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Documenting and Archiving Kurdish Heritage, part 3

Organisers: Dr Farangis Ghaderi (Exeter) and Dr Joanna Bochenska (Jagiellonian University)

Reflections on Dengbêjs [oral poets/storytellers] as Narrators of the Past Dr Metin Yüksel

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Dengbêjs are Kurdish oral poets who most often perform oral traditions without any instrumental accompaniment. Having functioned as an essential medium in the historical transmission of the Kurdish language and culture, dengbêjs' narratives encompass a wide range of topics including love, conflict, and history. This talk focuses on the narratives of the two renowned dengbêjs by the name of Reso and Şakiro.

Dr Metin Yüksel received his PhD at the University of Chicago's Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations in 2011. He teaches at Hacettepe University in Ankara. His research focuses on social and cultural history of the modern Middle East. His work has appeared in edited volumes and various journals such as Middle Eastern Studies, The Muslim World, Iranian Studies, Journal of Postcolonial Writing and Journal of Folklore Research.

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