The struggle for peace by LGBTI+ and women’s organisations in Turkey
Nisan Alıcı (Ulster University) and Güneş Daşlı (Friedrich Schiller University Jena)
Public Seminar Series
Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 5pm to 6pm
Online via Zoom
Hosted by Refugee Studies Centre
Public Seminar Series Trinity term 2022
Resistance, Justice, Liberation: Critical Approaches to Knowledge Production on War, Violence and Colonization
Convened by Dr Dilar Dirik (Joyce Pearce Junior Research Fellow)
About the lecture
In this seminar, we draw on the findings from our report From Converging Roads to Narrowing Grounds: The Struggle for Peace by LGBTI+ and Women’s Organizations in Turkey, published by DEMOS Research Association. We examine the understandings and peace activism of LGBTI+ and women’s organisations that fight for peace in Turkey by centring on the 2013-2015 peace process. Through in-depth interviews with participants from various LGBTI+ and women’s organisations that undertook peace-related activities surrounding the peace process, we take a closer look at the experiences of organisations with a gender focus in the peace struggle. We discuss certain concepts we find significant in terms of the relationship between gender and peace and aim to leave a record for potential processes in the future by looking at the period when the hope for peace was the strongest through the eyes of grassroots actors.
About the speakers
Nisan Alıcı is a PhD researcher at the Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University. She is also a researcher at the Ankara-based DEMOS Research Association. Her research engages with questions around critical peace, transitional justice, gender, and victimhood.
Güneş Daşlı is a lecturer the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU) and doctoral researcher at Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies (JCRS) in Germany. Daşlı pursues the research project of “Transitional Justice from Below: The Case of the Kurdish Conflict in Turkey” and has worked as a researcher at DEMOS Research Association based in Ankara. Daşlı's academic interest relies on the areas of critical transitional justice, Kurdish Conflict, reconciliation, bottom-up peacebuilding, and gender.
The video of this seminar is available to watch on YouTube.