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Mr Nihat Argun Cakir, BA(Istanbul), MA(Istanbul), MA(Exon.)


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My main research interests lie in Kurdish oral traditions and music, especially the itinerant performers of oral traditions among the Kurds known today as dengbêjs. In my existing research on the subject, I have mainly focused on the reinvention of the dengbêj performance tradition within the context of Kurdish nation building. In addition, my PhD research concerns Dom peripatetic lineages in south-eastern Turkey (northern Kurdistan), where I investigate the relation between economic transformation, social status, and self-representation within the peripatetic Dom community in the last few decades.

At present, I am working as a postdoctoral researcher on the ERC-funded research project Beyond East and West: Developing and Documenting an Evolving Transcultural Musical Practice.


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