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Yesim Kakalic

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I have completed my PhD (2022) at the Department of Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick. My research interests include identity construction, social integration, (critical) discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, humour, gender and migration. My PhD research project was supervised by Prof Stephanie SchnurrLink opens in a new window and Prof Steve MannLink opens in a new window. I am a Research Associate in Participatory AI and Data Justice at The Alan Turing Institute.Link opens in a new window

Current Research

  • My PhD research deals with the identification processes of offspring from German Turkish families and how this is related to a specific discursive context: mainstream public discourses of the social integration of Turkish Germans in Germany. In understanding the sense-making processes of social integration by those who are targeted and positioned as integrators in mainstream discourses, my phd aims to provide further empirical insights into the complex nature of identity in bi/multicultural citizens in Europe. The insights provided are of the in-depth kind, contributing to our understanding of the complex issues members of the German-Turkish community in Germany struggle with or manage when constructing and performing their social identities in everyday life.
  • As part of my IAS fellowship I intend to conduct an interdisciplinary study, which applies the theoretical and practical insights gained from my PhD research to the UK context.
  • One of my current joint projects focuses on the gendering of professional mobility by focusing on the reported experiences of a non-elite immigrant by exploring their life story.
  • For my role at The Alan Turing Institute, I explore the experiences and perceptions about Privacy-Enhancing Technologies (PETs) of regulators and firms world-wide. This research is part of Project FAIRLink opens in a new window: Framework for responsible adoption of artificial intelligence in the finance services industry.

Previous Degrees

Publications

  • Kakalic Y., Schnurr S. (2021) Humour as a Strategy to Talk About and Challenge Dominant Discourses of Social Integration: A Case Study of Adolescent German Turkish Descendants in Germany. In: Vanderheiden E., Mayer CH. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Humour Research. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-78280-1_4Link opens in a new window
  • Kakalic, Y. (2022) ‘Biodeutsch’ and ‘Ausländer’ – Shifting Notions of Otherness in Narratives of Discrimination: A Case Study of German Turkish Descendants in Germany. Journal of Language and Discrimination, 6 (2), 289–320. https://doi.org/10.1558/jld.20639

  • Kakalic Y., Slutskaya M., Schnurr S. (under revision) Exploring the gendering of professional mobility from theperspective of a non-elite migrant. In: Srivastava A., Maheshwari, D., Krishnan, C. (eds) Subverting Social Inequalities: Gender as a Social Reality. CRC Press-Taylor and Francis Group.

Conference Presentations and Webinars

2022 (virtual)

  • 24th International Conference in Applied Linguistics (WICAL2022), University of Warwick, UK: "‘I don’t want to get integrated!‘ Exploring the identification processes of offspring from Turkish German families against the background of mainstream discourses of social integration"
  • Webinar delivery as part of the Migration, Identity, and Translation Network (MITN) entitled: “’Don’t take my migration background away!’” Challenging mainstream discourses of social integration: Investigating individual experiences of ethnic minority group members in Germany”
  • 17th International Pragmatics Conference (IPrA2021), Zurich University of Applied Sciences and the School of Applied Linguistics
  • 23rd Warwick International Conference in Applied Linguistics (WICAL2021), University of Warwick, UK
  • 7th Young Linguists' Meeting in Poznań (YLMP2021), Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland

2019

  • International Conference on Verbal Humour (CIHV2019), University of Alicante, Spain: “'I better adapt myself': Using humour to construct, negotiate and challenge identities by drawing on media coverage around social integration of German-Turkish descendants"

2018

  • 22nd Warwick International Conference in Applied Linguistics (WICAL2018), University of Warwick, UK: "'Are you from Turkey or what?': Approaching issues of social integration of second-generation German-Turkish descendants in Germany from a sociolinguistic perspective"

2017

  • 20st Warwick International Conference in Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick (WICAL2017), UK: "'Let me tell you who I am': Identity construction of second generation German-Turk descendants in spoken interaction"

Postgraduate Awards

Teaching

  • Associate Tutor for MA core module ET9B9: Spoken Interaction (2022 - present)
  • Research supervision of five Master Dissertations (MSc ICBP, Applied Linguistics) (2022 - present)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant for MSc core module ET9D7: Research Methods (2021-present)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant for MSc core module ET915: Leadership, Teamwork, & Culture (2021-2022)
  • Associate Tutor for MSc core module ET901: Exploring Professional Communication (2019-2020; 2021-2022)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant for MA core module ET9B9: Spoken Interaction (2019-2020; 2021- 2022)
  • Associate Tutor for MA core module ET9B1: Approaches to Written Discourse (2019-2020)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant for MSc core module ET908: Understanding Culture (2020-2021)
  • Guest lecturer for MSc optional module ET914: Globalisation and Workplace Culture (2019-2020; 2021)
  • Tutor for intermediate German language classes organised by the Society World@Warwick (2017)

Professional Activities

Memberships

Yesim Kakalic

Yesim Kakalic

Y.Kakalic@warwick.ac.uk 

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