Exhibition Invitation: “Courageous Women: From the Women’s University in the Ottoman Empire to Women’s and Gender Studies in Turkey”

July 4th 2019, at 18:00
House of Science
Sandstraße 4/528195

In the exhibition entitled “Courageous Women: Women’s and Gender Studies in Turkey’s Academia” 26 women academics are portrayed. These pioneers of academic feminism were extremely significant for the establishment of Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) at universities in Turkey. The exhibition gathers a representative group of living and deceased figures among the first generation of scholars from different scientific disciplines who have made significant contribution to the institutionalization of WGS and have been over 60 years of age. The foundation of about a hundred Application and Research Centres of WGS at universities in Turkey is just one outcome of their many efforts, combining scientific success with political commitment. With their captivating portrait photos and quotations from their works, the pioneer scholars address the exhibition visitors directly. Thus, the exhibition provides immediate insights into three decades of WGS in Turkey. 

This exhibition is an event of the research project on“Women’s and Gender Studies at Universities in Turkey: Institutionalization and Transformation” by the Unit for Intercultural Education at the University of Bremen. The project is financed by Blickwechsel: Contemporary Turkey Studies (A Programme by Stiftung Mercator). 

Additionally, the exhibition entitled “100 Years Women at the University – Women’s University 1914–1919” of the Women’s Museum Istanbul tells the story about the successful fight of the Ottoman women to access higher education. Both exhibitions render homage to the pioneers who have been engaged both for equal rights in higher education and for a feminist perspective on production and transfer of knowledge.

The exhibition will be displayed in German and Turkish until the end of August at House of Science. 

Yours sincerely, 
Dr. Charlotte Binder in the name of the whole research team