Event Announcement

02/05/2019 06:00PM

Humboldt University of Berlin, Senate Hall in the Main Building, Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin

Panel Discussion with Yener Bayramoğlu, Aylime Aslı Demir, Reyda Ergün and Begüm Başdaş (Chair).

The climate of fear in Turkey pervades into people's everyday lives, including the governing of gender and sexuality. In the midst of uncertain times of strong polarization, fear, and self-censorship, the panel dares to ask, if "love" is still possible. To ask and to look for love is a queer critique of heteronormative regimes of gender and sexuality, but also goes beyond. It is a longing for different ways of being together in the world and taking a refuge in each other's arms through bodies, desires, intimacies, bonds, solidarity and care. Queer as a tool offers us the space to imagine a different kind of future and a different way of being and relating. However, queer is not just an ideal in the horizon, it is also an ad hoc survival tactic of the here and now.

Thus, the panel is interested in discussing how through queer theory we can understand our experiences today and re-imagine a future that we dare to demand. What are the possibilities of love and care when concerns over "life and death" lead? What is the role of sexuality and desire in Turkey's politics? How do we understand the practices of love, intimacy and care today in Turkey through queer politics? In these gloomy days, "love" may be still alive and possible, but wrapped in fear and injury. What queer future might hold is precarious, but to venture into such questions might be the only possible act for the freedom of all.

The panel will be conducted in English. There will be a reception afterwards.
Please register via Mail at blickwechsel.tuerkei@gmail.com

The event is co-organized by the programme "Blickwechsel: Contemporary Turkey Studies", Network Turkey, and GeT MA, the German Turkish Masters Program in Social Sciences and funded  by Einstein Foundation and Stiftung Mercator.


Yener Bayramoğlu
is a queer theory scholar, who works at the intersection of queer, migration, media and cultural studies. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin working on intersectional life span inequalities in queer biographies. Bayramoğlu received his PhD in media and communication studies from Freie Universität Berlin. His dissertation about the history of queer representations in Turkish and German tabloids was rewarded with a fellowship by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.

Aylime Aslı Demir
has been the chief editor of KAOS GL Magazine since 2013, Turkey's first and currently only printed LGBTI+ magazine. She is also the chief-editor of Turkey's first and only peer reviewed queer studies journal KaosQ+. She was carrying out Queer Theory lectures at Ankara University and worked as the coordinator of Feminist Forum. Besides, she is a jury member of the 'Women to Women Story Contest'. She has made presentations and community building activities in over 100 workshops and conferences on LGBTI+ activism.

Reyda Ergün
received her LL.M degree in Human Rights Law from Istanbul Bilgi University and her PhD in public law from Galatasaray University. She is currently working as an assistant professor at Kadir Has University Faculty of Law, Department of Philosophy and Sociology of Law. She is an executive board member of the Gender and Women's Studies Research Center at Kadir Has University. Besides, she is an academic freedom activist and one of the Academics for Peace.

Begüm Başdaş
is a cultural, urban, and feminist geographer. She has received her MA degree in Art History from the University of California Riverside and her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of California Los Angeles. She worked as the Campaigns and Activism Coordinator for Amnesty International Turkey on diverse human rights issues and continued to teach courses on feminist and queer theory at İstanbul Bilgi and Boğaziçi Universities. She is currently hosted at Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin as a Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung fellow.

topics of presentations

Yener Bayramoğlu: Sex after Erdoğan: Imagining queer futures through the politics of (in-)visibilities

Aylime Aslı Demir: The rise of rigth-wing populism and LGBTI movement in Turkey

Reyda Ergün: Beyond pessimism and utopias in troubled times: queer as a critical methodology in politics

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