Project Description

A research project by the Unit for Intercultural Education at the University of Bremen, in cooperation with Associate Professor Doç. Dr. Sevgi Uçan Çubukçu (formerly Istanbul University).

Under which circumstances and why were Women's and Gender Studies institutionalized at universities in Turkey? And how are they changing in their relation to science, state, and civil society?

Following the wave of the feminist movement in the 1980s, Women's Studies as an independent academic discipline was established in the early 1990s at universities in Istanbul and Ankara. The founders were academics who were mostly involved in women's movements. As of 2017, about 95 Women's and Gender Studies centres have been established at public and private universities in Turkey, both in big cities like Izmir, Gaziantep, and Antalya and in small ones like Aydın, Çorum, and Bingöl.

Through the method of discourse analysis, the project investigates selected centres' websites, curricula, research activities, and other relevant documents that provide insights into their socio political motivations. Interviews with experts accompany and complement this data collection. By analysing the formative context, self-conceptions, and aims of the centres, the position of institutionalized Women's and Gender Studies between state influence, independent research, and civic resistance shall be discussed. These empirically identified discourses about Women's and Gender Studies in Turkey are compared to perspectives from Germany and England through literature analysis.

Based on a travelling exhibition about women at universities in Turkey, and through seminars, the project aims to contribute to a wider perspective on Women's and Gender Studies in Turkey and to stronger academic relations between Germany, England, and Turkey.




Prof. Dr. Yasemin Karakaşoğlu
Universität Bremen, Erziehungs- und Bildungswissenschaften
Postfach 33 04 40
28334 Bremen
+49 421 218 69127