Postdoctoral Fellow in Turkish-Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar Studies
Huseyin Oylupinar: Biography Huseyin Oylupinar was born and raised in Turkey. He gained his BA degree in the field of International Relations. He completed his MA in European Studies upon defending his MA thesis titled “Ukraine on the Border of Two Worlds: Foreign Policy Amidst Painstaking Transition.” While he was following his PhD in International Relations in one of the prestigious Turkish universities (Middle East Technical University) he was encouraged to follow an interdisciplinary PhD degree at the University Alberta (Canada). His PhD studies in Canada allowed him to travel Ukraine to conduct his research in the field every summer starting from 2008. In the meantime, he developed his Ukrainian which he started to learn as a Harvard Summer School Student (two times in 2006 and 2007). During his stays in Ukraine, Huseyin was a guest researcher at the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences and travelled major former towns of the Hetmanate and Zaporozhian Kozaks. Participant observations, interviews and library work he conducted in towns such as Baturyn, Konotop, Bakhmach, Poltava, Zaprozhia, Nikopol, etc. formed the basis for his dissertation titled “Remaking Terra Cossacorum: Kozak Revival and Kozak Collective Identity in Independent Ukraine.” The dissertation, which Huseyin will defend in August 20, 2014, tracks the historical travel of the images of Kozakdom and examines the ways it is used in negotiation of Ukrainian identity in the post-Soviet era. Coming close to his dissertation work Huseyin has been offered a fellowship in 2013 at the New Europe College (Bucharest) to conduct a research on interethnic relations of Crimean Russians and Crimean Tatars in Crimea. In his research Huseyin paid particular attention to Crimean Russian Kozaks’ role as a factor in defense of Russian interests in the peninsula. Not long after Huseyin’s fieldwork, Crimea was occupied and annexed by the Russian Federation and the Kozaks groups Huseyin worked on (Huseyin interviewed main Kozak figures) have taken active part on the side of occupants. Huseyin has been a researcher at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute with the support of Ukrainian Studies Fund and under supervision of Dr. Lubomyr Hajda in 2014 and later in 2015 as the Mihaychuk Fellow. During his time at HURI, Huseyin focused producing scholarly articles devoted to Ukrainian-Turkish relations since 1991 which was published by the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine). Huseyin’s other research involved study of current Ukrainian-Russian relations, Ukrainian-Turkish Relations and state of Crimean Tatars after Russian annexation. Huseyin also works on a larger project which will address Ottoman-Ukrainian interactions during the First World War. As a research fellow at CMES, Huseyin is working on development of a platform on which Ukrainian and Turkish scholars will communicate and coordinate scholarly cooperation towards examination of issues in relation to both countries. Huseyin also plans to contribute to the development of Crimean Tatar studies as a sub-branch of Ukrainian Studies.
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