Research Team

Dr Zerrin Özlem Biner

Zerrin Ozlem Biner


Özlem is a social anthropologist interested in conflict and post-conflict settings in the Middle East. She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge (2007), an MA in Social Anthropology from Goldsmiths College, University of London (2000), and a BA in Sociology from Koç University (1998). Between 2011 and 2016, Özlem worked as Research Associate in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. She has conducted extensive fieldwork on state practices, violence, memory, cultural heritage, property, compensation and justice from the perspective of Kurds, Arabs, and Syriac Christians in Southeast Turkey and of diasporic communities residing in Sweden and Germany. Her recent publications include “Acts of Defacement, Memory of Loss: Ghostly Effects of Armenian Crisis in Mardin, Southeast Turkey” in History and Memory (2010), and “Multiple Imaginations of the State: Understanding a Mobile Conflict of Justice and Accountability from the Perspective of Assyrian-Syriac Christians” in Citizenship Studies (2011). She is also co-editor of the volume Law Against the State: Ethnographic Forays into Law’s Transformations (Cambridge, 2012), a special journal issue on “Re-thinking Post-conflict Resolution” in Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development (2013). She has recently finished her first book manuscript on violence, justice and debt in Southeast Turkey and is also working on a co-authored book on the remnants of past violence in Turkey (arising from ERC funded “Remnants” Project).