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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”.

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


Provisional Programme:

27 September 2012

Registration - tea and coffee

Welcoming and Opening speech

  • Canan Ergin (Dean of Özye?in University School of Arts and Sciences)

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 this Workshop

Since last year Turkish colleagues Çimen Günay-Erkol and 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 this final symposium of the "Turkish Women Writers" project, in which it would be interesting to make explicitly the connection with COST-WWIH. Colleagues present were all in favour.

The Transnational Perspectives on 19th and 20th century Women’s Writing workshop took 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). In this project participants explored 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 makes biographical and bibliographical information about women writers in Turkey visible and increases both the research potential on their work and the number of citations that previous critical research gets. The project also took place in the collaborative research carried out in the framework of the COST Action entitled “Women Writers In History – Toward a New Understanding of European Literary Culture” (IS0901).

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 aimed to enliven the dialogue between texts published by women writers of different origins. The comparative look at women’s writing was animated with help of the theory of transnationalism which favors historical and experience-based relations over nationalist, ethnic, and cultural divisions.

AsK, September 2012

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