Gender and Sexuality in Turkey (GEN 444)

2021 Spring
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Gender Studies (GEN)
6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Cenk Özbay,
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Formal lecture,Interactive lecture
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This course will explore a wide variety of texts ranging from academic, literary and political writings to films and documentaries on gender and sexuality in Turkey. Topics include the evolution of the feminist movement from the late nineteenth century till today, the experiences and narratives of masculinity, violence against women, virginity debates, the interconnections between gender and nationalism, religious and state discourses on the body, the politics of secularism and Islam, the writings and experiences of minorities, politics of sexuality and queer politics.


This course aims to provide students a solid background on the development of Feminist, Women?s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in Turkey through a social scientific lens. We will explicate how currents of thought, socio-political movements and various representations have evolved from the very end of Ottoman Empire to 2020s, while we will keep a close eye to the construction of identities, communities, sociabilities, bodies, and subjectivities of women, men, transgenders, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, queers and all other ?gendered and sexualized citizens? of Turkey.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify the legacies of Ottoman and Republican women's movements for contemporary feminism;

Compare different understandings of masculinity and femininity in Turkey;

Assess the role of political, economic and cultural discourses in the constructions of gender roles in Turkey;


  Percentage (%)
Final 30
Midterm 40
Participation 30