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Dr. Pelin Kadercan Dr. Pelin Kadercan

Dr. Pelin Kadercan is a historian of the Modern Middle East with an interest on the histories of the relations between Jews, Christians, and Muslims in a global context. Her research and teaching interests lie in the broad fields of displacement, war, human rights, nation state formation, education, modernism, and film.

She is currently completing her book on the German and Jewish émigrés who fled Nazi Germany for Turkey. Examining the transnational encounters in music, visual arts, and humanities education, her research explores how the cross-territorial forces in the form of ideas and a real dialogue between multiple actors conditioned the nation-building processes as a dynamic space of decision-making.

Pelin, a native of Istanbul, completed her Ph.D. in History at the University of Rochester, NY. She has an M.A. degree in International Relations from the European Union Institute of Marmara University, and a B.A. from Bogazici (Bosphorus) University, Istanbul.

Before coming to Central, she acted as a visiting professor at Brown University, and a researcher and organizer at various institutions in the UK, Spain, and Turkey. During the 2012-2013 academic year, she acted as the Executive Director for Academic Affairs at Koc University in Istanbul. Her experience as a higher education professional in Turkey enabled her to have a comprehensive understanding about a broad range of matters in politics and education in the region.

Pelin is an affiliated scholar in Middle East Studies at Brown University. For the last year, she curated a series of films titled “Displacement: Us and Them Across the Borders.” In summer 2017, she is combining two of her passions in a course: “History and Documentary Film.” In the fall, she is offering “Women in Islam,” “Modern Middle East,” and “World Civilizations II” courses.

Selected Publications

“Ruzgarin Hatiralari [Memories of the Wind],” Journal of Islamic and Muslim Studies, Vol. 1, No. 2, November 2016.

“The Turkish Military as a Political Actor: Its Rise and Fall,” Middle East Policy, Vol. 23, No. 3, Fall 2016 (co-authored).

The Reconstruction of music, arts and humanities in exile: German-speaking émigrés in Turkey after 1933 (Book project)

“Coming to Terms with Increasing Authoritarianism in Turkey,” Opendemocracy.net, 13 June 2016.

“Status of Women in Turkey: Wearing a Gender Lens to Enhance Democracy,” CEFTUS Insights, January 2014.

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