Erziehungs- und Bildungswissenschaften

Universität Bremen

Women's and Gender Studies in Turkey

Institutionalisation and Transformation of Women’s and Gender Studies at Universities in Turkey


Project Management: Prof. Dr. Yasemin Karakaşoğlu

Research: Doç. Dr. Sevgi Uçan Çubukçu, Dr. Charlotte Binder, Deniz Dağ

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




The research project examines the institutionalisation and transformation processes of Women’s and Gender Studies Centres at universities in their relation to academia, state, and civil society in Turkey.


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.

By the year 2017, about 100 Women’s and Gender Studies Centres at public and private universities existed in Turkey, both in big cities like Antalya, Gaziantep and Izmir and in small ones like Aydın, Bingöl and Çorum.


Based on expert interviews and document collections, the project investigates representatives’ statements, websites, teaching and research activities, and other relevant documents for selected centres that provide insights into their academic and socio-political motivations.

These empirically identified discourses about Women’s and Gender Studies in Turkey are compared to perspectives from Germany and England through literature analysis.




Planned Activities within the Project:



Information about the project at Blickwechsel Website


Project description in Turkish / Türkçe proje tanımı


Interview with the Women's and Gender Studies scholar Prof. Dr. Betül Yarar


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