ANAMED Talks – Building New Academic Communities in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies in the Near East

Date: 23 November 2021
Time: 18:30 (Türkiye local time, GMT+3)
This month, we are hosting Gülşah Şenkol, a former ANAMED Post-Doctoral Fellow, to discuss two complementary projects conceived during her postdoctoral studies: “The Mapping Gender in the Near East Workshop” and a K24 Dossier entitled “The Past, Present and Future of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies in Türkiye.” “Mapping Gender” was a multi-institutional project that brought together a diverse array of scholars from across North America, Europe, and the Middle East to discuss the comparative state of the field of women’s and gender studies in Türkiye in addition to the Arab and Balkan worlds. “K24 dossier,” meanwhile, features ten interviews with the directors of the leading women’s, gender and sexuality studies programs at Turkish universities about the histories of the centers as well as their achievements and continued struggles. Both projects aimed to develop innovative forms of collaboration across geographic, disciplinary, and methodological boundaries. While the “Mapping Gender Workshop” looked at the gaps in scholarship in WGSS in the Near East, the dossier represents a platform to discuss the developments in and challenges to the institutional structures that facilitate that scholarship. Together, these two projects are intended to cultivate a network of scholars that will offer new perspectives aimed at advancing the study of women and gender in Türkiye and across the wider Near East.
The talk will also introduce the launch of a state-of-the-art online resource designed by and for researchers in WGSS in the Near East. This new gender research and networking platform will promote accessible, innovative scholarship and foster global interaction and cooperation among scholars and institutions engaged in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies across disciplinary lines in the Near East. During the Q&A, there will be an opportunity to discuss how best to use all three initiatives going forward.

The discussion will be moderated by Mirela Ivanova, who is currently an ANAMED Post-Doctoral Fellow. The talk will be held in English.

For more information about the projects, please visit:

Please register this online event in advance from here.


Gülşah Şenkol is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Orient-Institut Istanbul. She received her Ph.D. in History from Ohio State University in 2019. Her research focuses on the comparative history of feminism in the Middle East during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her current book project, A Comparative History of Feminism in Egypt and Türkiye, 1880-1935: Dialogue and Difference, establishes a dialogue between Egyptian and Turkish feminisms, investigates both the secular and Islamic trends within them, and takes stock of their interactions with and resistances to western feminisms.

Mirela Ivanova is a cultural and intellectual historian of Byzantium and Central and Eastern Europe. Currently, Ivanova is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at ANAMED, where she is focusing on one particular genre, hagiography, and how its production sought to mobilize communities in the Late Medieval Balkans. Prior to her appointment at ANAMED, Ivanova was a Junior Research Fellow in Medieval History at the University of Oxford. She recently joined the Department of History at the University of Sheffield as a lecturer.