Gender and Sexuality in Turkey (GEN 544)

2021 Spring
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Gender Studies (GEN)
Cenk Özbay,
Doctoral, Master
Formal lecture
Communicative,Discussion based learning
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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:

1. Identify the legacies of Ottoman and Republican women's movements for contemporary feminism;
2. Compare different understandings of masculinity and femininity in Turkey;
3. Assess the role of political, economic and cultural discourses in the constructions of gender roles in Turkey;
4. Evaluate how theory helps facilitate an understanding of the moral issues at stake in various empirical cases
5. Apply theoretical concepts to actual events and outcomes
6. Evaluate different interpretations in the light of appropriate evidence;
7. Construct well-structured rigorous arguments based on logical deduction
8. Deliver structured presentations to peers


  Percentage (%)
Final 50
Midterm 30
Participation 20