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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)

Presentation of “Women Writers in Turkey” Project

Presentation of COST Action IS0901

Keynote speeches

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

  • Nüket Esen (Bo?aziçi University - ?stanbul)


Session 1: Women and Writing in the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic
Moderator: Didem Havlio?lu (?stanbul ?ehir University - ?stanbul)

Coffee break

Session 2: Women’s Writing and the Memory Work
Moderator: Arzu Öztürkmen (Bo?aziçi University - ?stanbul)

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

28 September 2012

Keynote speeches “Women Writers in Turkey”

  • Ay?e Durakba?a (University of Marmara- ?stanbul)
    • The Return of Rabia: Rewriting Halide Edib’s Women Characters

  • Efstratia Oktapoda (University of Sorbonne Paris IV- Paris)
    • Écriture féminine et autobiographie dans les Balkans: Aline Apostolska, Mimika Kranaki et Lilika Nakos

Coffee break

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


COST-WWIH session I: Nationalism and Orientalism in Women’s Writing
Moderator: Amelia Sanz (Complutense University of Madrid)


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

COST-WWIH session III: Women Writers Building the ‘Other’
Moderator: Magdalena Koch (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan)'

Coffee break

COST-WWIH session IV: Women’s Writing and Cultural Encounters
Moderator: Katerina Dalakoura (University of Creta)

29 September 2012

Session 3: Women’s Writing and Feminisms in Comparison
Moderator: Çimen Günay-Erkol (WWT project leader, Özye?in University- ?stanbul)

10.30- 11.00
Coffee break

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:


About the Workshop

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.

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

AsK, September 2012

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