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The International Symposium on the Centenary of the Turkish Republic: Women of the Republic / The Republic of Women, will be held jointly by the Women’s Library and Information Center Foundation (KEKBMV) and Beykoz University, between 27-29 October 2023. Researchers and academicians who want to participate in the international symposium titled “Women of the Republic / Women’s Republic (1923-2023)” can send their abstracts to this e-mail address ““.
The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended until February 15, 2023.

The Registration Form, which must be filled, is on the REGISTRATION page.

* It is important to state if you will participate in the Symposium “online or in person” in the REGISTRATION SECTION.  After the accepted abstracts are announced (the payment receipt must be attached with the payment of the participation fee) the symposium program will be organized based on this information.
The Symposium will take place in person and/or online according to the conditions and the facilities at hand. The symposium papers can be presented in Turkish or in English.


The gender and women’s studies in Turkey are based on a rich theoretical background and present a dynamic character and plurality. Based on this accumulated knowledge, this symposium aims to create space for women to make an assessment of the Republic, taking both the current and the historical perspectives into account. With the instruments and critical approach provided by the gender and women’s studies, we will elaborate on the historical, social, cultural, economic, political, religious and artistic contexts in interaction with each other and look at the gains and the lines of tension created by the Republic. We see this symposium, which will also be open to international participation, as a valuable opportunity for women to read and re-assess their historical and social experiences during the different periods of the Republic.

We encourage young participants from various disciplines to take part in this symposium, where we will speak about the Turkish Republic at its centenary, with new and original studies that will further diversify the rich research background in the field of gender and women’s studies. We expect the participants to give paper proposals that have not been presented in other scientific meetings or published elsewhere.We invite you to recount women’s contribution to the social transformation in the Republican period; their gains, empowerment and success stories besides the struggles they have fought, the obstacles they have faced, i.e. their demands, their solutions for women’s rights and equality; and also express their protests, hopes and wishes.