Dr. David Leupold

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

Telefon: +49-(0)30-80307-114


Since 2020
Postdoctoral research fellow in the research unit "Representations of the Past as a Mobilising Force" at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), Berlin, Germany
2018 - 2019
Manoogian postdoctoral research fellow and lecturer in the University of Michigan Department of Sociology, Ann Arbor, MI, United States of America
2015 - 2016
Project coordinator and organizer of the KOSMOS-funded international workshop "Asylum Seeking 2017" and the ensuing series of lectures, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Academic degrees

2014 - 2018
Ph.D. (summa cum laude), Social Sciences, Berlin Graduate School in Social Sciences (BGSS), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; doctoral thesis: ‘Bridging Memories in a Contested Geography – Eastern Turkey. Western Armenia. Northern Kurdistan’; supervised by Klaus Eder, Silvia v. Steinsdorff and Ronald G. Suny
2011 - 2014
M.A., German-Turkish Masters in Social Sciences, Middle Eastern Technical University Ankara and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; final thesis: ‘Memory, Multilingualism and Mediation. The Case of a Turkophone Armenian Family from Cilicia’
2008 - 2011
B.A., Contemporary Middle Eastern Studies, Otto-Friedrich Universität Bamberg; final thesis: ‘Das Safarnāmeh des Adīb al-Molk über seine Pilgerreise in den osmanischen Provinzen des Irak’
2010 - 2011
Ege University, Izmir (year abroad, part of the B.A.); main focus: Turkey’s neighbourhood policy, Turkish-Kurdish conflict, the emergence of modern Turkey


Memory Wars (English-taught B.A. & M.A. course), University of Michigan, Department of Sociology & History
Politics of Memory in Post-Socialist Europe (English-taught M.A. course), Charles University Prague, Balkan, Eurasian & Central European Studies
2016 - 2017
Turkey and Germany – Making of European Modernity (English-taught M.A. course) Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Department of Social Sciences
Interethnic relations in Europe (English-taught M.A. course), Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, Department of Political Science
History of Armenian nationalism (MA specialization; taught together with Ronald G. Suny), Pázmány Péter Catholic University Budapest, Department of History

Selected publications


Embattled Dreamlands: The Politics of Contesting Armenian, Turkish and Kurdish Memory. Routledge, New York / London, 2020

Peer-reviewed journal articles
Book chapters and further publications

“Authentische Gewaltgeschichten oder verzerrte Spiegelbilder? - Die türkische und armenischeGeschichtsdeutung von 1915 im Lichte des Nationalmythos”, in Geschichte als Ressource: Politische Dimensionen historischer Authentizität, Klaus Schwarz, Berlin (2017).

“Collectivities beyond National Frontiers –Turkophone Armenians from Cilicia” in Türkei im Spannungsfeld von Kollektivismus und Diversität , vol. 2, Springer, Berlin (2016).

“Genocide Memorialization beyond the Ethno-National Divide: Bridging Memories of Armenians, Kurds and Turks in Van, Mush, and Sasun,” Clark – Digital Commons, Clark University,Worcester, MA (2015, published online).


Neil Brenner's New urban spaces. Urban theory and the scale question (2019)Jourmal for Eurasian Geography and Economics, Taylor & Francis, Abingdon (2020).

Bernhard Forchtner’s Lessons from the Past? Memory, Narrativity and Subjectivity (2016),Journal of Language and Politics, John Benjamins, Amsterdam (2018).

Selected Talks

“Eastern Turkey as a ‘Mnemonic Cell of Resistance’?: Local Memory Culture and the Armenian Other,” paper presented at the 5th annual European symposium on Turkey (Vienna, Austria), 30 November, 2019.

“Post-Soviet Societies and the ‘Revenge of the Past’?: The Case of Armenia,“ paper presented the conference Memory, Transformation and Transitional Justice, OSCE Academy (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan), 23 October, 2019.

“Ancien Materiality: Renegotiating The Monumental Landscape In Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, paper presented at the 8th International Urban Geographies Of Post-Communist States Conference, University of Belgrade (Belgrade, Serbia), 26 September, 2019.

“Bottom-Up Internationalism: The Life and Afterlife of the Industrial Cooperative Interhelpo in Kyrgyzstan,” paper presented at the Fourth Annual Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies, University of Tartu (Tartu, Estonia), 8 June, 2019.

“Relicts Of (Another) Future?: Afterlife of the ‘Soviet City’ in the Caucasus and Central Asia,” paper presented at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (Leipzig, Germany), 3 June, 2019.

“Southeastern Turkey as a ‘Mnemonic Cell of Resistance’ ?: Vehicles of Local Memory and the Armenian Genocide (1915-1916),” paper presented at the international conference We Will Live After Babylon. Armenische und jüdische Existenzerfahrung zwischen. Vertreibung, Exil und Vernichtung, European Institute of Jewish Music (Hannover, Germany), 25 February, 2019.

“Bridging Memories in a Contested Geography: Eastern Turkey. Western Armenia. Northern Kurdistan”, ASP annual public lecture, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, United States), 23 January, 2019.

“Hafıza ve Nisyan: Hatırlayamadıklarımız,” talk held (in Turkish) at the Anka Cultural Center (Van, Turkey), 10 December, 2018.

“Amboghjatsnelov antsayly. Haykakan, turkakan yev krdakan badumnery,” talk held (in Armenian) at the Heinrich Böll Foundation (Yerevan, Armenia), December, 2017.

“Fatally-Tied Together – The Kurds, the Armenian Genocide and the Question of Perpetrator- and Victimhood,” paper presented at the Workshop in Armenian and Turkish Studies (WATS), spearheaded by the University of Michigan (Potsdam, Germany), 17 September, 2017.

“The Lake Van region in oral history accounts from Armenia and Turkey”, paper presented at the Hrant Dink Conference The Social, Cultural and Economic History of Van and the Region (Istanbul, Turkey), 11 November, 2016.

“From Adana to Yerevan via Beirut”, paper presented at the conference Migrations, Refugees and Global Justice – Comparative Perspectives in Societies of Migration, University of California and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Berlin, Germany), September 8, 2016.

“Vehicles of Local Memory and Remembering Beyond the State: Insights from the Kurdish and Armenian case”, lecture at the Shoah Foundation (Los Angeles, USA), 15 February, 2016.

“Van & Bitlis between Western Armenia and Northern Kurdistan – Collective Memory between National Myth and Multi-Collectivity”, paper presented at the International Graduate Conference on Armenian Studies, University of California (Los Angeles, USA), 12 February, 2016.

“Genocide Memorialization beyond the Ethno-National Divide: Bridging Memories of Armenians, Kurds and Turks in Van, Mush, and Sasun”, paper presented at the Conference Holocaust and Genocide, Clark University (Worcester, USA), 10 April, 2015.

“Iraq at the crossroads of Iranian-Ottoman history - the intellectual encounter of Adib ul-Mulk and Reshid Pasha Gozluklu“, paper accepted for the Symposia Iranica, Cambridge University (Cambridge, UK), invited.

“1915 im Narrativ einer turkophonen, armenischen Familie aus Kilikien“, paper presented (in German) at the Leibniz-workshop Lokale Geschichte(n), (Macht-)Politik und die Suche nach historischer Authentizität (Center of Modern Oriental Studies Berlin, Germany), February 27, 2015.

"Turkophone, Armenian Cilician and Ottoman officer? - A question of loyalty, atrocity and the Great War"; paper presented at the international history conference Not all quiet on the Ottoman fronts - neglected perspectives of a global war, 1914 - 1918 (Istanbul, Turkey), April 10, 2014.

Consulting work

  • Oral History workshop on multigenerational memory in Central Asia; University of Central Asia, Naryn, Kyrgyzstan
  • Curriculum and design of the M.A. Programme in the Department of Armenian Studies, Pázmány Péter Catholic University Budapest and Armenia State Pedagogical University Yerevan

Awards and scholarships

2018 - 2019
Manoogian Postdoctoral Fellowship of the University of Michigan
2015 - 2017
Hansen Foundation Doctoral Fellowship
2014 - 2015
Erasmus Mundus Predoctoral Field Mobility
2011 - 2013
Humboldt Excellence Fellowship


  • German: native speaker
  • English: near-native fluency (C2)
  • Turkish: near-native fluency (C2)
  • Russian: fluent (C1)
  • Farsi/Dari/Tajik (Persian): fluent (C1)
  • Armenian: advanced (B2)
  • Kurdish (Kurmanji): intermediate (B1)
  • Arabic (Levantine dialect): basic (A2)
  • Kyrgyz: basic (A2)
  • Spanish: basic (A2)
  • Ottoman Paleography: reading knowledge