Akke Wendelmoet Hamelink


Cultural Anthropology, Turkish and Kurdish Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Linguistics

Academic interests

  • oral history
  • narrativity
  • nationalism and political anthropology
  • conflict studies
  • gender
  • migration and displacement
  • religious anthropology
  • sociolinguistics, postcolonial studies


  • Guest Reseacher, Fafo Oslo
  • Reseacher, Max Weber Foundation
  • Researcher, Orient-Institut Istanbul
  • PhD candidate, Institute for Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University
  • MA in Cultural Anthropology, Leiden University


The best article award in Kurdish political Studies, for: A.W. Hamelink and H. Baris. (2014). “Dengbêjs on borderlands: borders and the state as seen through the eyes of Kurdish singer-poets.” Kurdish Studies 2: 34-60.


Associate Editor Kurdish Studies Journal


Tags: Syria, Gender studies, Subjectivity, Social anthropology, Narrative research, Refugee studies, Middle East, Kurds, Feminist theory, Religion, Diaspora


Hamelink, A.W. (2016). The Sung Home. Narrative, morality, and the Kurdish nation. Leiden: Brill Publishers.

Peer reviewed articles and book chapters
Hamelink, A.W. and H. Baris. (2014). “Dengbêjs on borderlands. Borders and the state as seen through the eyes of Kurdish singer-poets." In: Kurdish Studies Journal. 2 (1).

Forthcoming. (2017). Kuruoğlu, A. and A.W. Hamelink. “Sounds of resistance. Performing the political in the Kurdish music scene.” in: eds. L. Karakatsanis and N. Papadogiannis. The politics of culture in Turkey, Greece and Cyprus: performing the Left since the 1960s, New York: Routledge. (https://www.routledge.com/The-Politics-of-Culture-in-Turkey-Greece--Cyprus-Performing-the-left/Karakatsanis-Papadogiannis/p/book/9781138914452).

Forthcoming. (2016). Hamelink, A.W. “A landscape of silence. The Dengbêj folk poets of Turkey." In: eds. Gabrielle van den Berg, Theo Krispijn and Anne Oostrom. Musical traditions of the Middle East, reminiscences of a distant past. New Jersey: Giorgias press.

Other articles and reviews

Hamelink, A.W. (2016). Review of Kurdistan on the global stage: kinship, land, and community in Iraq. (2014). Diane King, Rutger University press. American Anthropologist, vol. 118 (4.)  

Hamelink, A.W. (2016). “Songs crossing borders. Musical memories of a family on the run.” Ed. C. Santacana. Many voices of oral history. Barcelona: Icaria.  

Review: Hamelink, A.W. (2007). Review of God and Sheikh Adi are Perfect. Sacred Poems and Religious Narratives from the Yezidi Tradition. Kreyenbroek, P.G. and K.J. Rashow (2005). (Iranica 9). Verlag Otto Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden.

Weiss, N., A.W. Hamelink, H. Zheng and A.B. Djuve. Et liv på vent. Oslo: Fafo policy report.

  • Begikhani, Nazand; Hamelink, Akke Wendelmoet & Weiss, Nerina (2018). Theorising women and war in Kurdistan: A feminist and critical perspective. Kurdish Studies.  ISSN 2051-4883.  6(1), s 5- 30

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  • Hamelink, Akke Wendelmoet; Greve, Martin & Ozdemir, Ulas (ed.) (2018). Diversity and Contact among Singer-Poet Traditions in Eastern Anatolia. Ergon Verlag.  ISBN 978-3-95650-286-6.  253 s.

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