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Övgü Ülgen

Övgü Ülgen
 

Dissertation

Tracing integration of Sephardim through ethnography: A cross-cultural approach in Montreal and Toronto (preliminary thesis title)

(Supervisor: Valérie Amiraux, Montréal)

Visibility of Sephardim in Canadian social science literature still remains obscure, compared to its Ashkenazi counterpart. By examining the categories of language, nationalism (Quebecois and Israeli), and religion in a sustained way, my thesis project investigates the generational integration of Sephardic Jewish communities living in Canada, specifically in Montreal and Toronto. By centering ethnography for its data collection and not solely by sticking to an investigation of suburban neighborhood setting, I aim to dissect traces of integration in two cities with the questions below:
  • To what extent can the implementation of a comparative research strategy on a neighborhood scale in Montreal and Toronto contribute to a broader understanding of the conditions of settlement of the Sephardim in Montreal and Toronto?
  • How and under what conditions is religious (cultural or ethnic) difference produced that engenders closely knit communities?
  • How and under what conditions do individuals identify with ethnic categories?

Education

Since 2017
PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of Montreal
2014
Master of Arts in Sociology, École des hautes en sciences sociales (magna cum laude)
2011
Bachelor of Sociology, Middle East Technical University (honours degree)

Work Experience

2018
Assistante technique, Université de Montréal
2018
Auxiliaire de recherche, Université de Montréal: Étudiante associée au projet de recherche "Écoles juives et scolarisation à domicile : sortir de l’épreuve du pluralisme ?", Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada (CRSH), dir. Valérie Amiraux.
2016 - 2017
Chercheuse associée au projet de recherche "European Union Accession Process and the NGO-ization of Turkish Civil Society", Conseil national de recherche scientifique et technologique de Turquie (TUBITAK), dir. Özge Zihnioğlu.
2014 - 2015
Gestionnaire de projet à l’ONG "l’Association des Migrants pour la Coopération Sociale et Culturelle (Göç-Der)", (European Union), Istanbul/Turquie

Awards and Fellowships

2019
Bourse Patrick Berdoz du département de sociologie de l’Université de Montréal (UdeM)
2019
Prix de présence au Colloque de l’Association des cycles supérieurs de sociologie (ACSSUM) de l’UdeM, un cadeau féministe à l’Euguélionne, libraire féministe
2019
Bourse en cours d’étude du département de sociologie de l’Université de Montréal (UdeM)
2018
Bourse de mobilité du Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la diversité et la démocratie (CRIDAQ)-UdeM
2017 - 2018
Bourse d’admission du département de sociologie de l’Université de Montréal (UdeM)
2017
Bourse d’exemption des droits supplémentaires de scolarité de l’Université de Montréal (UdeM) (pour les étudiants étrangères)
2016 - 2017
Bourse de recherche du Conseil national de recherche scientifique et technologique de Turquie (TUBITAK)
2015
Bourse pour séjours de conférence de Bogazici University (BOUN)
2012 - 2013
Bourse de maîtrise de l’Ambassade de France en Turquie et de la Fondation turque pour l’Éducation (TEV)

Publications

2019
(Review of) "Impossible Exodus : Iraqi Jews in Israel" by O. Bashkin, in: Shofar : An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, 37.3. November, Forthcoming.
2018
(Review of) "Memories of Absence: How Muslims Remember Jews in Morocco, in: HistoireEngagee.ca, 13 décembre 2018, [en ligne]. http://histoireengagee.ca/memories-of-absence-how-muslims-remember-jews-in-morocco-recension/

Conference Presentations

02/2019
Racialized knowledge of the other : An intersectional (coupled with Orientalism) analysis of Mizahi/ Sephardi Jews in Israel, U.S. and Canadian scholarship (sur invitation)
La judéité dans les sciences humaines et sociales: Colloque bilingue et interuniversitaire à l’Université de Montréal (UdeM), organisé par le Collectif Judéité(s) et l’American Academy for Jewish Research (AAJR), Montreal
08/2015
Rethinking Evolution of Egyptian Women’s Movement from nineteenth-century up to the 1952 Revolution within the context of Huda Sha’rawi and Doria Shafik leaderships (sur concours)
12th Conference of the European Sociological Association (ESA). Prague
07/2015
Rethinking socio-economic and spatial dimensions of Urban Projects as a shift from 1980s to an authoritarian neoliberalism under AKP in Turkey through The Kanal Istanbul Project (sur concours)
2nd International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP). Milan
04/2014
Between Collective Memory and Experience: The Perceptions of State Violence among Second Generation Kurdish Migrant Women in Tarlabaşı (sur concours)
Gendered Memories of War and Political Violence Young Researchers Conference, organisé par Sabancı University (SU) et Central European University (CEU). Karaköy Minerva Palace/ İstanbul
 
 
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