Purple Certificate Project Specialist

Berfin Çiçek was previously a Master’s student in the Cultural Studies department at Sabancı University and a research assistant at the Gender and Women’s Studies Center for Excellence. She completed her undergraduate studies of Comparative Literature at Koç University with an Honors thesis “Telling the Memories of Massacre: Trauma and Testimony from Dersim’s 38” published by Amsterdam University Press in Conference Proceedings. She wrote her MA thesis “Politics of Resistance in Modern Iranian Literature: Trauma, Memory and the Limits of Subjectivities”. Her previous presentations and works appeared at organizations by American Comparative Literature Association’s Annual Meeting in 2021, Turkologentag European Convention on Turkic, Ottoman and Turkish Studies, UPenn’s Liberal Arts Collective, NYU’s creative writing journal, and the British Association for Holocaust Studies. Her article “Metaphors of Mental Unrests: Making Subjectivity and Resistance in Modern Iranian Film and Fiction” was published in Monograf Journal in January. She is specifically interested in comparative modernisms and Turkish and Iranian literatures. She has been admitted to the Ph.D.program of Comparative Literature at the University of Edinburgh. Also, she started working as a project specialist in Purple Certificate Program at SU Gender in October 2022.