Event Announcement

04/24/2019 07:00PM

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

Panel Discussion with Burcu Karakaş, Güneş Koç, Sibel Schick and Zeynep Kıvılcım (Chair).

In recent years, survivors and activists have increasingly raised their voice to reveal and end gender-based violence through campaigns and activism on the streets and in social media. The women's movement in Turkey is only one example amongst many. The reactions to the rape and killings of the students Özgecan Aslan and Şule Çet have shown that the struggle against gender-based violence is not just a brief 'outcry' but a political statement. Gender-based violence is a global issue but the ways of how different societies and states deal with and react to it are varied.

In this panel, the speakers will talk about violence against women in Turkey by focusing on the media coverage of gender issues and the reproduction of sexist discourse, masculinity and feminicide, and multiple forms of marginalization of women. The panel also brings into discussion forms of resistance, solidarity movements, and activism against gender-based violence.

The panel will be conducted in German and Turkish with simultaneous translation. 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.

*Please be advised that photographs will be taken at the event for the public outreach of the Blickwechsel programme.


Burcu Karakaş
Burcu Karakaş is an independent journalist based in Istanbul, Turkey. Her reporting focuses on human rights, migration, free speech and gender issues. She is Turkey correspondent for Germany's international broadcaster Deutsche Welle. Over the years, Karakaş focused on the stories of ethnic, sexual and religious minority groups in Turkey. She is the author of four books on minority issues and media landscape in Turkey.


Güneş Koç
Güneş Koç completed her bachelor's and master's degree in Political Science at the Leopold Franzes University Innsbruck between 1999 and 2006. After her graduation, she wrote her doctorate thesis on femicides and male violence in Turkey and received her doctor phil. degree at the University of Vienna. Since September 2014, she has been working at Istanbul Arel University as an assistant professor at the Department of International Relations. Her academic research interests are woman and gender research, gender-based violence and migration.


Sibel Schick
is a freelance writer, journalist and social media editor. She was born in Turkey in 1985 and lives in Germany since 2009. In 2015 amongst other activists she co-founded the anti-sexist online platform erktolia.org. She gives lectures on the situation of women and minorities in Turkey and their strategies of resistance as well as workshops on inclusive feminism and non-discriminatory journalism.

Zeynep Kıvılcım
is an associate professor of public international law and one of the Academics for Peace. She got her MA and PhD degrees from Université Paris II. She gave lectures on law and gender at Göttingen University, Osnabrück University, and Humboldt University and was fellow at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Currently she is an Einstein fellow at the Institute for Social Sciences of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

topics of presentations

Burcu Karakaş: Media Coverage of Gender Issues in Turkey

Güneş Koç: Masculinity and Violence in Turkey and the Situation of Syran Migrant Women

Sibel Schick: Intersectionality in Turkey: Multiple Forms of Marginalization of Women and New Strategies of Resistance

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