Erziehungs- und Bildungswissenschaften

Exhibition on Women's and Gender Researchers in Turkey

In the exhibition entitled “Courageous Women: Women's and Gender Studies in Turkey's Academia”, 26 women academics are portrayed. These pioneers of academic feminism were extremely significant for the establishment of Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) at universities in Turkey. The exhibition gathers a representative group of living and deceased figures among the first generation of scholars from different scientific disciplines who have made significant contribution to the institutionalisation of WGS and have been over 60 years of age. The foundation of about a hundred Application and Research Centres of WGS at universities in Turkey is just one outcome of their many efforts, combining scientific success with political commitment. With their captivating portrait photos along with quotations from their works, the pioneer scholars address the exhibition visitors directly. Thus, the exhibition provides immediate insights into three decades of WGS in Turkey.

The exhibition is not just an homage to the first generation of Women's and Gender Researchers in Turkey, but also aims to draw attention to the current threatening situation of WGS in Turkey and other countries of the world.
This exhibition was developed in the framework of the research project on “Women's and Gender Studies in Turkey: Institutionalisation and Transformation”.

Fact sheet on the exhibition

Brochure on the exhibition

Download of the exhibition

Guideline for the exhibition setup
Exhibition opening in the Women's Library in Istanbul on May 11, 2019

Report on the exhibition opening (in Turkish)

For press releases on the exhibition see bianet and t24

For TV interviews on the exhibition see Artı TV and NTV
Exhibition opening in the House of Science in Bremen on July 4, 2019

Programme for the exhibition opening

Welcoming address for the exhibition opening (in German)

For press releases on the exhibition see University of Bremen and Weserkurier

For radio interviews on the exhibition see Radio Bremen Cosmo and Metropol FM


In addition, the travelling exhibition was displayed at the Humboldt University in Berlin, the University of Vienna, the University of Hamburg, and the Balat Culture Centre, Istanbul during autumn 2019.


If you are interested in the exhibition, please contact: Tuğba Yalçınkaya



Contact Person: Dennis Barasi


Room: GW2 1.240


phone: 0049 - 421 218-69129



The exhibition entitled "Courageous Women: Women's and Gender Studies in Turkey's Academia"can be obtained free of charge to display at other venues and downloaded here.


Yasemin Karakaşoğlu and Paul Mecheril in "Das Staatsangehörigkeitsgesetz ist unwürdig, sagen Yasemin Karakaşoğlu und Paul Mecheril" (taz-article from 6-27-2019)


Yasemin Karakaşoğlu comments on the ongoing discussion on English-lessons in primary schools in Northrhine-Westfalia in the online-newspaper Migazin