Dr Hilal Alkin works on the forms of contact and care between Syrians in Turkey and in Germany. For her research she has received a Georg Forster Research Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for the next two years, partly at the Alice Salomon Hochschule, partly at the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient.
Dr Alkin can be reached for interviews in Berlin.
Hilal Alkin received her PhD in Political Science from the Open University, UK and her MA in Sociology from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. In her dissertation, titled “Enchanted Welfare: Islamic Imaginary and Giving to Strangers in Turkey”, she focused on civic charitable initiatives in Turkey. Her research involved a ten-month ethnographic study of the local aid organizations of the Central Anatolian town of Kayseri.
Alongside charitable giving and welfare provision, her research interests include gendered spatial formations (especially urban anthropology), women’s experiences of war, and care ethics. She has been teaching at a number of Turkish universities for the past four years. She is also a member of the Women’s Initiative for Peace, which works on gendering the peace process and documenting gendered rights violations during conflict in Turkey.
She published some of her findings “Ethics of Care, Politics of Solidarity: Islamic Charitable Organisations in Turkey” (in Ethnographies of Islam: Ritual Performances and Everyday Practices, eds. T. Pierret, B. Dupret and P. Pinto, Edinburgh University Press, 2012).
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