Academic Visitors

Wasey Khalil, M.A.

Foto_Khalil_klein Wasey Khalil (Pakistan) – Research project/PhD-project on “Migration in the context of social transformation and figurations – Perspectives and experiences of Afghan and Pakistani refugees in Germany”.

Wasey Ullah Khalil comes from Pakistan, where he was a PhD student at the University of Peshawar. He did his research on the topic of “Proxy wars and migration”, which led him to interview internally displaced and migrated persons as well as their families, and additionally illegalized migrants from Afghanistan in Pakistani camps. This motivated him to work beyond IDPs’ issues and to expand his research to illegalized migrants. Furthermore, he headed an organization focusing on the education about religion and religious extremism. In 2013 he was forced to leave Pakistan due to a blasphemy case against him, which put his life at risk, so he fled Pakistan and entered Germany in October 2015 as an Asylum seeker. Since the beginning of 2016 he has been living in Göttingen. At first he was a guest student at the Georg-August-University, then he resumed his PhD studies at the department of Prof. Dr Gabriele Rosenthal where he learned about biographical methods. As scholarship holder of the program “Wissenschaft.Niedersachsen.Weltoffen” for scholars in danger, he is being funded by the Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony.

The primary goal of his PhD-research is to study families and life histories of illegalized migrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan in Germany. He wants to reconstruct the process of migration and the migrants’ experiences on their routes of migration, as well as their current perspectives, so those processes that lead to leaving the home country and the following biographical development. The secondary goal of the research is to highlight the effects on the patterns of action and transformation of emotions of the illegalized migrants during their journeys from their respective home countries to Germany. This research interest is to be achieved by a biographical approach.

Sevil Çakır-Kılınçoğlu, M.A.

Sevil Çakır-Kılınçoğlu has received the Wissenschaft.Niedersachsen.Weltoffen scholarship for 2018 -2020. She is a PhD candidate in Middle Eastern Studies, at Leiden University, the Netherlands; and a guest researcher at the Center of Methods in Social Sciences at the University of Göttingen.

Previously, she worked as a lecturer at Middle East Technical University, Northern Cyprus and taught courses on social movements and the Middle East. Her research interests revolve around political violence, contentious politics, gender and life history. She is interested in how individuals get involved in high-risk activism in particular and decide to engage in risky or violent activities in general. Her dissertation is a comparative study of Iranian and Turkish women who were involved in activities in the ranks of radical leftist organizations during the 1960s and 1970s. Her research has been supported by Leiden University Institute for Area Studies and Leiden University Fund. She speaks Turkish, English, Persian, and Arabic.