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Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme


The following people are currently Visiting Scholars affiliated with Cambridge Interfaith Programme:

Dr Adnan Çelik

Adnan Çelik received his Ph.D. degree in Social Anthropology from EHESS in Paris with the thesis entitled “Internal violence across time and space: Revisiting the Kurdish conflicts in Turkey at the local level (From 19th century to the war of the 1990s)". He is an associated member of the IFEA (French Institute for Anatolian Studies, Turkey), the CETOBaC (Centre for Turkish, Balkan and Central Asian Studies, France), and the DFG Research Network - Contemporary History of Turkey (Germany). His current research interests include political violence, intra-Kurdish conflicts, Kurdish transnational activism during the Cold War, oral history, Armenian Genocide memory, and coming to terms with the past.

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Dr Ari Şekeryan

Ari Şekeryan received his PhD from the University of Oxford in 2018. His thesis, titled "The Armenians in the Ottoman Empire after the First World War (1918-1923)," bridges the disciplines of history, international relations, and area studies by analyzing the minority-majority relations in the final years of the Ottoman Empire, primarily focusing on the relations between the Armenians and Ottoman Muslims. His research was grounded in detailed archival research conducted at the library of the Armenian Mekhitarist Congregation in Vienna, Austria; the Prime Minister’s Ottoman Archives in Istanbul, Turkey; and the National Library of Yerevan, Armenia. He edited "The Adana Massacre 1909: Three Reports and An Anthology of Armenian Literature 1913." His latest articles appeared in the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Turkish Studies, the Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association, and War in History. Dr. Şekeryan was a fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2019, the Kazan Visiting Professor in Armenian Studies at California State University, Fresno during Spring 2020 and the Manoogian Postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Armenian Studies at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor during the academic year of 2020-2021.

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Dr Erol Saglam

Erol Saglam is a social anthropologist working on reconfigurations of statecraft, its relation to the law, and the changing parameters of political subjectivity at the intersections of conspiracy theories, societal violence, and bureaucratic operations. Following his undergraduate and graduate studies at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Saglam earnt his Ph.D. degree in 2017 from Birkbeck, University of London with his anthropological research on nationalist communities of northeast Turkey. Following his doctoral studies, Saglam worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Stockholm University and is currently a lecturer at Istanbul Medeniyet University, Istanbul. Saglam’s publications dealt with everyday configurations of Islamic piety in the Turkish context, everyday dynamics that forge and maintain heteronormative masculinities, how Turkish public space accommodates socio-cultural distinctions in different modalities, and the challenges facing ethnographic methodology in contemporary world.

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Professor Glen Milstein

Dr Milstein is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at The City College of the City University of New York, where students come from 110 countries. He teaches Immigration Psychology, as well as the Civic Engagement of Religion. Each is studied from a lifespan development and prevention science perspective, which can elucidate both resilience and risks. His research investigates and facilitates the intersections of religion and mental health, as well as immigration and psychological resilience. Milstein's team developed and implements the Clergy Outreach and Professional Engagement (COPE) paradigm to create programs that promote collaboration between faith based organizations and health or education professionals, which improve the continuity of wellness and acculturation. They have worked with community mental health centers, local schools, the Red Cross, as well as the United States Military and Veteran Affairs. Dr. Milstein lectures locally, nationally and internationally. Central to all this work is helping persons to develop or regain their own sense of “home”.

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Dr Hrag Papazian

Hrag Papazian is Promise Armenian Institute postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Anthropology at UCLA. He earned his doctoral degree in anthropology from the University of Oxford (2020) where his dissertation about Armenians in contemporary Turkey was awarded the David Parkin Prize. Papazian’s research interests include religion and race, ethnicity and nationalism, migration and diasporas, politics and activism, and the (un)making of social boundaries. He has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Turkey and Armenia, and has previously taught at the American University of Armenia for two years. As a visiting scholar at Cambridge, Papazian researches popular perceptions and the political instrumentalisation of Turkey and the 'Turk' in Armenia after the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war.

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Professor Judith Frishman

Judith Frishman is Professor Emerita of Jewish Studies at Leiden University where she headed the programmes of the Leiden Centre for the Study of Religion in 2015-2019. Her fascination is with the effects of Enlightenment and modernity on Jewish identity, both collective and individual. The link between the rise of nationalism and the majority religion in Western Europe during the 19th century brought about a rethinking of what it meant to be Jewish. Having lost political autonomy yet accused of double loyalty, Jews sought to redefine themselves in terms of a religious denomination. How Jews then reformed and recast their religion, engaging in polemics with Christianity and the Christian majority has been the topic of much of her research. Parallels with present debates concerning Islam and the integration of Muslims in Western Europe seem obvious, yet no one has as yet made a concerted effort to compare the integration of these two minority groups. Prof Frishman is working on a grant proposal to study this, and undertaking research on the transnational development of Reform Judaism based on hitherto unpublished Rabbinic Correspondence with a focus on Samuel Hirsch and David Einhorn.

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Dr Nora Tataryan

Nora Tataryan is an assistant professor at Bahçeşehir University, Faculty of Communication. She got her PhD from Women & Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto, completed her Master’s degree in Cultural Studies at Sabanci University (Istanbul) and her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy at Galatasaray University (Istanbul) and Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Interested in aesthetics, feminist philosophy, psychoanalysis and race studies, her current research is focused on recognition politics and the representation of Armenian Genocide in contemporary Turkish art.

Philip Gamaghelyan, Ph.D.

Philip Gamaghelyan, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego. He is also a conflict resolution scholar-practitioner, the co-founder and board member of the Imagine Center for Conflict Transformation, and the managing editor of the Caucasus Edition:

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Dr Pınar Sayan

Pınar Sayan is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Beykoz University, Visiting Scholar at University of Cambridge, AHDA Fellow at Columbia University and Scholar at Istanbul Political Research Institute. She received Bachelor’s degree from Marmara University; Master’s degrees from Boğaziçi University and London School of Economics; and PhD degree from Marmara University. She is a recipient of the Jean Monnet Scholarship, Humanity in Action Pat Cox Fellowship, Swedish Institute Fellowship, Georg Eckert Institute Fellowship among others and was a visiting researcher at Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies and Georg Eckert Institute. Previously, she acted as the Turkey Director of Imagine Center for Conflict Transformation and co-editor of Caucasus Edition: Journal of Conflict Transformation. She takes part in civil society projects addressing conflict transformation, human rights and minority rights as coordinator, consultant, trainer or facilitator.

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