LECTURE: Women and Public Space in Turkey. Gender, Modernity and the Urban Experience

24 October 2018 19:00 to 21:00 | Ankara

The British Institute at Ankara, Wolfson Foundation Conference Room, Atatürk Bulvarı 154, 1st Floor, 06690

A BIAA lecture by Selda Tuncer (Assistant Professor of Sociology at Yüzüncü Yıl University, Van)

Discussant: Güven Arif Sargın (Professor, Department of Architecture, Middle East Technical University)

How and in what ways do women participate in public life? What are the narratives that shape women’s experience of public space? In this lecture, based on her newly published book, feminist sociologist Selda Tuncer explores women’s everyday experiences of public space as well as how women interpret their experiences in modern Turkey. By focusing on the period between 1950 and 1980, when the Turkish modernization process had reached a mature phase, she provides a comprehensive historical understanding of women’s lives and their experiences of public space. She analyses not only women’s relationship with public space, but also gendered processes of nation-building, socio-cultural transformations, and the crucial connections between gender, modernity and the urban experience in the non-Western context. 

This event is part of the BIAA lecture series on Late Ottoman, Early Republican and Contemporary Turkish History. This year's series explores the theme 'Gender, Culture and Politics'.


Dr. Selda Tuncer is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Yüzüncü Yıl University, Van. She worked at the Middle East Technical University, where she also completed her PhD. Her dissertation on Women's Experience of Everyday Urban Public Space in Ankara between 1950s and 1980s was awarded the Young Social Scientists Prize by the Turkish Social Sciences Association. She has published in both Turkish and English on issues relating to gender and space relations, urban culture and everyday life in Turkey.


Prof. Dr. Güven Arif Sargın. Graduated from METU Department of Architecture in 1986 with Bachelor degree and then in 1989 with Masters’ of Architecture degree. Completed his PhD study in University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996 in the field of Urban and Environmental History and Theory. Since 1998 he has been working, teaching and researching in the same institution. He was the Chair of the Department of Architecture between 2007-2015 and between 2012-2014 he was elected as the Board Member and the vice-president of the TMMOB Chamber of Architects of Turkey. Since August 2015 he has been working as the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at METU. Along with his administrative works he has been running undergraduate studios at various levels and teaching graduate courses on politics and/or social contexts of space, critical urban theories and urban and environmental history and theories. He has books and numerous articles published extensively in national and international journals. He has an open access online publication titled mekân_praxis where he collects all his publications periodically.

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