Women dengbêjs and women collectors

We are pleased to invite you to our next panel discussion on Women dengbêjs and women collectors with participation of women collectors Goli Şadkam, Evîndar Şevîn, Bêrîvan Matyar, and Dr Marlene Schäfers. The panel will be conducted in Kurdish.


When: May 4, 2021 2:00 PM London (3:00 PM Warsaw)

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Gulê Şadkam was born in 1974 in a village near Quchan in Khorasan, Iran. She moved to Mashhad at the age of 5 and has completed her degrees in Physics and Sociology there. She has been collecting oral literature since 2005, and she works at a heritage institution in Iran since 2012. Her publications include Paçesor (children's stories), Sêxiştîyên Xorasanê (with Professor Celîlê Celîl), Gotina Pêşîyan (Proverbs), and Civaknasîya êl û eşîrên Îranê (sociology of clans and tribes in Iran, co-written). She is currently preparing a Kurdish-Farsi dictionary.



Born in Dîyarbekir, Bêrîvan Matyar started learning Kurdish at Kurdî-Der in 2013 and worked there after her graduation for two terms. She completed a degree in Sociology at Dicle University in 2017 and particpated in a training course for collecting folklore at the Mesopotamia Foundation the same year. Bêrîvan started an MA in Kurdish language at Dicle University in 2018. Her main areas of interest are oral culture and folk songs. She is a member of the editorial board of the Kovara Folklora.



Evîndar Şevîn is from Amed and lives in Mardin. She completed her degree in Sociology at Ankara University in 2013. She joined the training courses for collecting folklore at the Mesopotamia Foundation in 2017 and her collection of folk stories entitled 'Meryemnîgarê' was published in 2019. She is a member of editorial board of Kovara Folklora.



Dr Marlene Schäfers is a social anthropologist and British Academy Newton International Fellow at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on the impact of state violence on intimate and gendered lives, the politics of voice, and the intersections of affect and politics. She specializes in the anthropology of the Kurdish regions and modern Turkey. She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge and was Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Middle East and North Africa Research Group at Ghent University, Belgium. The seminar is organised in the scope of the project Citizens of the World: Modern Kurdish Literature and Heritagisation as a Means for Transforming and Revitalising the Kurdish Language and the Oral Tradition funded by the National Science Centre of Poland.