dr. Ugur Üngör

dr. Uğur Ümit Üngör

Uğur Ümit Üngör is Associate Professor at the Department of History at Utrecht University and Research Fellow at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam. His main areas of interest are state formation and nation formation, with a particular focus on mass violence. His most recent publications include Genocide: New Perspectives on its Causes, Courses and Consequences (Amsterdam University Press, 2016, ed.), Confiscation and Destruction: The Young Turk Seizure of Armenian Property (Continuum, 2011) and the award-winning The Making of Modern Turkey: Nation and State in Eastern Anatolia, 1913-1950 (Oxford University Press, 2011). He is an editor of the Journal of Perpetrator Research, and coordinator of the Syrian Oral History project at NIOD. He is currently leading an NWO-funded research project on paramilitarism and completing the book Paramilitarism: Mass Violence in the Shadow of the State (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2019), as well as a book on state violence in Syria.

Iva Vukušić MA

Iva Vukušić

Iva Vukusic, M.A, is currently finalizing her PhD at the History Department of Utrecht University, focusing on paramilitaries during the breakup of Yugoslavia. She is a researcher affiliated with NIOD, the Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam and a visiting fellow at King’s College London, War Studies Department. From 2009 to 2015 Iva worked for the Sense News Agency in The Hague, covering trials at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Before that, she was an analyst and researcher at the Special War Crimes Department of the State Prosecutor’s office in Sarajevo. Recent writings include an article about the Scorpions unit (in the Special Issue ‘Images and Collective Violence: Function, Use and Memory’, Journal of Genocide Studies and Prevention, 2018), a chapter on the challenges of prosecuting paramilitary violence (in Perpetrators of International Crimes – Methodology, Theory and Evidence, Oxford University Press, 2019), and a chapter on justice options for Syria (in Conceptualizing Space, Transitional Justice & Human Rights, Indiana University Press, 2019).

Ayhan Isik MA

Ayhan Isik is working at Utrecht University as a PhD Candidate within the NWO-funded VIDI project titled “Paramilitarism, Organized Crime and the State”, led by Dr. Ugur Ümit Üngör since April 2015.

He finished undergraduate and master’s degree at the Department of History at Istanbul Bilgi University. His master’s thesis was about Kurdish and Armenian Relations in the Ottoman Kurdish Press (1898-1914) at Istanbul Bilgi University Institute of Social Science Master of Arts in History, in July 2014. He is a co-founder and an editorial board member of Toplum ve Kuram (Theory and Society: Kurdish Studies) Journal. He participated in an oral history project, Göç Hikayeleri: (The Stories of Migration) carried out by Göç-Der (Migration Association in Istanbul) between October 2007 and June 2008. He is also a member of the Kurdology Studies Group, which was formed to transcribe Ottoman texts into modern Turkish. He was co-author of the book The Unspoken Truth: Enforced Disappearances, the research of the Truth Justice Memory Center, June 2013. He is a co-founder of ZAN Institute for Social, Political and Economic Studies that is based in Diyarbakir and  he is also a co-founder of Kurdish Studies at Istanbul Bilgi University in fall of 2013.  His research interests include Kurdish Movement, Turkish education system, oral history, forced migration and forced disappearances, Kurdish and Armenian relations in the late Ottoman Empire, Modern Kurdish and Turkish history, mass violence and Turkish state politics.