Hamelink, Dr. A.W. (Wendelmoet)

  • Research Fellow
  • Narrative
  • Oral history
  • Nationalism
  • Postcolonial studies
  • Kurds and Armenians in the Middle East

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2727
E-Mail: a.w.hamelink@fsw.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen, Instituut CA/Ontwikkelingssociologie
Office Address: Pieter de la Court gebouw
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden

Postdoc: Cultural memories of Armenians originating from Sassoun, eastern Turkey. Wendelmoet investigates the cultural memories of people from Sassoun who moved to different places during and after the 1915 genocide. The research was conducted in Lebanon, Turkey and France in 2014-15. Funded by the Max Weber Stiftung and the Hrant Dink Foundation.

PhD: The Sung Home. Narrative, morality, and the Kurdish nation investigates the lives and songs of Kurdish singer-poets (dengbêjs) whose art was recently revitalized. The dissertation contributes to a better understanding of how power relations and everyday politics are articulated through and played out in cultural productions and cultural activism.

CV A.W. Hamelink (2015)


Currently, Wendelmoet is revising her dissertation for publication by Brill Publishers. She is working on an article about Sassoun Armenians, and work on a more popular publication with life stories about this same topic, to be published by the Hrant Dink Foundation. She lives in Turkey to prepare a research project on Kurdish women, forced migration and religious affiliations.


  • 2015: Hrant Dink Foundation grant research support (700euro) Book preparation about Sassoun Armenians

  • 2014: Jurriaanse Stichting Volkskracht grant for dissertation costs (800 euro)

  • 2014: Gerard D. Feldman Reisebeihilfen for research at Orient-Institut Beirut, Orient-Institut Istanbul, and Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte in Paris, April to July 2014 (5000 euro)

  • 2007 and 2008: Two LUF (Leiden University Fund) research grants for fieldwork in Turkey. (4000 euro)


  • My dissertation is accepted for publication by Brill Publishers, Leiden, as part of a new series: (I currently work on the revisions which are planned to be finished by the end of August 2015.)

  • (Forthcoming 2016) Hamelink, A.W. The sounds of silence. Sassoun Armenians speak, Hrant Dink Foundation

  • 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 vol.2, nr.1. This article was translated into Kurdish and published in the Kurdish academic journal Wêje û Rexne, Sept. 2014

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