Interview with Deniz Gunce Demirhisar

L'imaginaire politique et le rapport à l'État des diasporas minoritaires issues de l'Empire ottoman dans la région de Marseille
chercheuses et chercheurs de demain, entretiens FMSH

Deniz holds a PhD in sociology from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales. Originally from Turkey, she works as an associate researcher at the French Institute of Anatolian Studies in Istanbul. While in France for her post-doctoral research thanks to the Thémis program, within the framework of her project: "The political imaginary and the relationship to the State of minority diasporas from the Ottoman Empire in the region of Marseille", she agreed to share with us her testimony on her project, her path and the obstacles she encounters as a researcher in her country. See her interview (in french)

Deniz Günce DEMIRHISAR is a doctorate in sociology from EHESS. After her BA and MA in Political Philosophy at the University of Paris IV Sorbonne and her MA in Sociology at EHESS, she defended her thesis entitled "Protestant Actors in Contemporary Turkey (2004-2007) Memory, Marginality, Utopia" in 2019 at EHESS. She is an associate researcher at L'IFEA (French Institute of Anatolian Studies) and CETOBaC since 2019, and qualified for the position of lecturer in Sociology since 2020.

  • Which project has been selected by the ATLAS program ? 01'36"
  • What obstacles do you encounter in your research ? 01'59"
  • You have recently arrived in France, what do you expect from this mobility program ? 01'43"
  • What advice would you give to researchers interested in the ATLAS program ? 01'59"
  • How do you see this collaboration continuing ? 00'47"
  • Why is research necessary in our societies ? 00'46"

My research project focuses on the political imaginary of Armenian diasporas in the Marseille region. I am interested in these populations who have lived in France for several generations but who retain a particular, often complex, link with their country of origin or reference, in this case Turkey. My questioning of this diasporic identity is intimately linked to family memory. Can the Armenian community be homogeneous both as French citizens, but also with regard to the conflicts that break out in Turkey or in Armenia? To answer this question, I decided to meet Armenians living in Marseille to discuss with them their family heritage, their emotional memory, but also their political projection as French citizens.

Deniz Günce DEMIRHISAR, docteure en sociologie de l’EHESS. Lauréate du programme Atlas- Recherche entravée
Deniz Gunce Demirhisar, lauréate du programme Atlas - recherche entravée
Published at 24 February 2023