University of Exeter, Exeter, UK January, 2016
PhD, Kurdish Studies
University of Exeter, , Exeter, UK September, 2011
MA, Kurdish Studies
University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran February, 2009
MA, English Literature
Razi University, Kermanshah, Iran July, 2006
BA, English Language & Literature
- SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
Kurdish Nationalism on Stage: Performance, Politics and Resistance in Iraq. London & NY: I. B. Tauris, 2019.
- BOOK CHAPTERS
“Kurdish Theatre” in H. Bozarsalan, C. Gunes and V. Yadirgi (eds.) The Cambridge History of Kurds. Cambridge university Press, forthcoming.
“Destpeka Şanoyê li Başûrê Kurdistanê (The Emergence of Theatre in Iraqi Kurdistan)” in Ç. Zêdo and Y. Akkuzu (eds.) Dîroka Şanoya Kurdî (The History of Kurdish Theatre), Istanbul: Peywend, pp. 59-68, 2015.
“Şanoya Kurdî li Başûrê Kurdistanê: Salên 1920-1968an (Kurdish Theatre in Southern Kurdistan: between 1920 and 1968)” in Ç. Zêdo and Y. Akkuzu (eds.) Dîroka Şanoya Kurdî (The History of Kurdish Theatre), Istanbul: Peywend, pp. 69-95, 2015.
“Di Salên 1970yî de li Başûrê Kurdistanê Şano (Theatre in the 1970s Iraqi Kurdistan)” in Ç. Zêdo and Y. Akkuzu (eds.) Dîroka Şanoya Kurdî (The History of Kurdish Theatre), Istanbul: Peywend, pp. 96-108, 2015.
“Performance Traditions of Kurdistan: Towards a more comprehensive theatre history.” Iranian Studies. 51:2, 2018, pp. 269-287.
“The Translingualism of Kurdish Writers: A Postcolonial Reading of Ali- Ashraf Darvishian’s Autobiographical Novel Sālhāyi Abrī (Cloudy Years).” Studies in the Novel, vol. 48 no. 4, 2016, pp. 462-476. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/sdn.2016.0049
“About Kurdish Nationalism on Stage:
Since its emergence in the 1920s, Iraqi-Kurdish theatre was used as a tool of national identity building and modernisation. It promoted literacy, education and women’s rights and became one of the most visible forms of Kurdish cultural nationalism by exploring folklore, myths, legends and local history and by celebrating heroes of the past. As time went on, by staging anti-feudalist and anti-monarchist plays, theatre became engaged in representing and legitimising the wider political movement in Iraq that ultimately led to the overthrow of the monarchy in 1958. Between 1975-1991, even under strict censorship during the Baath rule, Kurdish theatre continued to promote Kurdish nationalism and resistance through the use of Kurdish folk culture and literature. This book is based on dramatic texts from the period, interviews with Kurdish theatre artists, Kurdish theatre histories, historical documents, and journalistic accounts. It illustrates the ways in which theatre participated in the Kurdish national struggle and how it responded to political changes in different historical periods. It is the first book dedicated to Kurdish theatre and complements the latest research that examines theatre in its wider socio-political context.”