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Nergis Canefe

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Department of Politics

Associate Professor
Research Faculty, Center for Refugee Studies
Osgoode Hall Law School

Office: Ross South 644
Phone: (416) 736-2100 Ext: 20994
Email: ncanefe@yorku.ca

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My areas of interest are memories of atrocities and injustice and the way they shape the notion of citizenship for marginalized groups, critical studies of human rights, genocide and crimes against humanity, the relationship between nationalism and minority rights in the Balkans and the Middle East, forced migration, and debates on ethics in international law pertaining to mass political violence. I have supervised graduate work on minority rights in the Middle East, Muslim diasporas in Europe and Canada, genocide and societal amnesia, and chronic abuses of human rights of migrants and refugees. I am cross-listed with PPA program, SocioLegal Studies, SPT graduate programme at York, and supervise graduate work at Osgoode Hall Law School, as well.

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Nergis Canefe a scholar trained in the fields of Political Philosophy, Forced Migration Studies and International Public Law with special focus on Human Rights and state-society relations. She has over twenty years of experience in carrying out in-depth qualitative research with displaced communities and teaching human rights and public law globally. Her research experience includes working with the Muslim and Jewish Diasporas in Europe and North America, refugees and displaced peoples in Turkey, Cyprus, India, Uganda, South Africa, Bosnia and Colombia. She worked as the Associate Director of Center for Refugee Studies, York University between 2008-2013. Currently she is an executive committee member of the IASFM (international association for the study of forced migration).

In the field of legal studies, she is specialized in international public law, with particular emphasis on state accountability and state criminality. Professor Canefe joined York University in 2003 and has been a full-time faculty member regularly teaching at departments of Political Science, Social and Political Thought, Socio-Legal Studies, Public Policy, Administration and Law at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior to joining York, she worked at London School of Economics, UK and Bilgi University and Bogazici University, Turkey as a faculty member. Professor Canefe holds a PhD and has an SJD degree in public international law, both granted in Canada.

Professor Canefe published widely in the following areas: theories of nationalism in the global south, state criminality and accountability, forced migration and post-colonial state formations in the Middle East, Muslim and Jewish diasporas in the West, human rights law, public law and ethics, and, minority rights. She has done extensive fieldwork on the role of political violence and forced migration in post-imperial nation-state formation and capital accumulation in the Middle East. Her research has been funded by international and Canadian organizations. She also regularly conducts some of her human rights, minority rights and refugee rights related work on a pro bono basis. She acts as an expert witness and public lecturer on subjects related to forced migration, diasporas in exile, minority rights and genocide in international and Canadian media, Canadian courts, and Canadian and Turkish public services.

She has over 50 scholarly articles and four books, Transitional Justice and Forced Migration (edited volume, under contract with Cambridge University Press) The Jewish Diaspora as a Paradigm: Politics, Religion and Belonging (edited volume, 2014, Libra Press –Jewish Studies Series), Milliyetcilik, Kimlik ve Aidiyet (sole author, 2006, Nationalism, Identity and Belonging], Istanbul: Bilgi University Publishing House), and Turkey and European Integration: Accession Prospects and Issues (2004, edited volume in collaboration with Mehmet Ugur, Routledge). Her new books include The Syrian Exodus (Bilgi University, 2018) and Limits of Universal Jurisdiction: A Critical Debate on Crimes against Humanity (University of Manchester International Law Series, forthcoming) are to be followed by an edited volume on unorthodox minorities in the Middle East and The Politics of Transformation of Administrative Law in the Middle East. Her scholarly articles appeared in Nations and Nationalism, Citizenship Studies, New Perspectives, Refugee Watch, Refuge, South East European Studies, Peace Review, Middle Eastern Law and Governance, Journal of International Human Rights, and, Narrative Politics. Professor Canefe is also a trained artist and her designs and mural have been showcased regularly since 2008.

Degrees

SJD (Doctorate in Law), Osgoode Hall Law School
Ph.D, Department of Social and Political Thought, York University
MA, Department of Sociology, State University of New York
MA course-work, Department of History (Ottoman History specialization), Bo?azici University
BA with special honours, Department of Sociology, Bo?azici University

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Professional Leadership

Project lead for Syrian Resettlement Webarchive, Project lead for Ethics of Witnessing Webarchive

Community Contributions

Pro Bono work for Human rights Law and Refugee Law; Frequent Expert Witness on issues related to forced migration; Community Artist and Musician

Research Interests

Human Rights , Immigration, Middle East, Global South, International Criminal Law, Political Science, Public Law, Forced Migration Studies, Public International Law, Political Theory
Books

Publication
Year

Transitional Justice and Forced Migration: Perspectives from the Global South (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press)

2017

2007 The Jewish Diaspora as a Paradigm: Politics, Religion and Belonging. Edited volume in collaboration with William Safran, Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado (forthcoming, Edwin Mellen Publishers)

2007

2006 (Sole Author) Milliyetcilik, Kimlik ve Aidiyet [Nationalism, Identity and Belonging], Istanbul: Bilgi University Publishing House.

2006

2004 Turkey and European Integration: Accession Prospects and Issues. Edited volume in collaboration with Mehmet Ugur, Jean Monnet Professor at University of Greenwich. London and New York: Routledge.

2004

Book Chapters

Publication
Year

2018 “Far from the Madding Crowds: Redefining the Field of Socio-Legal Studies from Within,” in Patrick Taylor et al. eds., Critical Interventions in Socio-Legal Studies, University of British Columbia Press (submitted/forthcoming)

2018

2018 “Dispossession, Precarity and Statehood in Contemporary Middle East,” in Kenneth Christie and Marion Boulby, eds., Human Security Reframed, Berghan Press (submitted/forthcoming)

2018

2018 “Rethinking Displacement: Transitional Justice and Forced Migration Studies,” in Susan McGrath and Julie Young, eds., New Horizons in Forced Migration Studies, University of Toronto Press (submitted/forthcoming)

2018

2006 “Do Muslims in Canada constitute a diaspora? An Exercise in Critical Citizenship Theory” in Diasporas and Opportunity Structures. University of Nevada Press.

2006

2006 “Ottoman Jews or Turkish non-Muslims: Characters in Search of an Author.” In Nergis Canefe and William Safran, eds. The Jewish Diaspora as a Paradigm.

2006

2005 “Ethics of Pseudo-Humanitarian Intervention in Macedonia: the Case that Fits.” In Charles Sampford and David Shugarman, eds., Ethics of Humanitarian Intervention. London: Routledge.

2005

2004 “Turkey and European Union: Introduction,” (pp. 1-17), “Turkey and European Union: Conclusion,” (pp. 265-274), and, “The Turkish Contract of Citizenship and the Union Model,” (pp. 215-240) in Turkey and European Integration: Accession Prospects and Issues. Mehmet Ugur and Nergis Canefe, eds. London and New York: Routledge.

2004

2003 “Communal Memory and Turkish Cypriot National History: Missing Links.” In Maria Todorova, ed., National Identities and national Memories in the Balkans. London: Hurst and Company, pp. 77-102.

2003

2002 “Türkiye’de Milliyetçiligin Populist Yüzleri [The Populist Faces of Turkish Nationalism].” (co-authored with Tan?l Bora) Published in Tan?l Bora, ed., The Encyclopedia of Turkish Nationalism. Istanbul: Iletisim Yay?nlar?, pp. 305-335.

2002

2001 “K?br?s’?n Türklesme Tarihinde Bir Dönüm Noktas? [A Turning Point in the Turkification of Cypriot History].” In Esra Özyürek, ed. Hat?rlad?klar? ve Unuttuklar? ile Türkiye’nin Toplumsal Haf?zas? [Remembrance, Forgetting and Social Memory in Turkey]. Istanbul: Iletisim Yay?nlar?, pp. 49-85.

2001

2001 "One Cyprus or Many: Historical Memory in Turkish Nicosia." in Simon Gurr and Robert Morris, eds., Identities in Space: Contested Terrains in the Western City since 1850. Aldershot: Ashgate Press, pp. 60-78.

2001

1998 "Rediscovering Politics: The Tribalist Dictum of the Ultra-Nationalist Right in Turkey," in Kenneth Christi, ed., Tribalist Politics. London: Curzon Press, pp. 153-173.

1998

1997 “The Kurdish Minority in Canada”, Encyclopedia of Minorities in Canada, Multicultural History Society of Ontario Publication, University of Toronto Press.

1997

1996 “Minority Rights and Beyond: A Reconsideration of Identity and Difference in National Politics,” in Mortimer Sellers, ed., The New World Order, Sovereignty, Peoplehood and Minority Rights, New York and London: Berg Press.

1996

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

2018 Special Issue on Thinking beyond the Traditional Paradigm on Human Security, guest editor and contributor, Journal of Conflict Transformation and Security (forthcoming)

2018

2018 “Beyond Multiculturalism: Interculturalism, Diversity and Urban Governance,” Review Article, Ethnic and Racial Studies Review (forthcoming)

2018

2018 “Invisible Lives: Gender, Dispossession and Precarity amongst Syrian Refugee Women in the Middle East.” Refuge Special Issue, Feminist Perspectives on the Syrian Crisis (forthcoming)

2018

“To be or Not to be: The Politics of Criminalization of Muslim Youth in Canada.” Forthcoming in Western Minaret (May 2017 issue)

2017

2017 “Mea Culpa, Sua Culpa, Tua Maxima Culpa: Collective Responsibility and Legal Judgment.” Revista Direito UFMS 3 (1).

2017

2017 “Syrians are Coming” Arts Narrative, Journal of Narrative Politics (published in March 2017 issue)

2017

2017 “Hybrid Courts and the Future of International Criminal Law.” Submitted to Transnational Human Rights Review (under review)

2017

2017 “Legislating the Unforgivable: Jurisprudential Debates on Crimes Against Humanity.” International Human Rights Law 2(1).

2017

2017 “Syrian Refugees in the Middle East and Statelessness in Public International Law.” Submitted to Canadian Journal of Human Rights (under review)

2017

2017 “To be or Not to be: The Politics of Criminalization of Muslim Youth in Canada.” Western Minaret (published in May 2017 issue)

2017

2017 Editor of Special Issue titled Syrians are Coming; “Introduction: Syrians are Coming? Reframing the Syrian Refugee Crisis.” Refugee Watch 48 (May 2017): 1-7.

2017

2017 “Migration as Necessity: Contextualizing the European Response to Syrian Exodus.” Refugee Watch 48 (May 2017): 82-104.

2017

“Management of Irregular Migration: Syrians in Turkey as Paradigm Shifters for Forced Migration Studies,” New Perspectives on Turkey 54 (2): 9-32.

2016

“Post-Colonial State and Violence: Rethinking the Middle East and North Africa outside the Blindfold of Area Studies,” Refugee Watch No. 45 (June): 7-31.

2015

2006 Book review on Palestinian Refugees and the Right of Return, Journal of International Affairs.

2006

2005 “An Act of Citizenship? Freedom of Speech and University Politics in the Case of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” Citizenship Studies (accepted with minor revisions)

2005

2004 “Foundational Paradoxes of Balkan Nationalisms: Authenticity, Modernity and Nationhood.” Turkish Review of Balkan Studies 8. Published by Ortadogu ve Balkan Incelemeleri Vakfi [Research Foundation of Middle Eastern and Balkan Studies], pp. 107-148.

2004

2004 “The Kurdish Problem in Turkey.” Review Article, South European Society and Politics 8 (3), pp. 56-73.

2004

2003 “K?br?s Türk Toplumunda Tarihsel Aidiyet ve Vatanda?l?k Akti Aras?ndaki Geçi?lilik. [The Critical Relationship between Citizenship and Historical Belonging in Modern Turkish Cypriot Society] ” Toplum ve Bilim (Haziran), pp. 73-89.

2003

2003 “Refugees or Enemies: Turkish Cypriot Perceptions of the 1974 War." South European Society and Politics 7 (2), pp. 1-28.

2003

2002 "From Ethnicity to Nationalism: Intricacies of Turkish Cypriot Identity in the Diaspora" Rethinking History 6 (1), special issue edited by Patrick Finney, pp. 57-76.

2002

2002 “Intellectual Roots of Anti-European Sentiments in Turkish Politics: The Case of Radical Turkish Nationalism.” (co-authored with Tan?l Bora) Turkish Studies (Special Issue on Turkey-Europe edited by Barry Rubin and Ali Carkoglu) 4 (1), pp. 127-148. (reprinted in book format)

2002

2002 “Kosovo’s Refugees?” Review Article, Refuge (February), pp. 134-136.

2002

2002 “The Legacy of Forced Population Movements in Modern Turkish Society: Remembrance of the Things Past?” Balkanologie 5 (1-2), pp. 153-179.

2002

2002 "Turkish Nationalism and Ethno-Symbolic Analysis: Costs and Benefits." Nations and Nationalism 8 (2), pp. 1-28.

2002

2002 "Turkish Nationalism and Ethno-Symbolic Analysis: The Rules of Exception." Nations and Nationalism 8 (2), pp. 133-155.

2002

1999 "Cleansing Ethnicity from the [Balkan] Conflict." Times Higher Education Supplement (June 23 1999)

1999

1998 "Citizens versus Permanent Guests: Social and Political Effects of Immigration and Citizenship Laws in a Reunified Germany," Citizenship Studies 2 (3), pp. 519-544.

1998

1994 "The Yugoslavian Puzzle: Which Nation, Whose Nationalism and Other Unsettling Questions," Refuge. (June-July 1994) Special Issue on Yugoslavia.

1994

Conference Papers

Publication
Year

2006 “Blasphemy or Freedom of Speech? Issues Behind the Protests related to the Caricatures of Prophet Muhammed” Invited speaker at the Osgoode Hall Law School Roundtable on Muslim Minorities in the West, Toronto.

2006

2006 “The Muslims of France, or, Paris is Burning” Invited speaker in the Guest Lecture Series, Canadian Center for German and European Studies, York University, Toronto.

2006

2006 “The Politics of Belonging among the Muslims Diasporas in the Anglo-American World” International Studies Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, USA.

2006

2005 “Diasporas as the new site for Redemption? Hopes Crushed after 9/11” World International Studies Association First Annual Meeting, Istanbul, Turkey.

2005

2005 “Humanitarianism Undefined: Lessons to be Learnt from the faith of minorities in the Balkans.” World International Studies Association First Annual Meeting, Istanbul, Turkey.

2005

2005 “Jewish Enlightenment in the East? Nationalist Aspirations among Sephardic Jews of the Ottoman Empire.” Panel presentation, Jewish Diasporas: Myths and Realities Conference, York University, Toronto, Canada (also the organizer of the conference)

2005

2004 “Diasporas, Transnational identities and the Nation-State: End of Citizenship?” Paper tabled at the Imagining Diasporas: Space, Identity and Social Change Conference, University of Windsor, Canada.

2004

2004 “Diasporas, Transnational Migration and Limits of Citizenship: Points of Anchorage in the European Context.” Paper presented at the Immigration, Multiculturalism and Citizenship in Europe: Inclusion/Exclusion Conference organized by Canadian Centre for German and European Studies, Toronto.

2004

2004 “Dilemmas of identity Formation among Young Canadian Muslims: Tradition, National Belonging and Religious Identity in the Diaspora.” Paper presented at the International Conference on The Making of The Islamic Diaspora. Sponsored by SSHRCC, MCRI, Diaspora, Islam, and Gender Project, York University; The Ford Foundation Educational Project for Palestinians; York Centre for Refugee Studies; York Center for Feminist Research.

2004

2004 “Ethics of Humanitarian Intervention: the Case of Macedonia.” International Studies Association Annual Meeting, Hawai, USA

2004

2004 “Ethics of Humanitarian Intervention: the Long-term Effects of Regional Ethno-Politics.” Workshop participant at the Key Centre for Ethics Workshop (joint Canadian-Australian team), Brisbane, Australia.

2004

2004 “Ethics of Humanitarian Intervention: What Kind of Liberal Justice?” Ethics of Humanitarian Intervention Workshop (joint Canadian-Australian team), York University, Canada.

2004

2004 “Identity, Culture, and Paradigms of Incongruity in International Relations: the Case of Islam.” Paper presented at the Governance and Global (Dis)orders: Trends, Transformations, and Impasses. Eleventh Annual York Centre for International and Security Studies Conference in Conjunction with the Nathanson Centre for the Study of Organised Crime and Corruption.

2004

2004 “Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Canadian Politics: A Just Third Party?” Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.

2004

2004 “Politics and Religion in the Diaspora.” Issues of Social Justice Conference, York University, Canada (organized by Vijay Agnew)

2004

2004 “Religion, Migration and Belonging in a Comparative Context.” Transnational Religion and Migration Workshop, Cape Town, South Africa. Organiser: Social Science Research Council, New York, USA.

2004

2004 “Theories of Ethno-nationalism and their Effects in the Middle Eastern Context.” Paper presented at the 14th Annual Conference of ASEN (Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism), The Nationalism Debate, London School of Economics, UK.

2004

2003 “Citizenship, Belonging and New Formulations of Identity in a Transnational Context.” Workshop organiser and presenter, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey.

2003

2003 “Remembering and Forgetting Izmir/Smyrna.” Paper presented at the Politics of Memory Workshop, Bo?azici University, Istanbul, Turkey.

2003

2003 “The Legacy of Forced Population Exchanges: The Turko-Greek Case.” Paper presented at the Forced Migration Conference, University of Bath, United Kingdom.

2003

2003 “Whose Culture, Which Rights: Thoughts in the aftermath of Anglo-American Invasion of Baghdad.” Paper presented at the Panel Series on Sanat ve Insan Haklari [Art and Human Rights], Istanbul Technical University, Institute of Social Sciences, Istanbul, Turkey.

2003

2002 “Blind Spots in Turkish Migration Research: Refugees, Diaspora and Minorities.” Paper presented at the New Directions in Turkish Studies of Migration Conference, Bo?azici University, Istanbul, Turkey.

2002

2002 “How to Approach Religion in Migration Studies: The Things We Don’t Want to do.” Paper presented at the International Workshop on Transnational Migration and Religion Organised by the American Social Science Research Council, Istanbul, Turkey.

2002

2002 “Muslims in the Balkans: Who Are They Supposed to Be?” paper presented at the British International Studies Association Working Group on Balkan History Workshop, London School of Economics and Political Science.

2002

2002 “Paradoxes of Turkish Nationalism.” Paper presented at the Bilgi University Invited Speaker Series, Istanbul, Turkey.

2002

2001 “Europe in the Eyes of the ‘New’ Radical Turkish Right.” Paper presented in the special panel on Turkey and Europe, Pan-European International Studies Association Meeting, Heidelberg, Germany.

2001

2001 “Ottoman Legacy in Modern Turkish Society: The Issue of Civilisation.” Paper presented at the workshop on Traditions of Liberty in the Balkans, Halkidiki, Greece (organized by Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeastern Europe, Thessaloniki)

2001

2000 "Bi-Communal Relations in the Diaspora: Questions about the Cypriot Case." Paper presented at the Vienna Core Group Meeting, Project on Gender and Conflict Resolution, Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue, Vienna Austria.

2000

2000 "British Perceptions of the Yugoslav Refugees: Why Will The Kosova Crisis Cost so Dear to the Labour Government?" Paper presented at Bergen Workshop on Refugees and Migrants in Europe, August 2000, International Society for History of European Ideas, Norway.

2000

2000 "Citizenship and Memory in Turkish Cypriot Society." Paper read at History and Memory in Eastern Mediterranean Societies Workshop, Brown University, U.S.A.

2000

2000 "Diasporas and National History: The Case of Turkish Cypriots of London." Paper presented at the History and Memory in Southeast Europe Conference, University of Lampeter, Wales, U.K.

2000

2000 "Extreme Turkish Nationalism and History: Uneasy Alliances." Paper presented at the British Social History Society Conference, Cambridge, U.K.

2000

2000 "History as We Learnt It: The Rediscovery of the Ottoman Civilisation in Turkish Cypriot Society" Paper presented at the Regional Workshop on History and Nationalism, organised by Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeastern Europe, Larnaca, Cyprus.

2000

1999 "Changing Definitions of Race and Ethnicity in Historical Studies: Lessons from Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda." Paper presented at the Anglo-American Historians' Conference, Institute of Historical Research, U.K.

1999

1999 "Communal Memory and History Textbooks in Turkish Cypriot Society: Missing Links." Workshop Presentation at the Meeting on National Memory and History in Southeastern Europe, Halki, Greece

1999

1999 "Divided Memories of a Common History: Renovation of Turkish Cypriot Nicosia." Panel Presentation at the Annual Urban History Conference, Oxford University, U.K.

1999

1999 "Power, Visibility and Belonging in the Turkish Cypriot Diaspora." Paper presented at the Cypriot Society in the New Millennium: Globalisation and Social Change Conference, Greenwich, London

1999

1998 "Area Studies: Could We Write the Historiography of Academic Histories of Europe's Others?" Paper presented at the Social and Political Thought Program, 25th Year Anniversary Celebrations, York University, Canada.

1998

1998 "One Cyprus of Many? The Critical Relationship between Demography and History in Cyprus." Panel Presentation at the Pan-European International Relations Conference, Vienna, Austria.

1998

1998 "Remaking Cyprus: Long-term Effects of Population Displacements" Paper presented at the International Studies Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis USA

1998

1997 "Citizens versus Permanent Guests: Cultural Memory and Citizenship Laws in a Reunified Germany" Paper Presented at the Conference on Inclusion and Exclusion: International Migrants and Refugees in Europe and North America, New School for Social Research, New York, USA.

1997

1997 "Feminism, Refugees and Constructions of Otherhood: A Critical Approach" paper read and tabled at the 1997 Canadian Learneds Conference, Canadian Association of Socialist Studies Panel on Citizenship organized by Sedef Arat-Koc, St. Johns, Newfoundland.

1997

1997 "Genocidal Tendencies in Modern Turkish Ultranationalist Politics: The Alevi Massacres" paper read and tabled at the Second Meeting of the Association of Genocide Scholars, Montreal, Canada.

1997

1997 "Return of Utopia in Extremist Identity Politics" Paper presented at the 51st Annual Conference of New York State Political Science Association, New York, USA.

1997

1997 "The Construction of the Kurdish Problem in the Middle East as a Security Issue" Paper presented at the International Studies Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada

1997

1996 "A Comparative Analysis of Population-Exchange Policies as a Remedy for Minority-Related Problems.” Paper presented at Center for Refugee Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada.

1996

1996 "Democratic Liberalism and Changing Definitions of Ethnicity" paper tabled at the International Studies Association-North East Division Annual Meeting, Boston, USA

1996

1996 "Minorities versus the Middle East: Is the 'Kurdish Problem' Unique?" Paper presented at the Women in International Security Annual Workshop "Security Policy at Crossroads," Annapolis, USA

1996

1996 "Radical Marxism, Liberation Struggles and Languages of Descent" paper tabled at the 3rd Rethinking Marxism Conference, University of Massachusetts, USA.

1996

1996 "The Sovereign Nation-State and Minority Rights: Critical Approaches" Paper presented at the Special Workshop on Sovereignty and Human Rights, International Political Science Association, University of Essex, England.

1996

1996 "What is a 'National Minority'? Questions and Answers in the Context of Greek-Turkish Relations since the Lausanne Treaty" Paper presented at the Canadian Association of Studies in International Development, 1996 Canadian Learneds Meeting, Brock University, Canada

1996

1995 "A Critique of the Liberal Underpinnings of the International Human Rights Regime" Paper presented at the International Workshop on Women's Rights are Human Rights, York University, Toronto, Canada

1995

1995 "From margins to the Core: Minority Related Refugee Problems in Balkan States.” Paper presented at Center for Refugee Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada

1995

1995 "Membership versus Justice: The Bridges Between Habermas and Rawls" Paper presented at the Canadian Society of Political Science, 1995 Canadian Learneds Conference, Montreal, Canada

1995

1995 “Regional Responses to Ethno-Nationalist Secessionism: A Comparative Reading of Cyprus and Yugoslavia.” Paper presented at the Annual International Studies Association Conference, Chicago, USA

1995

1995 "The 'Others' of the Yugoslavian Civil War: The Future of the Muslim Communities in the Balkans" Paper presented at the First Bi-Annual Conference of International Society of Genocide Scholars, Williamsburg, College of William and Mary, Virginia, USA

1995

1995 "The Enigmatic Revival of Utopia in Identity Politics" Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Society for Utopian Studies, Toronto, Canada.

1995

1995 "The insiders and outsiders of German Nationalism after Re-unification" Paper presented at the Canada-Europe: Ethics and Migration Conference, The Hague, Netherlands

1995

1995 "The pan-Nationalist Element in Early Greek and Turkish Histories and Its Ramifications" Paper presented at the Modern Greek Studies Association Annual Meeting, Harvard University, Boston

1995

1994 "A Preliminary Analysis of the Minority-Related Problems in the Middle East.” Paper presented at Center for Refugee Studies, York University, Canada

1994

1994 "Canonisation of National Narratives: A Critical Approach" Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Society of Cultural Studies, University of Toronto, Canada

1994

1994 “Minorities in the Middle East: Historical Anomaly or Theoretical Impasse?” paper tabled at the Fourth International Research and Advisory Panel Conference on Refugees, Somerville College, Oxford, England (5-9 January 1994)

1994

1994 “Nationalism, Ethno-nationalism and the New World Order.” Paper presented at the Academic Council for the United Nations Annual Summer Workshop, Brown University, USA

1994

1993 "Death of Art-End of Tradition: The Riddle of an Emancipatory Recapturing of the Work of Art in Early and Late Frankfurt School" Paper presented at the Annual Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture Conference, State University of New York, Binghamton, U.S.A

1993

1993 "Feminism, Membership, and Theories of Justice: Critical Readings", Paper presented at the Conference on Gender Issues and Refugees: Development Implications, York University, Canada

1993

1993 “Possibilities of Repatriation: The Kurdish Case.” Paper presented at the Repatriation and Development Workshop I, Center for Refugee Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada

1993

1992 “The Kurdish Enigma in the Middle East.” Paper presented at the Center for Refugee Studies, York University, Canada

1992

Public Lectures

Publication
Year

2006 “Muslims in Canada: Minority or Diaspora?” Guest Lecturer, Brown Bag Series, Center for Refugee Studies, York University, Canada.

2006

2005 “Internally Displaced People in International Humanitarian Law.” Faculty Lecturer, Centre for Refugee Studies Summer School, York University, Canada.

2005

2005 “Liberalism versus Citizenship? Freedoms of Speech on Canadian Campuses.” Guest lecturer at the UCLA (Los Angeles, USA) Muslim Diasporas in the West Series.

2005

2004 “Jewish Enlightenment Amiss? Histories of Sephardic Jews in the Ottoman Empire”, Truman Centre, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.

2004

2002 Invited participant and discussant, Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeastern Europe Workshop on History Textbooks in Cyprus, London, U.K.

2002

2001 “Kemalism Old and New: Transmutations of Turkish Nationalism.” Invited speaker for the LSE Association for the Study of Nationalism and Ethnicity Seminar Series.

2001

2000 “The Historical Pedigree of the Ottoman Legacy: Revisiting Truisms.” Invited Speaker for the History Workshop Seminars, London.

2000

2000 "The Turkish Nationalist Right: Old Wine in New Bottles?" Invited speaker for the SOAS Turkish Studies Seminar Series.

2000

1999 "Religion versus Nationalism in Republican Turkish History: The Case of Christian Minorities." Invited speaker at the Balkan History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London.

1999

1999 "The Missing 'Ottomans' in Balkan National Histories: Lessons Learnt from the Turkish Case." Guest speaker at SSEES/CSEES seminars, University of London.

1999

1997 "The Legacy of Greek-Turkish Population Exchanges: Critical Thoughts." Guest lecturer, Refugee Studies Program, Oxford University, UK.

1997

1995 "German Romanticism Unbound: Greek and Turkish Early Nationalist Narratives Compared," Guest Lecturer Series, Department of Classical Studies, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA.

1995

1995 "The Turkish State versus Minority Rights." Symposium on Minority Rights in Turkey: Remembrance of the Events of September 6-7, 1955, Greek Canadian Association of Constantinople, Toronto, Canada.

1995

Approach to Teaching


I teach in the areas of Human Rights Law/Critical Perspectives, Comparative Minority Rights Law, War Crimes, Public Administrative Law, Politics of Utopia, Critical Perspectives on Socio-Legal Studies, and, Politics of International Law.


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2019 AP/POLS4255 6.0 A Issues in International Human Rights SEMR
Fall/Winter 2019 GS/POLS6200 6.0 A Adv. Study In International Relations SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2019 AP/POLS4255 6.0 A Issues in International Human Rights SEMR
Winter 2020 GS/PPAL6120 3.0 M Administrative Law and Ethics SEMR
Winter 2020 GS/PPAL6120 3.0 N Administrative Law and Ethics SEMR
Winter 2020 GS/POLS6195 3.0 M Theories of Public Policy SEMR
Fall/Winter 2019 GS/POLS6200 6.0 A Adv. Study In International Relations SEMR


My areas of interest are memories of atrocities and injustice and the way they shape the notion of citizenship for marginalized groups, critical studies of human rights, genocide and crimes against humanity, the relationship between nationalism and minority rights in the Balkans and the Middle East, forced migration, and debates on ethics in international law pertaining to mass political violence. I have supervised graduate work on minority rights in the Middle East, Muslim diasporas in Europe and Canada, genocide and societal amnesia, and chronic abuses of human rights of migrants and refugees. I am cross-listed with PPA program, SocioLegal Studies, SPT graduate programme at York, and supervise graduate work at Osgoode Hall Law School, as well.

Nergis Canefe a scholar trained in the fields of Political Philosophy, Forced Migration Studies and International Public Law with special focus on Human Rights and state-society relations. She has over twenty years of experience in carrying out in-depth qualitative research with displaced communities and teaching human rights and public law globally. Her research experience includes working with the Muslim and Jewish Diasporas in Europe and North America, refugees and displaced peoples in Turkey, Cyprus, India, Uganda, South Africa, Bosnia and Colombia. She worked as the Associate Director of Center for Refugee Studies, York University between 2008-2013. Currently she is an executive committee member of the IASFM (international association for the study of forced migration).

In the field of legal studies, she is specialized in international public law, with particular emphasis on state accountability and state criminality. Professor Canefe joined York University in 2003 and has been a full-time faculty member regularly teaching at departments of Political Science, Social and Political Thought, Socio-Legal Studies, Public Policy, Administration and Law at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior to joining York, she worked at London School of Economics, UK and Bilgi University and Bogazici University, Turkey as a faculty member. Professor Canefe holds a PhD and has an SJD degree in public international law, both granted in Canada.

Professor Canefe published widely in the following areas: theories of nationalism in the global south, state criminality and accountability, forced migration and post-colonial state formations in the Middle East, Muslim and Jewish diasporas in the West, human rights law, public law and ethics, and, minority rights. She has done extensive fieldwork on the role of political violence and forced migration in post-imperial nation-state formation and capital accumulation in the Middle East. Her research has been funded by international and Canadian organizations. She also regularly conducts some of her human rights, minority rights and refugee rights related work on a pro bono basis. She acts as an expert witness and public lecturer on subjects related to forced migration, diasporas in exile, minority rights and genocide in international and Canadian media, Canadian courts, and Canadian and Turkish public services.

She has over 50 scholarly articles and four books, Transitional Justice and Forced Migration (edited volume, under contract with Cambridge University Press) The Jewish Diaspora as a Paradigm: Politics, Religion and Belonging (edited volume, 2014, Libra Press –Jewish Studies Series), Milliyetcilik, Kimlik ve Aidiyet (sole author, 2006, Nationalism, Identity and Belonging], Istanbul: Bilgi University Publishing House), and Turkey and European Integration: Accession Prospects and Issues (2004, edited volume in collaboration with Mehmet Ugur, Routledge). Her new books include The Syrian Exodus (Bilgi University, 2018) and Limits of Universal Jurisdiction: A Critical Debate on Crimes against Humanity (University of Manchester International Law Series, forthcoming) are to be followed by an edited volume on unorthodox minorities in the Middle East and The Politics of Transformation of Administrative Law in the Middle East. Her scholarly articles appeared in Nations and Nationalism, Citizenship Studies, New Perspectives, Refugee Watch, Refuge, South East European Studies, Peace Review, Middle Eastern Law and Governance, Journal of International Human Rights, and, Narrative Politics. Professor Canefe is also a trained artist and her designs and mural have been showcased regularly since 2008.

Degrees

SJD (Doctorate in Law), Osgoode Hall Law School
Ph.D, Department of Social and Political Thought, York University
MA, Department of Sociology, State University of New York
MA course-work, Department of History (Ottoman History specialization), Bo?azici University
BA with special honours, Department of Sociology, Bo?azici University

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Professional Leadership

Project lead for Syrian Resettlement Webarchive, Project lead for Ethics of Witnessing Webarchive

Community Contributions

Pro Bono work for Human rights Law and Refugee Law; Frequent Expert Witness on issues related to forced migration; Community Artist and Musician

Research Interests

Human Rights , Immigration, Middle East, Global South, International Criminal Law, Political Science, Public Law, Forced Migration Studies, Public International Law, Political Theory

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

2018 “Far from the Madding Crowds: Redefining the Field of Socio-Legal Studies from Within,” in Patrick Taylor et al. eds., Critical Interventions in Socio-Legal Studies, University of British Columbia Press (submitted/forthcoming)

2018

2018 “Dispossession, Precarity and Statehood in Contemporary Middle East,” in Kenneth Christie and Marion Boulby, eds., Human Security Reframed, Berghan Press (submitted/forthcoming)

2018

2018 “Rethinking Displacement: Transitional Justice and Forced Migration Studies,” in Susan McGrath and Julie Young, eds., New Horizons in Forced Migration Studies, University of Toronto Press (submitted/forthcoming)

2018

2006 “Do Muslims in Canada constitute a diaspora? An Exercise in Critical Citizenship Theory” in Diasporas and Opportunity Structures. University of Nevada Press.

2006

2006 “Ottoman Jews or Turkish non-Muslims: Characters in Search of an Author.” In Nergis Canefe and William Safran, eds. The Jewish Diaspora as a Paradigm.

2006

2005 “Ethics of Pseudo-Humanitarian Intervention in Macedonia: the Case that Fits.” In Charles Sampford and David Shugarman, eds., Ethics of Humanitarian Intervention. London: Routledge.

2005

2004 “Turkey and European Union: Introduction,” (pp. 1-17), “Turkey and European Union: Conclusion,” (pp. 265-274), and, “The Turkish Contract of Citizenship and the Union Model,” (pp. 215-240) in Turkey and European Integration: Accession Prospects and Issues. Mehmet Ugur and Nergis Canefe, eds. London and New York: Routledge.

2004

2003 “Communal Memory and Turkish Cypriot National History: Missing Links.” In Maria Todorova, ed., National Identities and national Memories in the Balkans. London: Hurst and Company, pp. 77-102.

2003

2002 “Türkiye’de Milliyetçiligin Populist Yüzleri [The Populist Faces of Turkish Nationalism].” (co-authored with Tan?l Bora) Published in Tan?l Bora, ed., The Encyclopedia of Turkish Nationalism. Istanbul: Iletisim Yay?nlar?, pp. 305-335.

2002

2001 “K?br?s’?n Türklesme Tarihinde Bir Dönüm Noktas? [A Turning Point in the Turkification of Cypriot History].” In Esra Özyürek, ed. Hat?rlad?klar? ve Unuttuklar? ile Türkiye’nin Toplumsal Haf?zas? [Remembrance, Forgetting and Social Memory in Turkey]. Istanbul: Iletisim Yay?nlar?, pp. 49-85.

2001

2001 "One Cyprus or Many: Historical Memory in Turkish Nicosia." in Simon Gurr and Robert Morris, eds., Identities in Space: Contested Terrains in the Western City since 1850. Aldershot: Ashgate Press, pp. 60-78.

2001

1998 "Rediscovering Politics: The Tribalist Dictum of the Ultra-Nationalist Right in Turkey," in Kenneth Christi, ed., Tribalist Politics. London: Curzon Press, pp. 153-173.

1998

1997 “The Kurdish Minority in Canada”, Encyclopedia of Minorities in Canada, Multicultural History Society of Ontario Publication, University of Toronto Press.

1997

1996 “Minority Rights and Beyond: A Reconsideration of Identity and Difference in National Politics,” in Mortimer Sellers, ed., The New World Order, Sovereignty, Peoplehood and Minority Rights, New York and London: Berg Press.

1996

Books

Publication
Year

Transitional Justice and Forced Migration: Perspectives from the Global South (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press)

2017

2007 The Jewish Diaspora as a Paradigm: Politics, Religion and Belonging. Edited volume in collaboration with William Safran, Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado (forthcoming, Edwin Mellen Publishers)

2007

2006 (Sole Author) Milliyetcilik, Kimlik ve Aidiyet [Nationalism, Identity and Belonging], Istanbul: Bilgi University Publishing House.

2006

2004 Turkey and European Integration: Accession Prospects and Issues. Edited volume in collaboration with Mehmet Ugur, Jean Monnet Professor at University of Greenwich. London and New York: Routledge.

2004

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

2018 Special Issue on Thinking beyond the Traditional Paradigm on Human Security, guest editor and contributor, Journal of Conflict Transformation and Security (forthcoming)

2018

2018 “Beyond Multiculturalism: Interculturalism, Diversity and Urban Governance,” Review Article, Ethnic and Racial Studies Review (forthcoming)

2018

2018 “Invisible Lives: Gender, Dispossession and Precarity amongst Syrian Refugee Women in the Middle East.” Refuge Special Issue, Feminist Perspectives on the Syrian Crisis (forthcoming)

2018

“To be or Not to be: The Politics of Criminalization of Muslim Youth in Canada.” Forthcoming in Western Minaret (May 2017 issue)

2017

2017 “Mea Culpa, Sua Culpa, Tua Maxima Culpa: Collective Responsibility and Legal Judgment.” Revista Direito UFMS 3 (1).

2017

2017 “Syrians are Coming” Arts Narrative, Journal of Narrative Politics (published in March 2017 issue)

2017

2017 “Hybrid Courts and the Future of International Criminal Law.” Submitted to Transnational Human Rights Review (under review)

2017

2017 “Legislating the Unforgivable: Jurisprudential Debates on Crimes Against Humanity.” International Human Rights Law 2(1).

2017

2017 “Syrian Refugees in the Middle East and Statelessness in Public International Law.” Submitted to Canadian Journal of Human Rights (under review)

2017

2017 “To be or Not to be: The Politics of Criminalization of Muslim Youth in Canada.” Western Minaret (published in May 2017 issue)

2017

2017 Editor of Special Issue titled Syrians are Coming; “Introduction: Syrians are Coming? Reframing the Syrian Refugee Crisis.” Refugee Watch 48 (May 2017): 1-7.

2017

2017 “Migration as Necessity: Contextualizing the European Response to Syrian Exodus.” Refugee Watch 48 (May 2017): 82-104.

2017

“Management of Irregular Migration: Syrians in Turkey as Paradigm Shifters for Forced Migration Studies,” New Perspectives on Turkey 54 (2): 9-32.

2016

“Post-Colonial State and Violence: Rethinking the Middle East and North Africa outside the Blindfold of Area Studies,” Refugee Watch No. 45 (June): 7-31.

2015

2006 Book review on Palestinian Refugees and the Right of Return, Journal of International Affairs.

2006

2005 “An Act of Citizenship? Freedom of Speech and University Politics in the Case of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” Citizenship Studies (accepted with minor revisions)

2005

2004 “Foundational Paradoxes of Balkan Nationalisms: Authenticity, Modernity and Nationhood.” Turkish Review of Balkan Studies 8. Published by Ortadogu ve Balkan Incelemeleri Vakfi [Research Foundation of Middle Eastern and Balkan Studies], pp. 107-148.

2004

2004 “The Kurdish Problem in Turkey.” Review Article, South European Society and Politics 8 (3), pp. 56-73.

2004

2003 “K?br?s Türk Toplumunda Tarihsel Aidiyet ve Vatanda?l?k Akti Aras?ndaki Geçi?lilik. [The Critical Relationship between Citizenship and Historical Belonging in Modern Turkish Cypriot Society] ” Toplum ve Bilim (Haziran), pp. 73-89.

2003

2003 “Refugees or Enemies: Turkish Cypriot Perceptions of the 1974 War." South European Society and Politics 7 (2), pp. 1-28.

2003

2002 "From Ethnicity to Nationalism: Intricacies of Turkish Cypriot Identity in the Diaspora" Rethinking History 6 (1), special issue edited by Patrick Finney, pp. 57-76.

2002

2002 “Intellectual Roots of Anti-European Sentiments in Turkish Politics: The Case of Radical Turkish Nationalism.” (co-authored with Tan?l Bora) Turkish Studies (Special Issue on Turkey-Europe edited by Barry Rubin and Ali Carkoglu) 4 (1), pp. 127-148. (reprinted in book format)

2002

2002 “Kosovo’s Refugees?” Review Article, Refuge (February), pp. 134-136.

2002

2002 “The Legacy of Forced Population Movements in Modern Turkish Society: Remembrance of the Things Past?” Balkanologie 5 (1-2), pp. 153-179.

2002

2002 "Turkish Nationalism and Ethno-Symbolic Analysis: Costs and Benefits." Nations and Nationalism 8 (2), pp. 1-28.

2002

2002 "Turkish Nationalism and Ethno-Symbolic Analysis: The Rules of Exception." Nations and Nationalism 8 (2), pp. 133-155.

2002

1999 "Cleansing Ethnicity from the [Balkan] Conflict." Times Higher Education Supplement (June 23 1999)

1999

1998 "Citizens versus Permanent Guests: Social and Political Effects of Immigration and Citizenship Laws in a Reunified Germany," Citizenship Studies 2 (3), pp. 519-544.

1998

1994 "The Yugoslavian Puzzle: Which Nation, Whose Nationalism and Other Unsettling Questions," Refuge. (June-July 1994) Special Issue on Yugoslavia.

1994

Conference Papers

Publication
Year

2006 “Blasphemy or Freedom of Speech? Issues Behind the Protests related to the Caricatures of Prophet Muhammed” Invited speaker at the Osgoode Hall Law School Roundtable on Muslim Minorities in the West, Toronto.

2006

2006 “The Muslims of France, or, Paris is Burning” Invited speaker in the Guest Lecture Series, Canadian Center for German and European Studies, York University, Toronto.

2006

2006 “The Politics of Belonging among the Muslims Diasporas in the Anglo-American World” International Studies Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, USA.

2006

2005 “Diasporas as the new site for Redemption? Hopes Crushed after 9/11” World International Studies Association First Annual Meeting, Istanbul, Turkey.

2005

2005 “Humanitarianism Undefined: Lessons to be Learnt from the faith of minorities in the Balkans.” World International Studies Association First Annual Meeting, Istanbul, Turkey.

2005

2005 “Jewish Enlightenment in the East? Nationalist Aspirations among Sephardic Jews of the Ottoman Empire.” Panel presentation, Jewish Diasporas: Myths and Realities Conference, York University, Toronto, Canada (also the organizer of the conference)

2005

2004 “Diasporas, Transnational identities and the Nation-State: End of Citizenship?” Paper tabled at the Imagining Diasporas: Space, Identity and Social Change Conference, University of Windsor, Canada.

2004

2004 “Diasporas, Transnational Migration and Limits of Citizenship: Points of Anchorage in the European Context.” Paper presented at the Immigration, Multiculturalism and Citizenship in Europe: Inclusion/Exclusion Conference organized by Canadian Centre for German and European Studies, Toronto.

2004

2004 “Dilemmas of identity Formation among Young Canadian Muslims: Tradition, National Belonging and Religious Identity in the Diaspora.” Paper presented at the International Conference on The Making of The Islamic Diaspora. Sponsored by SSHRCC, MCRI, Diaspora, Islam, and Gender Project, York University; The Ford Foundation Educational Project for Palestinians; York Centre for Refugee Studies; York Center for Feminist Research.

2004

2004 “Ethics of Humanitarian Intervention: the Case of Macedonia.” International Studies Association Annual Meeting, Hawai, USA

2004

2004 “Ethics of Humanitarian Intervention: the Long-term Effects of Regional Ethno-Politics.” Workshop participant at the Key Centre for Ethics Workshop (joint Canadian-Australian team), Brisbane, Australia.

2004

2004 “Ethics of Humanitarian Intervention: What Kind of Liberal Justice?” Ethics of Humanitarian Intervention Workshop (joint Canadian-Australian team), York University, Canada.

2004

2004 “Identity, Culture, and Paradigms of Incongruity in International Relations: the Case of Islam.” Paper presented at the Governance and Global (Dis)orders: Trends, Transformations, and Impasses. Eleventh Annual York Centre for International and Security Studies Conference in Conjunction with the Nathanson Centre for the Study of Organised Crime and Corruption.

2004

2004 “Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Canadian Politics: A Just Third Party?” Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.

2004

2004 “Politics and Religion in the Diaspora.” Issues of Social Justice Conference, York University, Canada (organized by Vijay Agnew)

2004

2004 “Religion, Migration and Belonging in a Comparative Context.” Transnational Religion and Migration Workshop, Cape Town, South Africa. Organiser: Social Science Research Council, New York, USA.

2004

2004 “Theories of Ethno-nationalism and their Effects in the Middle Eastern Context.” Paper presented at the 14th Annual Conference of ASEN (Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism), The Nationalism Debate, London School of Economics, UK.

2004

2003 “Citizenship, Belonging and New Formulations of Identity in a Transnational Context.” Workshop organiser and presenter, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey.

2003

2003 “Remembering and Forgetting Izmir/Smyrna.” Paper presented at the Politics of Memory Workshop, Bo?azici University, Istanbul, Turkey.

2003

2003 “The Legacy of Forced Population Exchanges: The Turko-Greek Case.” Paper presented at the Forced Migration Conference, University of Bath, United Kingdom.

2003

2003 “Whose Culture, Which Rights: Thoughts in the aftermath of Anglo-American Invasion of Baghdad.” Paper presented at the Panel Series on Sanat ve Insan Haklari [Art and Human Rights], Istanbul Technical University, Institute of Social Sciences, Istanbul, Turkey.

2003

2002 “Blind Spots in Turkish Migration Research: Refugees, Diaspora and Minorities.” Paper presented at the New Directions in Turkish Studies of Migration Conference, Bo?azici University, Istanbul, Turkey.

2002

2002 “How to Approach Religion in Migration Studies: The Things We Don’t Want to do.” Paper presented at the International Workshop on Transnational Migration and Religion Organised by the American Social Science Research Council, Istanbul, Turkey.

2002

2002 “Muslims in the Balkans: Who Are They Supposed to Be?” paper presented at the British International Studies Association Working Group on Balkan History Workshop, London School of Economics and Political Science.

2002

2002 “Paradoxes of Turkish Nationalism.” Paper presented at the Bilgi University Invited Speaker Series, Istanbul, Turkey.

2002

2001 “Europe in the Eyes of the ‘New’ Radical Turkish Right.” Paper presented in the special panel on Turkey and Europe, Pan-European International Studies Association Meeting, Heidelberg, Germany.

2001

2001 “Ottoman Legacy in Modern Turkish Society: The Issue of Civilisation.” Paper presented at the workshop on Traditions of Liberty in the Balkans, Halkidiki, Greece (organized by Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeastern Europe, Thessaloniki)

2001

2000 "Bi-Communal Relations in the Diaspora: Questions about the Cypriot Case." Paper presented at the Vienna Core Group Meeting, Project on Gender and Conflict Resolution, Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue, Vienna Austria.

2000

2000 "British Perceptions of the Yugoslav Refugees: Why Will The Kosova Crisis Cost so Dear to the Labour Government?" Paper presented at Bergen Workshop on Refugees and Migrants in Europe, August 2000, International Society for History of European Ideas, Norway.

2000

2000 "Citizenship and Memory in Turkish Cypriot Society." Paper read at History and Memory in Eastern Mediterranean Societies Workshop, Brown University, U.S.A.

2000

2000 "Diasporas and National History: The Case of Turkish Cypriots of London." Paper presented at the History and Memory in Southeast Europe Conference, University of Lampeter, Wales, U.K.

2000

2000 "Extreme Turkish Nationalism and History: Uneasy Alliances." Paper presented at the British Social History Society Conference, Cambridge, U.K.

2000

2000 "History as We Learnt It: The Rediscovery of the Ottoman Civilisation in Turkish Cypriot Society" Paper presented at the Regional Workshop on History and Nationalism, organised by Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeastern Europe, Larnaca, Cyprus.

2000

1999 "Changing Definitions of Race and Ethnicity in Historical Studies: Lessons from Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda." Paper presented at the Anglo-American Historians' Conference, Institute of Historical Research, U.K.

1999

1999 "Communal Memory and History Textbooks in Turkish Cypriot Society: Missing Links." Workshop Presentation at the Meeting on National Memory and History in Southeastern Europe, Halki, Greece

1999

1999 "Divided Memories of a Common History: Renovation of Turkish Cypriot Nicosia." Panel Presentation at the Annual Urban History Conference, Oxford University, U.K.

1999

1999 "Power, Visibility and Belonging in the Turkish Cypriot Diaspora." Paper presented at the Cypriot Society in the New Millennium: Globalisation and Social Change Conference, Greenwich, London

1999

1998 "Area Studies: Could We Write the Historiography of Academic Histories of Europe's Others?" Paper presented at the Social and Political Thought Program, 25th Year Anniversary Celebrations, York University, Canada.

1998

1998 "One Cyprus of Many? The Critical Relationship between Demography and History in Cyprus." Panel Presentation at the Pan-European International Relations Conference, Vienna, Austria.

1998

1998 "Remaking Cyprus: Long-term Effects of Population Displacements" Paper presented at the International Studies Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis USA

1998

1997 "Citizens versus Permanent Guests: Cultural Memory and Citizenship Laws in a Reunified Germany" Paper Presented at the Conference on Inclusion and Exclusion: International Migrants and Refugees in Europe and North America, New School for Social Research, New York, USA.

1997

1997 "Feminism, Refugees and Constructions of Otherhood: A Critical Approach" paper read and tabled at the 1997 Canadian Learneds Conference, Canadian Association of Socialist Studies Panel on Citizenship organized by Sedef Arat-Koc, St. Johns, Newfoundland.

1997

1997 "Genocidal Tendencies in Modern Turkish Ultranationalist Politics: The Alevi Massacres" paper read and tabled at the Second Meeting of the Association of Genocide Scholars, Montreal, Canada.

1997

1997 "Return of Utopia in Extremist Identity Politics" Paper presented at the 51st Annual Conference of New York State Political Science Association, New York, USA.

1997

1997 "The Construction of the Kurdish Problem in the Middle East as a Security Issue" Paper presented at the International Studies Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada

1997

1996 "A Comparative Analysis of Population-Exchange Policies as a Remedy for Minority-Related Problems.” Paper presented at Center for Refugee Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada.

1996

1996 "Democratic Liberalism and Changing Definitions of Ethnicity" paper tabled at the International Studies Association-North East Division Annual Meeting, Boston, USA

1996

1996 "Minorities versus the Middle East: Is the 'Kurdish Problem' Unique?" Paper presented at the Women in International Security Annual Workshop "Security Policy at Crossroads," Annapolis, USA

1996

1996 "Radical Marxism, Liberation Struggles and Languages of Descent" paper tabled at the 3rd Rethinking Marxism Conference, University of Massachusetts, USA.

1996

1996 "The Sovereign Nation-State and Minority Rights: Critical Approaches" Paper presented at the Special Workshop on Sovereignty and Human Rights, International Political Science Association, University of Essex, England.

1996

1996 "What is a 'National Minority'? Questions and Answers in the Context of Greek-Turkish Relations since the Lausanne Treaty" Paper presented at the Canadian Association of Studies in International Development, 1996 Canadian Learneds Meeting, Brock University, Canada

1996

1995 "A Critique of the Liberal Underpinnings of the International Human Rights Regime" Paper presented at the International Workshop on Women's Rights are Human Rights, York University, Toronto, Canada

1995

1995 "From margins to the Core: Minority Related Refugee Problems in Balkan States.” Paper presented at Center for Refugee Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada

1995

1995 "Membership versus Justice: The Bridges Between Habermas and Rawls" Paper presented at the Canadian Society of Political Science, 1995 Canadian Learneds Conference, Montreal, Canada

1995

1995 “Regional Responses to Ethno-Nationalist Secessionism: A Comparative Reading of Cyprus and Yugoslavia.” Paper presented at the Annual International Studies Association Conference, Chicago, USA

1995

1995 "The 'Others' of the Yugoslavian Civil War: The Future of the Muslim Communities in the Balkans" Paper presented at the First Bi-Annual Conference of International Society of Genocide Scholars, Williamsburg, College of William and Mary, Virginia, USA

1995

1995 "The Enigmatic Revival of Utopia in Identity Politics" Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Society for Utopian Studies, Toronto, Canada.

1995

1995 "The insiders and outsiders of German Nationalism after Re-unification" Paper presented at the Canada-Europe: Ethics and Migration Conference, The Hague, Netherlands

1995

1995 "The pan-Nationalist Element in Early Greek and Turkish Histories and Its Ramifications" Paper presented at the Modern Greek Studies Association Annual Meeting, Harvard University, Boston

1995

1994 "A Preliminary Analysis of the Minority-Related Problems in the Middle East.” Paper presented at Center for Refugee Studies, York University, Canada

1994

1994 "Canonisation of National Narratives: A Critical Approach" Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Society of Cultural Studies, University of Toronto, Canada

1994

1994 “Minorities in the Middle East: Historical Anomaly or Theoretical Impasse?” paper tabled at the Fourth International Research and Advisory Panel Conference on Refugees, Somerville College, Oxford, England (5-9 January 1994)

1994

1994 “Nationalism, Ethno-nationalism and the New World Order.” Paper presented at the Academic Council for the United Nations Annual Summer Workshop, Brown University, USA

1994

1993 "Death of Art-End of Tradition: The Riddle of an Emancipatory Recapturing of the Work of Art in Early and Late Frankfurt School" Paper presented at the Annual Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture Conference, State University of New York, Binghamton, U.S.A

1993

1993 "Feminism, Membership, and Theories of Justice: Critical Readings", Paper presented at the Conference on Gender Issues and Refugees: Development Implications, York University, Canada

1993

1993 “Possibilities of Repatriation: The Kurdish Case.” Paper presented at the Repatriation and Development Workshop I, Center for Refugee Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada

1993

1992 “The Kurdish Enigma in the Middle East.” Paper presented at the Center for Refugee Studies, York University, Canada

1992

Public Lectures

Publication
Year

2006 “Muslims in Canada: Minority or Diaspora?” Guest Lecturer, Brown Bag Series, Center for Refugee Studies, York University, Canada.

2006

2005 “Internally Displaced People in International Humanitarian Law.” Faculty Lecturer, Centre for Refugee Studies Summer School, York University, Canada.

2005

2005 “Liberalism versus Citizenship? Freedoms of Speech on Canadian Campuses.” Guest lecturer at the UCLA (Los Angeles, USA) Muslim Diasporas in the West Series.

2005

2004 “Jewish Enlightenment Amiss? Histories of Sephardic Jews in the Ottoman Empire”, Truman Centre, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.

2004

2002 Invited participant and discussant, Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeastern Europe Workshop on History Textbooks in Cyprus, London, U.K.

2002

2001 “Kemalism Old and New: Transmutations of Turkish Nationalism.” Invited speaker for the LSE Association for the Study of Nationalism and Ethnicity Seminar Series.

2001

2000 “The Historical Pedigree of the Ottoman Legacy: Revisiting Truisms.” Invited Speaker for the History Workshop Seminars, London.

2000

2000 "The Turkish Nationalist Right: Old Wine in New Bottles?" Invited speaker for the SOAS Turkish Studies Seminar Series.

2000

1999 "Religion versus Nationalism in Republican Turkish History: The Case of Christian Minorities." Invited speaker at the Balkan History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London.

1999

1999 "The Missing 'Ottomans' in Balkan National Histories: Lessons Learnt from the Turkish Case." Guest speaker at SSEES/CSEES seminars, University of London.

1999

1997 "The Legacy of Greek-Turkish Population Exchanges: Critical Thoughts." Guest lecturer, Refugee Studies Program, Oxford University, UK.

1997

1995 "German Romanticism Unbound: Greek and Turkish Early Nationalist Narratives Compared," Guest Lecturer Series, Department of Classical Studies, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA.

1995

1995 "The Turkish State versus Minority Rights." Symposium on Minority Rights in Turkey: Remembrance of the Events of September 6-7, 1955, Greek Canadian Association of Constantinople, Toronto, Canada.

1995

Approach to Teaching


I teach in the areas of Human Rights Law/Critical Perspectives, Comparative Minority Rights Law, War Crimes, Public Administrative Law, Politics of Utopia, Critical Perspectives on Socio-Legal Studies, and, Politics of International Law.


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2019 AP/POLS4255 6.0 A Issues in International Human Rights SEMR
Fall/Winter 2019 GS/POLS6200 6.0 A Adv. Study In International Relations SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2019 AP/POLS4255 6.0 A Issues in International Human Rights SEMR
Winter 2020 GS/PPAL6120 3.0 M Administrative Law and Ethics SEMR
Winter 2020 GS/PPAL6120 3.0 N Administrative Law and Ethics SEMR
Winter 2020 GS/POLS6195 3.0 M Theories of Public Policy SEMR
Fall/Winter 2019 GS/POLS6200 6.0 A Adv. Study In International Relations SEMR