ERKAN AFFAN | اركان عفان

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BA & MSc— SOAS & UCL


2016 - 2019 ︎

MSc in Global Migration - September 2018 - University College London, University of London. Awarded: Distinction

Erkan completed their Masters of Science in Global Migration at University College London, where they were awarded a Distinction. Working closely alongside Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Dr Richard Mole, and Dr Ben Page of the Human Geography department, taught modules included “Gender, Generation and Forced Migration”, “Postcolonial Cultural Geography”, “Quantitative Methods” and “Military, Gender and Sexuality”. Erkan’s work resulted in the publication of their research on the marginalisation of transgender refugee women from UNHCR’s gender mainstream policies with the online journal Jadaliyya, and their thesis was awarded a Distinction. Erkan was also granted the Mead Travel Fund to support their travel expenses in central Europe to conduct their primary research in Berlin.

Thesis: On Performance, Advocacy and Transnational Solidarity for Queer, Turkish-Speaking Migrants in Berlin.
Supervisor: Dr Richard Mole, Professor of Political Sociology at the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies at UCL.

Abstract: As the largest ethnic minority community in Germany, the Turkish-speaking diaspora in Berlin have been the subject of numerous literatures focusing on the intricacies of their marginality. Nonetheless these analyses have established unchallenged assumptions of hetero-patriarchal identity as the significant existential point of focus within their intellectual practice. Rather, this paper uses a mixed-method approach of participant observation and semi-structured interviews to uncover how performative spaces in the city maintain queer, Turkish-speaking identity vis-à-vis the larger Turkish-speaking and German population; how advocacy organisations politically represent this cross-generational queer community to mainstream socio-political infrastructures in the country; and how the queer community creates and maintains transnational networks of solidarity between Berlin and the local activist communities extant in cities such as Istanbul, Ankara and Mersin in Turkey.

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BA Middle Eastern Studies - September 2013 - 2016 - School of Oriental and African Studies, University of LondonAwarded: First Class (Honours)

Erkan completed their Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, where they were awarded a First Class Honours. They worked closely with Dr Gerasimos Tsourapas, Dr Reem Abou El-Fadl, Professor Hugh Kennedy and Dr Atef Al-Shaer on modules including Arabic, “Nation and Nationalism in Middle Eastern Fiction”, Islamic History,  and “Governance and Politics in the Middle East”. Erkan was awarded the SOAS Excellence Award upon admission into university for demonstrating outstanding academic potential, culminating in a £3,000 a year stipend paid directly towards their university tuition fees.

You can find an extensive list of participation in academic conferences and publications here.