Ethnographic Research

In the spring of 2018, I began an ethnographic research project among displaced Yezidis in Iraqi Kurdistan. This was almost four years after the Sinjar (Shingal) Region had been subjected to a genocidal campaign by militants of the Islamic State. Until the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, I made several visits to the region, where I gained more knowledge about the people, culture, and myself. My research examines how internally displaced Yezidis navigate state and humanitarian networks to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of collective violence.

A mural in a displacement camp representing different religious and ethnic group in Iraq.
The Arabic and Kurdish sentence on the side: “#the life is beautiful together”