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Yesim Kakalic


I am a doctoral researcher at the Department of Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick and have passed my viva in March 2022. 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 Assistant at The Alan Turing InstituteLink opens in a new window and an Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study.Link opens in a new window Projects as part of the latter are co-mentored by Prof Stephanie Schnurr from AL and Prof Özlem AtikcanLink opens in a new window from PAIS.

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 Regulator's experiences and perceptions of Homomorphic Encryption (HE) in the finance sector. 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


  • 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. opens in a new window
  • Kakalic, Y. (in press) ‘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. 

Conference Presentations and Webinars

2022 (virtual)

  • 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


  • 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"


  • 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"


  • 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"


  • Research supervision of five Master Dissertations (MSc in Intercultural Communication for Business and the Professions) (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)
  • Associate Tutor 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

Postgraduate Awards

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) (2022)


Yesim Kakalic

Yesim Kakalic 

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