Understanding the Nature of Women's Solidarity in the Women's Movement in Turkey

Tuesday 5 February 2019, 5.30PM

Speaker(s): Dr. Pelin Dinçer, Hacettepe University, Ankara.

The women's movement in Turkey is deeply fragmented, along with the ideological, political and ethnic lines. The historically divided identities in Turkish political history, such as secular-Islamic, Turkish-Kurdish, have even further polarised under the current divisive neo-conservative regime, which has a direct effect on the women's movement in Turkey. Thus, in the presentation, the focus will be on women's activists' perceptions of women's solidarity, as well as coalitions, across their fragmented identities to see the potential for working across differences.  
 
Dr. Pelin Dinçer completed both her BA and MA degrees at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Hacettepe University, where she has been working since 2008. She pursued her PhD at the Centre for Women’s Studies, University of York, UK, between 2013-2017, and worked on the contemporary women's movement in Turkey, with a particular focus on identity politics within the movement and women's solidarity. Her research interests include women’s movements, gender studies, identity politics, feminist theory and methodology. She currently teaches courses such as, ‘Gender and Politics’, ‘Identity and Difference’, ‘Religion and Politics’ and ‘Research Methods’, at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Hacettepe University, Ankara.   
 
All students & staff welcome. A wine reception & refreshments will follow. CWS students and staff interested in joining us for dinner with Pelin afterwards, please e-mail Bobby (boriana.alexandrova@york.ac.uk) by 12 noon on Monday, February 4th. 

Location: B/S/104 Treehouse, Humanities Research Centre, Berrick Saul Building