Wendelmoet Hamelink

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Phone +47 22858704
Mobile phone +47 94065236
Visiting address Gaustadalléen 30 0373 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1040 Blindern 0315 Oslo


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

Academic interests

  • Women’s history and activism
  • Oral history
  • Narrativity
  • Nationalism and political anthropology
  • Conflict studies
  • Gender
  • Migration and displacement
  • Religious anthropology
  • Sociolinguistics, postcolonial studies
  • Kurdish and Middle Eastern Studies


  • Marie Skłodowska Curie Postdoctoral Researcher, STK
  • 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


Associate Editor Kurdish Studies Journal


Challenging representations of Syrian Kurdish women in Scandinavia - Centre for Gender Research (uio.no)

You can read more about Wendy Hamelink on her personal website:  Wanderings of an Anthropologist (wordpress.com)

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


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.

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

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  • Hamelink, Wendelmoet & Mahmoud, Houzan (2022). Kurdish women’s life stories, feminism, and activism: A conversation with Houzan Mahmoud . Kurdish Studies. ISSN 2051-4883. 10(2), p. 73–83. doi: https%3A/doi.org/10.33182/ks.v10i2.719.

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