Dr. Iklil Selcuk received her B.S. in Economics from Middle East Technical University, followed by her M.A. in History from Bilkent University. After three years of graduate work at the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University, she went on to the Ph.D program in History and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University and graduated in 2009. Selcuk’s dissertation is on Ottoman Urban History, crafts and towns, and she continues research in Ottoman and Middle Eastern urban and economic history, while teaching various history and economic history courses. Selcuk also conducts research in first person narratives of women and family history with focus on the late-Ottoman period and early Republican Turkey.
Dr. Deniz Sert obtained her B.A. from Koç University, Department of International Relations in 2000, M.Sc. in European Studies from the London School of Economics in 2001, and Ph.D. in Political Science from City University of New York in 2008. After completing her Ph.D. Dr. Sert joined Koç University Migration Research Center, MiReKoc, where she had conducted research in different projects on international migration such as TRANS-NET (EC FP7) and EUMAGINE (EC FP7). Since 2008, Dr. Sert has also been lecturing at Boğaziçi, Okan and Koç universities. Her areas of expertise are conflict, forced migration, international migration, irregular migration, transnationalism, border management and civil society.
Dr. Leyla Kayhan Elbirlik is assistant professor of history in Faculty of Social Sciences at Ozyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey. She received her B.A. in Literature and Gender Studies in 2001 at Bard College. She completed her M.A. in history and a joint Ph.D. in History Department and Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. Her dissertation entitled “Negotiating Matrimony: Marriage, Divorce, and Property Allocation Practices in Istanbul (1750-1840),” brings into perspective the gender dynamics that had an important place in the shaping of socio-legal norms and the implementation of legal procedures within the familial realm. Dr. Elbirlik has worked for the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (formerly known as CEDAW) preparing the country reports following the “Beijing +5” Conference that took place in New York in 2000. She is a member of such NGOs in Turkey as Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey (KAGIDER), Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (TUSIAD)- Commission on Gender Equality. As a member of KAGIDER, she participated in the United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries in 2011 where she delivered a talk entitled, “Tapping Women’s Potential for Sustainable Economic Development.” Her main research interests are history of the Ottoman Empire, gender studies, women’s human rights, masculinity studies, feminist critical theory, history of childhood.
Dr. Berna Zengin Arslan received her B.Sc. from Bilkent University, Electrical and Electronics Department in 1996. After completing her MSc. in Gender and Women’s Studies Program at the Middle East Technical University in 2000, she received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2009. She was also a participant of the International Women’s University (ifu) held in Hamburg, Germany in 2000, with a DAAD scholarship in the project areas of Reconstructing Gender and Information. Dr. Zengin Arslan worked as an assistant professor in the Sociology Department at Bahçesehir University, Istanbul. She was awarded a two-year Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship for the period of 2010-2012 and with this fellowship, she acted as a visiting assistant professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Dr. Zengin Arslan’s research areas are Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Science and Technology and Gender Studies. Some of her publications are, ‘Women in engineering education in Turkey: Understanding the gendered distribution’, International Journal of Engineering Education (2002); Women Engineers in Turkey: Gender, Technology, Education and Professional Life, Lambert Academic Publishing (2010); Shari’a and Legal Pluralism in the West (with Bryan S. Turner), European Journal of Social Theory (2011); and ‘State and Turkish Secularism: The Case of the Diyanet’ (with Bryan S. Turner) in The Religious and the Political A Comparative Sociology of Religion, Cambridge University Press (2013).
Dr. Nilufer Kafescioglu received her BA in Psychology from Ege University in 1997. She received her MA in Clinical Psychology from University of Indianapolis in 2002 and her PhD in Couple and Family Therapy from Purdue University in 2008. She also has a minor in Women’s Studies from Purdue University. Her research focuses on the role of family functioning in the development and treatment of emotional and behavioral problems of children and adults. In her research with couples she has utilized an attachment theory perspective and focused on the role of couples relationship on coping with chronic illness and the link between relationship distress and couple communication patterns. In her research with children, she has focused on effective family therapy interventions for children at risk for emotional and behavioral problems.
Dr. Alper Açık received his B.A. Degree in Psychology from Bogazici University in 2003, and then moved to Germany. He completed an M.Sc. degree in Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabruck. At the same institute, he worked on his PhD in Cognitive Science and delivered lectures on cognitive psychology and neuroscience between 2006 and 2011. Since 2009 he is involved in the organization of popular scientific seminars on various topics including consciousness, memory, and concepts of space and time. His areas of expertise consist of visual attention, eye movements, natural image statistics, perceptual mechanisms and embodied cognition. Parallel to that, he is currently interested in critical approaches to neuroscience and cognitive science, particularly in the popularization of brain-related findings in the media, neural reductionism, pseudo-gender differences in behavior due to stereotype threat, and flawed evolutionary thinking applied to cognition.
Dr. Irem Caglar is assistant professor of Law at Ozyegin University Law School in Turkey. She teaches legal philosophy, sociology of law, women’s human rights law. Her areas of research include: feminist legal theory, sociology of law, legal, political and moral philosophy, politics and law. She graduated, Ankara Univesity Law School (1997). Dr. Çağlar earned her Master’s (2000) and PhD(2009) degrees from Ankara University Law School. Her master thesis in legal theory “Differences and Sameness within the framework of Feminist Legal Theory”. Her doctoral thesis in legal and political philosophy “The Reassesment of the Liberal Concepts and Principles under the Claims for Recognition”. Irem’s publications include: “The Parent-Child Relationship within the Framework of Legal Regulations”,Parenting: Theory and Research (2012); “Maternity Law in Turkey”, Feminist Studies in Turkey at the Begining of 21st Century (2011); “Domestic Violence”, Gender Studies, (Turkey:2011); “Gender and Law”, Gender Sociology(Turkey: 2011).
Dr. Çimen Günay-Erkol received her BSc degree in Mining Engineering from Middle East Technical University in 1998. She obtained her MA in Turkish Literature from Bilkent University in 2001 and moved to the Netherlands in 2002 for PhD. She obtained her PhD from Leiden University in 2008, spending the period 2002-2003 as a HUYGENS student. During 2006-2008, Günay-Erkol has lived and worked as an independent researcher in Tokyo, Japan. Since 2008, she has been teaching Turkish Language and Literature courses at Özyeğin University. She works on masculinities in literature, military periods, disabilities, and fictionalization of political history. She was the principal investigator of the Women Writers of Turkey in History project (2010-2012) funded by TÜBİTAK (109K517), Turkish Scientific Research Council and supported by the European Council under the COST umbrealla. Günay-Erkol recently co-edited Dictionary of Literary Biography 373: Turkish Novelists Since 1960 (New York: Gale, 2013) with Burcu Alkan.
Senem Timuroğlu graduated from Notre Dame de Sion and received her BA in Turkish Language and Literature from Mimar Sinan University in 1999. She earned her Master’s Degree from INALCO, Paris and Department of Turkish Literature from Bilkent University. She is conducting her PhD in Paris Sorbonne IV. University in the department of French Literature and Comparative Literature and working on “Transnational Approaches to 19th and 20th century Ottoman and French Women Writers.” Between 2010-2012 she contributed to the TÜBİTAK project (109K517) a collaborative research on the history of women writes in Turkey under the COST umbrella “Women Writers in History: Toward a New Understanding of European Literary Culture, and until the end of 2013 she contributed to the COST collaboration. In this framework she organized the workshop “Transnational Perspectives on 19th and 20th Century Women’s Writing” on 27 September 2012. Since 2009, she is an instructor at Özyeğin University. She gives lectures on Turkish language and literature and also literature and gender. Her research areas are 19th and early 20th century women’s literature, feminist literary theories, gender, poststructural and postcolonial theories.
Dr. Murat Cankara earned his Bachelor’s degree in 2001 from Ankara University, Faculty of Language and History-Geography, Department of Theater. He obtained his MA and PhD from Bilkent University, Department of Turkish Literature in 2004 and 2011. Cankara spent 2007-2008 at Harvard as visiting scholar, and in 2008-2012 he worked at Sabancı University, School of Languages.In 2012-2013 he was a post-doc at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Dr. Ali Serdar graduated from Middle East Technical University, Department of Sociology in 1998. He obtained his MA from Bilkent University, Department of Turkish Literature in 2002. He received his PhD in 2007, from Bilkent University, Department of Turkish Literature. He recently started (in 2014) working on serialized novels of Turkish literature in journals and magazines published between 1831-1928 in the framework a TÜBİTAK project. The project is expected to reveal a history of “serialized novels” and help the rediscovery of marginalized novelists of the past, including several women writers who are systematically silenced within the system of literature. The aim is to construct a database of serialized novels and also to analyze statistical distribution of them in periods, and gender-wise.
Egem Atik graduated from İstanbul Bilgi University in 2010 with a BA in Comparative Literature. She was awarded with a scholarship from Hazel E. Heughan Educational Trust to attend modern and postmodern literature programmes in The University of Edinburgh. She is in the process of finishing her MA studies in Turkish Language and Literature in Boğaziçi University with her thesis titled “Subject and Power in the Novels of Sevgi Soysal”.
Esra Derya Dilek graduated from Kenan Evren Anadolu High School in 2005 and earned her BA degree from Yıldız Technical University, Department of Turkish Language and Literature in 2009. Dilek obtained her MA from Bilkent University, Department of Turkish Literature in 2014 with a thesis titled “The Problem of Rhetoric in the 19th Century Press: Transformation of the Term Literature”.