Save the Date - Virtual Workshop, Mapping Gender in the Near East: What’s New and What’s Ahead in Ottoman and Turkish Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, December 9-10, 2020

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We invite you all to the upcoming international and interdisciplinary workshop titled

"Mapping Gender in the Near East:

What’s New and What’s Ahead in Ottoman and Turkish Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies."  

 

The workshop will be held online via Zoom on December 9-10, 2020.

 

The workshop is organized by the Orient-Institut Istanbul (OII) and Sabancı University Gender and Women's Studies (SU Gender), in collaboration with Koç University's Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED), as well as the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul (SRII). 

 

For more information, please see our website: www.mappinggenderneareast.org

 

Click here for the workshop poster. 

 

Registration Information

 

To attend this online workshop, prior registration is necessary: Please send an email specifying your name and academic affiliation to info@mappinggenderneareast.org by December 7, 2020 (Monday) at the latest.

For technical reasons, the number of participants is limited. You will be informed about the organizational and technical procedure a day before the workshop starts.

 

Description of the Event:

 

Bringing together an interdisciplinary group of scholars in the humanities and social sciences, this workshop will establish, consolidate and sustain a network of academics who share an interest in women’s and gender studies with regard to the Ottoman world and modern Turkey. Leading scholars across several major fields – including history, literature, and interdisciplinary studies – will examine recent theoretical discourses and challenges in the area of women’s and gender studies and contribute to steering the field in innovative directions. 

 

This workshop is designed to address two problems in women’s and gender studies: the lack of transnational and comparative scholarship, as well as the dearth of interdisciplinary collaboration. This workshop responds to the fact that the scholarly literatures in women’s and gender studies in the Ottoman-Turkish milieu and in the Arab and Balkan world have been, on the whole, kept tightly segregated from each other. Consequently, the four panels of the workshop are centered around key approaches that would benefit from being in dialogue. By doing so, they will allow leading scholars in the field to appraise the current state of research across national boundaries and academic disciplines and to bring forth new conversations and inter-regional dialogue about improving our approaches in the future development of the field. These interactions will help stimulate and guide future research efforts by delineating critical paths for subsequent research. The presentations will address key aspects such as:

 

·      The development of scholarship in women’s and gender studies over the past decade, and the future directions the field might take.

·      The comparative state of the field of women’s and gender studies in Turkey and its neighboring countries.

·      The evolving position of women and gender in the contemporary societies of the region.

·      Policy changes, both past and present, that have shaped the status quo of women and gender. 

 

The conceptual framework of the event and its significance: 

 

This workshop will be groundbreaking in allowing scholars working on women’s and gender studies in the Ottoman world and modern Turkey to come together to discuss the state of the field. Despite the fact that many talented scholars work on issues related to women’s studies, gender and sexuality across the former Ottoman provinces (primarily Lebanon, Egypt, and the Balkans) as well as modern Turkey, there has rarely been academic platforms enabling scholars to focus specifically on their shared area(s) of research.  Resulting from a lack of communication among scholars working on these topics, the field has therefore become compartmentalized and the current discourses remain fragmented. By convening a small-scale, highly focused event with internationally renowned speakers, this workshop seeks to bridge the communication gap and inspire new academic approaches among scholars of different nationalities and from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. The event is framed around three main academic disciplines that have informed women’s and gender studies: the humanities, the social sciences, and law.  By examining the most recent developments in the state of the field, each panel will contribute to a richer, more complex understanding of the field of women’s and gender studies in modern Turkey and its neighboring countries, while putting experts from each area into conversation with each other. In doing so, the workshop hopes to foster solidarities that connect common struggles beyond fixed geographic borders and academic disciplines. 

 

Additionally, this workshop will provide a platform to discuss how to compensate for the lack of an institutional infrastructure for women’s and gender studies in and around Turkey. Currently, only few major universities have established separate women’s and gender studies departments to facilitate research in this field. Instead of inaugurating a separate field of study, numerous universities have opened up centers for women’s studies by offering certificate programs for students in other academic disciplines. Women’s and gender history have only recently been recognized as a thematic subfield within history departments. Therefore, women’s and gender studies frequently lack the institutional support to tackle large-scale research questions. Hence, the workshop will conclude by discussing how to best use existing resources, such as collaboration among research centers, activist organizations, and other institutions more effectively as an attempt to facilitate future growth and forms of cooperation in the field of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.

Four roundtable panels:

(I)        Mapping the Field: Literary Approaches to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in Turkey and the Near East.

(II)       Mapping the Field: Historicizing Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in Turkey and the Near East.

(III)      Mapping the Field: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies on the Region.

(IV)      New Directions: The Academy, Solidarity, and Public Outreach.  

 

Conveners:

Gülşah Torunoğlu, Richard Wittmann (Orient-Institut Istanbul) & Hülya Adak (SU Gender)

 

Academic cooperation partners:

Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED)

Swedish Research Institute in İstanbul (SRII)

 

The workshop was made possible through the support of:

Istanbul Policy Center, Sabancı University Stiftung Mercator Initiative (IPC Mercator)

 

 

The Workshop Program

 

 

Wednesday, December 9, 2020:

 

 

Panel 1:

Mapping the Field: Literary Approaches to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in Turkey and the Near East

 

Time: 14:00 – 15:30 (Turkish time, GMT+3)

 

Chair & Discussant:             

 

Ayşe Lahur Kırtunç                Ege University, Izmir

 

Panelists:

 

Maha AbdelMegeed               American University of Beirut

Ebru Akçasu                           Charles University, Prague

İpek Hüner Çora                     Boğaziçi University, Istanbul

Didem Havlioğlu                    Duke University, Durham, NC 

Sibel Irzık                               Sabancı University, Istanbul 

Burcu Karahan                        Stanford University 

Laurent Mignon                      University of Oxford

Irvin Cemil Schick                 Istanbul Şehir University

 

Panel 2:

Mapping the Field: Historicizing Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in Turkey and the Near East

 

 

Time: 15:45 – 17:15 (Turkish time, GMT+3)

 

Chairpersons & Discussants:                      

 

Hülya Adak                             SU Gender, Istanbul

Heike Pantelmann                  Margherita von Brentano Center, Berlin

 

Panelists:

 

Marilyn Booth                        Magdalen College, University of Oxford

Lerna Ekmekçioğlu                Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Elizabeth B. Frierson             University of Cincinnati, OH

Efi Kanner                              National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Nicole van Os                         Leiden University 

A. Holly Shissler                    University of Chicago, IL 

Gülşah Torunoğlu                   Orient-Institut Istanbul & Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul

Seçil Yılmaz                           Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA

 

 

Thursday, December 10, 2020: 

 

Panel 3:

Mapping the Field: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies on the Region

 

 

Time: 14:00 – 15:30 (Turkish time, GMT+3)

 

Chair & Discussant: 

 

Gülşah Torunoğlu                   Orient-Institut Istanbul & Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul

 

Panelists:

 

Janet Afary                             UC Santa Barbara, CA

Yeşim Arat                             Boğaziçi University, Istanbul

Fatmagül Berktay                   Istanbul University

Sevgi Uçan Çubukçu              Istanbul University

Deniz Kandiyoti                     SOAS, University of London

Evren Savcı                             Yale University, New Haven, CN

Ayşecan Terzioğlu                  SU Gender, Istanbul

 

Panel 4:

New Directions: The Academy, Solidarity, and Public Outreach

 

Time: 15:45 – 17:15 (Turkish time, GMT+3)

 

Chair & Discussant: 

 

Kristen Biehl                           SU Gender, Istanbul

 

Panelists:

 

Hülya Adak                             SU Gender, Istanbul

Aslı Davaz                              Women’s Library and Information Center, Istanbul

Martin Lücke                          Margherita von Brentano Center, Berlin

Ingela Nilsson                         Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul 

Bertil Emrah Oder                  Koç University, Istanbul

Mary Lou O’Neil                    Kadir Has University, Istanbul

Richard Wittmann                  Orient-Institut Istanbul

 

Concluding remarks:           17:15 – 17:30 (Turkish time, GMT+3)