Pinar Dinc gives a talk on an understudied case in the genocide literature: The Dersim genocide in Turkey.
When: 30 September 2021 13:15 to 14:30 (CEST)
Where: Zoom + Seminar room, CMES, Finngatan 16
Registration: Follow this link to register for the event
The military operations conducted in Dersim by the Turkish state in 1937-38 killed nearly 14,000 civilians, displaced around 12,000 civilians, and turned the region into a forbidden military zone for the following decade. Today, the Dersim community continues to share powerful memories of state violence, and refer to Dersim 1938 as “tertele”, which means being upside down.
In this talk, I will talk about this rather understudied case in the genocide literature, and argue that Dersim 1938 was a genocidal act, a “destructive process” which should be examined and defined through the conceptual framework of genocide.
Dr Pınar Dinç is a researcher at CMES and the Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science at Lund University. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the Department of Government at the London School of Economics. She has been a postdoctoral researcher at Lund University as a Swedish Institute fellow between 2017 and 2018 and a Marie-Sklodowska Curie fellow between 2018 and 2020.
Her research interests lie in the areas of nationalism, ethnicity, social movements, memory, diaspora, and the conflict and environment nexus in the Middle East and beyond. Since 2020, Pinar is leading the Turkey Beyond Borders: Critical Voices, New Perspectives project at Lund University. From 2021 onwards, she will be working as a researcher at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science at Lund University.