PhD Candidate, Centre for Gender Studies, University of Cambridge
Twitter: hakan sandal-wilson
Dissertation: The Kurdish LGBTI+ Movement: Strategies and Tactics towards Radical Democracy
Supervisor: Dr Ayşe Zarakol (Department of Politics and International Studies)
My doctoral research focuses on the intersection of ethnic, gender, and sexual identities during times of war and conflict. Studying how LGBTI+ activists situate themselves in ethnic and democracy struggles presents a holistic understanding of identity construction processes and resistance practices. Exploring the boundaries and formation of identities in the Kurdish LGBTI+ context, and studying the Kurdish struggle and the LGBTI+ struggle together, within the framework of democracy, human rights, and conflict, will contribute to gender and sexuality studies, LGBTI+ politics, and political philosophy, and will engender new debates on social movements and their emancipatory potential. The research will eventually not only shed light on an LGBTI+ struggle in the Middle East context, but also provide an alternative reading and historicisation of the Kurdish movement and Turkey, while providing insights into distinctive understandings of democracy, human rights, and resistance.
My research interests, in addition to Gender and Sexuality Studies, include Critical Theory, Political Sociology, and Political Philosophy
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In addition to my scholarly work, I am a committee member of Amnesty UK’s LGBTI Network as Campaigns Officer and lead for the East Anglia Region. I previously served in the committees of the Cambridge University Student Union LGBT+ campaign as Black and Minority Ethnic representative and the Cambridge University Mindfulness Society. I write about Kurdish and LGBTI+ politics in various newspapers and journals, including Jadaliyya and openDemocracy.