Queer and Trans Movement in Turkey

On April 26th, Monday, between 10 am 11:30 am PST (1 pm and 2:30 pm EST and 8 pm and 9:30 pm Turkish time), we will be hosting three scholars and activists doing research on the Queer and Trans Movement in Turkey. They will be sharing their insights about the change that has been happening by, to, for, and about the Queer and Trans (LGBTQ+) movement in Turkey. We will talk about how the movement has changed under the AKP regime, the strategies queer and trans activists employed, and the current Boğaziçi protests.

Sinan Göknur

Evren Savcı is Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University. She is a scholar of transnational sexualities, whose work is informed by feminist and queer theory and ethnographic methodology. She recently published her first book Queer in Translation: Sexual Politics under Neoliberal Islam with Duke University Press in February 2021, which analyzes sexual politics under contemporary Turkey’s AKP regime. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from USC, and was a postdoctoral fellow at The Sexuality Projects at Northwestern.

Cenk Özbay is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Sabanci University. He received his Ph.D. in sociology and gender studies from the University of Southern California. His areas of research and teaching include the sociology of gender and sexualities, globalization and neoliberalism, sociology of work, mobilities and the city, qualitative research methods, contemporary Istanbul and Turkey. He has several published works including, but not limited to, The Making of Neoliberal Turkey (2016, Routledge) and Queering Sexualities in Turkey: Gay Men, Male Prostitutes and the City (2017, IB Tauris). He has written extensively on queer cultures and formations in Istanbul and in Turkey.

For the first hour, the panelists/speakers will talk about their research and experiences. After that, we will follow up with a Q&A session open to everyone. This event is open to the public. No prior information necessary.

This event is organized by Students for Queer Resistance and Trans Liberation, and cosponsored by Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Stanford, Queer Student Resources.