Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University

Pınar Dinç is a visiting research fellow, funded by the Swedish Institute, at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University. She is currently working on a research paper, “Selected Statelessness: The Case of Rojava Cantons”.

Pınar has received her PhD degree in Political Science at the Department of Government, London School of Economics in January 2017. Her PhD dissertation, Collective memory and competition over identity in a conflict zone: the case of Dersim, explores the causes and mechanisms of ongoing competition over the nature of national identity through a case study of Dersim, a southern province in Turkey.

A Sociology graduate from Istanbul Bilgi University in 2007, she then studied for a MA in Comparative Studies in History and Society at Koc University. In her master’s thesis, she focused on the wider historical Greek–Turkish conflict and the ‘reciprocal’ nature of discrimination against non-Muslim minorities and minority foundations in Turkey, as well as the laden interpretation of non-Muslim minorities as internal enemies in the Turkish mindset. The findings of her master’s thesis were published in Nations and Nationalism in 2012. Pinar also received a second Master’s degree in Qualitative Research Methods from the LSE.

Her research interests lie in the areas of nationalism, ethnicity, citizenship, social movements, diaspora, and collective memory. More recently, she has been involved in research on the relationship between conflict and environmental damage across the Middle East, populism in a global context, and the Syrian refugee crisis affecting Turkey, Europe, and the relationship between Turkey and the European Union at large. She taught several social sciences courses, i.e. Culture and Society, State and Society, and Sociology of Religion, in Bilgi and Koc Universities. Pinar worked as a research and project development coordinator at Istanbul Policy Center, a think-tank in Istanbul affiliated with Sabanci University.

She has recently received grants from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul (SRII) for her project on the relationship between Alevi Turkish citizens and Sunni guest community in Kahramanmaras in Turkey. From October 2018 she will be a Horizon 2020 Marie Curie Fellow working on her “Fighting Insurgency Ruining the Environment” (FIRE) project, that questions the correlation between inter- and intra-state conflict and forest fires.


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    Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University