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Yesim Yaprak Yildiz is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Cambridge and a Visiting PhD Scholar at the Centre for International Governance and Justice. For more information please see her Regnet profile.
Yaprak’s doctoral research analyses the function of truth-telling in reconciliation processes with a focus on the confessions of Turkish state officials on past atrocities against the Kurdish population, particularly in 1990s, when grave human rights violations were committed against civilians during the conflict between Turkish army and the Kurdish armed group PKK.
In her PhD thesis, she aims to provide a discussion on different modalities of truth-telling in Turkey drawing upon the literature on confessional narratives and Foucault’s studies on truth and confession in his Discipline and Punish, History of Sexuality and his final lectures including Wrong-doing and Truth-telling: The Function of Avowal in Justice. She aims to examine the workings of power in the public confessions through a discussion on the narratives, performances and positioning of the officials making the confessions.