Erziehungs- und Bildungswissenschaften

Universität Bremen

Women's and Gender Studies in Turkey

Women's and Gender Studies at Universities in Turkey: Institutionalisation and Transformation


Project Management: Prof. Dr. Yasemin Karakaşoğlu

Research Assistants: Dr. Charlotte Binder, Deniz Dağ

Cooperation: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sevgi Uçan Çubukçu (formerly University of Istanbul)

Scientific Advice: Prof. Dr. Betül Yarar

Summer School coordination: Aslı Polatdemir

Student Assistants: Refiye Ellek, Ayşe Ertaş, Nora Keykan, Ulrike Zepke 

Funding: Blickwechsel: Contemporary Turkey Studies (A Programme by Stiftung Mercator)

Duration: 2017 - 2019


Abstract of the research project: 

Women's Studies as an independent academic discipline was established across some Turkish universities in the early 1990s.

By the year 2017, about 100 Women's and Gender Studies Centres (WGSCs) existed all over Turkey in public and foundation universities under changed political conditions for higher education.
Based mainly on interviews with expert influential scholars, the project discusses the institutionalisation and transformation processes of WGSCs – as a contested field between academia, state, and civil society  – not least under the light of the current threat to academic freedom in Turkey.


More information on the research project's content and its results can be found here:


Activities in the framework of the project:




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