In the event series World Science Café, fled and threatened scientists offer insights into their research
Since the winter term of 2016/17, the ZAK, in cooperation with the International Scholars & Welcome Office (IScO) has been hosting a new series of events during which refugees report about their scientific work. In line with the title-giving café concept, a brief outline will be followed by a discussion about the state of academia in the speakers’ country of origin, in dialogue with a partner who is familiar with the situation in the respective country. What are the consequences a society faces when scientists are unable to continue research in their own country? How can threatened scientists be enabled to continue their work in Germany? How do they enrich and amplify the academic world and German society?
The Philipp Schwartz Initiative was launched by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation together with the German Federal Foreign Office. It enables universities, universities of applied science, and independent research institutions to grant threatened researchers fellowships for research stays in Germany. The initiative has been made possible through generous support from the Federal Foreign Office, the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the Gerda Henkel Foundation, the Klaus Tschira Foundation, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Stifterverband, and the Stiftung Mercator.
Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 6 pm, Venue: Foyer of the Presidential Building (Adolf Würth Building, bldg. 11.30), Ehrenhof, Engelbert-Arnold-Str. 2, KIT Campus South - Campus Map (pdf, approx. ca.1 MB)
Neoliberal Regimes and Their Gendered Body-Bio-Politics: The Case of AKP in Turkey
Prof. Dr. Betül Yarar
University of Bremen, Educational Sciences
In her lecture, the Turkish sociologist Prof. Dr. Betül Yarar will discuss how the female body and female sexuality are exploited in contemporary Turkish politics to strengthen neoliberal and neoconservative trends. She will analyse the phenomenon alongside the observation that on one hand, the regime increases homogenisation tendencies and tries to ensure control over the female body, while on the other hand, a large part of the success of this politics is owed to its extraordinary appeal to female voters.
- Prof. Dr. Betül Yarar
Until 1 September 2016, Prof. Dr. Betül Yarar had been working as a professor at the Faculty of Communications of Gazi University in Ankara. At this date, however, when she was due to hold lectures in a summer school at Sciences Po Lille in France as a visiting scholar, she was dismissed from her position with the use of a special decree by the Turkish AKP government. For this reason – after finishing her academic programme in France – she came to the University of Bremen as a Philipp Schwartz Fellow by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Since February 2016, she has been carrying her academic life here in Germany at the University of Bremen.
In 1994, she received her MA in sociology from the University of Essex and in 2000 her PhD in sociology from the University of Lancaster. After earning her PhD, she continued to work on popular culture and its relation to politics (particularly neoliberal politics in Turkey). Later on, she enlarged her areas of interest and began to engage with new social and feminist movements, feminist theory, and body politics, particularly all in the context of modernisation and neoliberalism history in Turkey. Recently, she has started to work on a project named ‘Neoliberal-Neoconservative Biopolitics of AKP and Counter-Strategies of Feminist Groups in Women’s Movement in Turkey’. Within this context, she organised an international symposium with the title ‘Health, Reproduction & Sexuality: Neoliberal-Authoritarian Modes of Governing the Woman’s Body in Turkey’ which took place in Bremen from 5 to 6 April 2018.
Lecture in English