Dr Gülay Kilicaslan

Function: FFVT fellow
E-Mail: fellow.gulay.kilicaslan(at)

Key expertise

Gülay's research interests lie at the intersection of critical forced migration studies; refugee law and politics of citizenship and resettlement; nation-state and border violence, resistance, and social movements in the Global South; digital activism and culture.

(Academic) education / CV:

Ph.D. in Sociology, York University, Canada

M.A. in Political Science and International Relations, Bogazici University, Turkey

B.S. in Political Science and Public Administration, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Gülay holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from York University, Toronto, Canada. Her dissertation examines the impacts of forced displacement on dynamics of political mobilization in the context of Kurdish contentious politics. Her writings on Kurdish forced migrants, Kurdish political movement, migrant agency, decolonial feminisms, gender-based online violence and digital feminist activism have appeared in scholarly edited books and journals. Her current research comparatively explores the resettlement experiences of Yezidi genocide survivors and their mobilization strategies in Germany and Canada.  

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