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International Workshop Istanbul 27-28-29 September 2012

Transnational Perspectives on 19th and 20th century Women’s Writing:
Turkey and Europe

Symposium closing the project “Women Writers in Turkey” and opening the collaboration with COST Action “Women Writers In History”.

To be held at:
Kadir Has Caddesi, No.8
Fener - Haliç
34220 – ?stanbul

Provisional Programme

27 September 2012

Registration - tea and coffee

Welcoming and Opening speech

  • Prof. Dr. Esra Gençtürk (Vice Rector of Özye?in University -?stanbul/Turkey)

Presentation of “Women Writers in Turkey” Project

  • Assist. Prof. Dr. Çimen Günay-Erkol (Project Leader WWT, WWIH member, Özye?in University - ?stanbul/Turkey):
  • The Profile of Women Writers in Turkey

Presentation of COST Action IS0901

  • Suzan van Dijk:
  • Female connections with Turkey: travelers, brides, writers

Keynote speeches

  • Jale Parla (Bilgi University - ?stanbul/Turkey)
  • Bodyless Voice, Echo

  • Nüket Esen (Bo?aziçi University - ?stanbul/Turkey)
  • To be a woman and a writer: The case of Fatma Aliye”

12.00-13.30 Lunch

13.30-15.00 Session 1: Women and Writing in the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic

Moderator: Didem Havlio?lu (?stanbul ?ehir University- ?stanbul/Turkey)

“Ottoman Women Poets Writing from behind the Cage of Literature: 15th-20th centuries” Gül?en Çulhao?lu (WWT member, Çankaya University- Ankara/Turkey)

“The Profile of 19th Century Ottoman Women Writers” Senem Timuro?lu (WWT member, WWIH member, Özye?in University- ?stanbul/ Turkey)

“Women Writers in Anthologies and Literature Textbooks” Reyhan Tutumlu (WWT member, Sabanc? University- ?stanbul/ Turkey)

15.00-15.30 Coffee break Session 2: Women’s Writing and the Memory Work

Moderator: Arzu Öztürkmen (Bo?aziçi University- ?stanbul/Turkey)

Elif Ekin Ak?it (Ankara University- Ankara/ Turkey) “Feminist Utopias: The Memoirs of Mualla Eyübo?lu”

Tülin Ural (University of Mimar Sinan- ?stanbul/ Turkey) “Theme of ‘Marriage with a Foreigner’: Nationalism and Female Authorship in Early Republican Novel”

Hazal Halavut (Bo?aziçi University- ?stanbul/Turkey) “Absence is a ‘Shirt of Fire’: Literary Encounters with Zabel Yesayan and Halide Edib”

17.00- 17.30 Çimen Günay-Erkol: Conclusions to be drawn from the Turkish project.

28 September 2012

09.00-10.00 Keynote speeches “Women Writers in Turkey”

Ay?e Durakba?a (University of Marmara- ?stanbul/ Turkey) “The Return of Rabia: Rewriting Halide Edib’s Women Characters" Efstratia Oktapoda (University of Sorbonne Paris IV- Paris /France) “Écriture féminine et autobiographie dans les Balkans: Aline Apostolska, Mimika Kranaki et Lilika Nakos”

10.00-10.15 Coffee break

Studing women’s authorship on a European scale COST IS0901 “Women Writers In History”

10.15-11.00 Amelia Sanz (Complutense University of Madrid /Spain) “COST Action Women Writers In History: a transnational approach to women’s writings and readings”


COST-WWIH session I: Nationalism and Orientalism in Women’s Writing

Moderator: Amelia Sanz (Complutense University of Madrid /Spain)

Caterina Nosdeo (University of Zürich/ Switzerland): Scènes de la vie turque (1849-1854): The Orient of Cristina Trivulzio di Belgiojoso.

Astrid Kulsdom (Radboud University Nijmegen and Huygens ING/ Netherlands): The Representation and Reception of Lucy M.J. Garnett as a specialist on Balkan (Women’s) Folklore

Nadezhda Alexandrova ( Sofia University- Sofia/ Bulgaria): Nationalism and Nostalgia in the travelogue of the Bulgarian writer Evgenia Mars (1909)

12.30-14.00 Lunch


COST-WWIH session II: Images of Turkey and Turkish Women in Western Narratives Moderator: Sevgi Uçan Çubukçu (?stanbul University- ?stanbul/ Turkey)

Ileana Mihaila (University of Bucharest/ Romania): The Turkish Side of Dora d’Istria

Magdalena Koch (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan/Poland) and Biljana Doj?inovi? (University of Belgrade/ Serbia): Turkish in Cyrillic: The Serbian Writer Jelena Dimitrijevi? on Turkish Harems


COST-WWIH session III: Women Writers Building the ‘Other’

Moderator: Magdalena Koch (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan/Poland)

Nancy Isenberg (University of Romme 3- Rome/ Italy): On being a woman: Giustiniana Wynne’s contribution to the discussion

Zsuzsanna Varga (Glasgow University-Glasgow/Scotland): Bertalan and Polixéna: two 19th century Hungarian travellers negotiating alterity

Katerina Dalakoura (University of Creta- Creta/ Greece): Nationalism and education: The national self and the “other” in Greek women’s educational writings

16.30-17.00 Coffee break


COST-WWIH session IV: Women’s Writing and Cultural Encounters

Moderator: Katerina Dalakoura (University of Creta- Creta/ Greece)

Ramona Mihalia (University of Spiru Haret-Bucharest/ Romania): Trans-national Connections: Foreign(-Born) Women Writers in the Romanian Principalities

Ragnhild J. Zorgati (University of Oslo- Oslo/Norway): An unusual encounter between the Polish-Danish painter Elisabeth Jerichau-Baumann and the Egyptian Princess Nazili Hanim

Alenka Jensterle Doležal (Charles University in Prague/ Czech Republic): Cultural Hybridity of the Slovene writer Lili Novy

29 September 2012 09.00-10.30 Session 3: Women’s Writing and Feminisms in Comparison

Moderator: Çimen Günay-Erkol (WWT project leader, Özye?in University- ?stanbul/ Turkey)

“Two Fin de Siecle Literary Feminists Across the Waters: Halide Edip and Virginia Woolf” Burcu Alkan (WWT member, Bahçe?ehir University-?stanbul/ Turkey)

“A Transnational Approach to Confessional Poetry Through the Works of Sylvia Plath and Nilgün Marmara” ?ima ?m?ir (WWT member, Özye?in University- ?stanbul/ Turkey)

10.30- 11.00 Coffee break

11.00-12.00 Panel discussion about the importance of the WWT project for COST-WWIH and vice versa; possibilities of collaboration for the near future.

Participating in the panel: For TWW: 1. Çimen Günay-Erkol 2. Senem Timuro?lu 3. Burcu Alkan

For COST-WWIH: 1. Amelia Sanz 2. Biljana Dojcinovic 3. Nadezhda Alexandrova

Call for proposals


Since last year Turkish colleagues Senem Timuroglu have joined our COST-WWIH Action. They represent a research project entitled "Turkish Women Writers", and were for that reason eager to join "Women Writers In History". During the Bucharest Workshop Senem Timuroglu was present. She then announced the final symposium of the "Turkish Women Writers" project, planned for end of September 2012, in which it would be interesting to make explicitly the connection with COST-WWIH. Colleagues present were all in favour. Hence here the announcement and call for papers:

Transnational Perspectives on 19th and 20th century Women’s Writing
International Workshop (27-28-29 September 2012) Istanbul-Turkey

This international workshop takes place within the scope of the project “Women’s Writers in Turkey” supported by TÜB?TAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (109K517). Our Project also takes part in the collaborative research in the framework of the COST Action entitled “Women Writers In History – Toward a New Understanding of European Literary Culture” (IS0901). In our project in which we seek to explore the history of women’s literature in Turkey in an interval spanning from 16th-century Ottoman Empire to 21st-century contemporary Turkey, we aim to establish a trilingual (Turkish, English and French) electronic database that will make biographical and bibliographical information about women writers in Turkey visible and increase both the research potential on their work and also the number of citations that previous critical research gets.

The 19th and 20th centuries witnessed an acceleration in the interaction of international women’s movement and women’s writing. This transnational movement which spread out across-borders, opened a door to the disintegration of colonial and orientalist discourse, which contained homogenous and monolithic fictions with strong influence on gender order, and also on solid constructions such as nation, ethnicity, and class.

This international workshop titled “Transnational Perspectives on 19th and 20th century Women’s Writing” aims to enliven the dialogue between texts published by women writers of different origins. A comparative look at women’s writing will be animated with help from the theory of transnationalism which favors historical and experience-based relations over nationalist, ethnic, and cultural divisions.

Some thematic titles include:

  • Body
  • Voyage/Migration/Exile
  • Cultural hybridity
  • Master narratives
  • East and West
  • The “other”
  • Education
  • Harem
  • Resistance
  • Common differences
  • Intertextuality
  • Solidarity
  • Freedom
  • Production and circulation of texts (translation, translator, publisher)

Sessions will be conducted in English. Please send your abstract as MS Word attachment (max. 250 words) with a short bio to Senem Timuroglu, no later than 15 June 2012 (extended).

SvD, June 2012

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