Women in movement. Women Migrants of Turkish Origin in the Federal Republic of Germany and Democratisation in Turkey (1961 to 1990)
Project leader at ZZF: Frank Bösch
In Turkey, democratisation has been negotiated on the question of what rights women should have since the foundation of the republic. These rights were granted in a limited way from above, but were also fought for from below. After the 1980 military coup, the feminist movement was one of the first opposition groups to contribute to democratisation as a grassroots movement. This dissertation project examines the transformation of Turkish society from the 1960s to the 1980s from a transnational and gender-historical perspective. It poses the question of how the international experiences of female migrant workers since the 1960s, especially after Germany, have affected Turkish society and what role female migrant workers of Turkish origin played as transnational actors in processes of social change.
The project analyses the interactions between the experiences and practices of migrant women of Turkish origin in the Federal Republic of Germany and those of politically active women in Turkey and the feminist movement emerging there. How were migrant women of Turkish origin in the Federal Republic of Germany and feminists in Turkey related? What cross-border encounters and forms of transnational solidarity took place - and what role did these interactions play in social change in Turkey? Last but not least, the question arises of how migrant women positioned themselves in the West German women's movement in the seventies and eighties. With the question of the reciprocal exchange of experience and knowledge between migrant women and feminists in Turkey, the project connects two movements in a new perspective, which until now have been considered predominantly separately in historical research: the migration of the "guest workers" and the second wave of the feminist movement in Turkey.
The project is part of the collaborative Leibniz-project "The Historicity of Democracy in the Arab and Muslim Worlds". First supervisor/project manager at ZZF is Prof. Dr. Frank Bösch.
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