The Bilkent Women’s Studies Society held its fourth Women’s Summit on February 22 and 23 at Mithat Çoruh Auditorium, bringing together students from different universities, experts in various fields and people from every walk of life. The summit consisted of nine sessions, each followed by a question and answer period; speakers were academicians, journalists, writers and politicians from various feminist backgrounds.
The speaker for the first session, Prof. Yeşim Arat, discussed “Women’s Rights and Political Transformation in Turkey.” Next, Prof. Alev Çınar talked about “The Patriarchal Foundations of the Modern State,” and Prof. Yıldız Ecevit spoke on the topic “Global Attacks on and Resistance to Gender Equality.” After Assoc. Prof. Cenk Özbay’s presentation on “Political Masculinities in Turkey,” the first day concluded with Zülal Kalkandelen’s discussion of “Feminism’s Hardship With Regard to Speciesism.” The day’s program also included workshops by Aslı Alpar and Hardal Güler on the topics “Queer Caricature” and “Feminist Queer Perspectives on Language.” The second day of the summit began with Sevcan Tiftik’s talk on the topic “Norm Inflection of (Turkish) Literature: Queer.” Assoc. Prof. Ayşecan Terzioğlu then discussed “Migration and Gender Equality,” after which Çiçek Tahaoğlu and Sibel Yükler gave a presentation on “Media and Gender Equality.” The event concluded with Prof. Şemsa Özar’s talk on “Patriarchal Capitalism and Women’s Labor,” followed by the presentation of certificates to the attendees.