Wendelmoet Hamelink defended her PhD in October 2014. Her thesis 'The Sung Home: Narrative, morality, and the Kurdish nation', is an analysis of the lives and works of Kurdish oral performers called dengbejs in the context of recent socio-political developments in Turkey. In 2014 she conducted a postdoc research project funded by the Max Weber Foundation about cultural memories of Armenians from the Sassoun region in eastern Turkey.
Currently, she is in Duhok in north Iraq and prepares a research project that focuses on representation and experiences of Syrian Kurdish women. She works on the revisions of her dissertation that will be published by Brill. And she is an associate editor of the Kurdish Studies Journal, an international academic peer-reviewed journal.
- Dengbêjs on borderlands: Borders and the state as seen through the eyes of Kurdish singer-poets (2014)