cibo. (Padua- October 2017)
  • Izci, O., Kurdish Cultural Mediation and Expertise: A Gendered Perspective. 13th Conference of the European Sociological Association. (Athens-September 2017)
  • Izci, O., Freedom of Expression in Turkey: A Historical Perspective. Multilevel protection of Human Rights Workshop. (Antalya, May 2014)