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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Diversity and Social Conflict

Prof. Dr. Gökce Yurdakul

Department of Diversity and Social Conflict
Gokce Yurdakul CV December 2019 | CV
Prof. Dr. Gökce Yurdakul
gokce.yurdakul (at) sowi.hu-berlin.de

Einrichtung (OKZ)
Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät → Institut für Sozialwissenschaften → G.Simmel Prof. Comparative Studies on Diversity/Social Conflicts
Universitätsstraße 3b , Raum 306

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Academic Background:


2013- HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITÄT ZU BERLIN, Germany, Institute for Social Sciences, 

Georg Simmel Professor of Diversity and Social Conflict  (W3, Full Professor, tenured)


2009-2013 | HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITÄT ZU BERLIN, Germany, Institute for Social Sciences, Berlin Graduate School for Social Sciences (BGSS), Georg Simmel Professor of Diversity and Social Conflict  (W2)                      


2007-2008UNIVERSITY OF DUBLIN, Trinity College, Ireland, Department of Sociology and MPhil Program in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Lecturer (permanent position)


2006-2007 BROCK UNIVERSITY, Ontario, Canada, Department of Sociology, Assistant Professor


2008-2009FREIE UNIVERSITÄT Berlin Program for German and European Studies, Post-Doctoral Fellow (10 mo.) 


1999-2006 | UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, Toronto, Canada, Department of Sociology, PhD. in Sociology Dissertation Title: Mobilizing Kreuzberg: Political Representation, Immigrant Incorporation and Turkish Associations in Berlin (published as a book: From Guest Workers to Muslims: Turkish Immigrant Associations in Germany, Cambridge Scholars) 


1995-1998 | MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY, Ankara, Turkey, M.A. in Gender and Women’s Studies, Thesis Title: Female Body and its Representations in Medicine: A Case Study of Gynaecology

1991-1995 |  BOGAZİÇİ UNIVERSITY, Istanbul, Turkey, B.A. in Sociology


Visiting Fellowships:

(Feb-June 2019) HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Research Cluster on Comparative Inequalities and Inclusion
Research Grants: 

(2017-18) Principal Investigator, commissioned policy report by the federal ministry 

(2015-19) Contesting Authorities Over Body Politics: Religion and Secularism in Germany, Israel and Turkey (funded by the German-Israeli Foundation, GIF, equal investigators with Prof. Shai Lavi, Tel-Aviv University)
(2011-12) Headscarf Conflict (funded by the Gender Equality Funds at the HU)
(2007-10) Jews and Turks: Political Representation and Minority Rights (funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Faculty Grant, SSHRC, principal investigator)
Instutional Grants:
(2014-2022) Multiple grant providers (Hertie Foundation, German Football Association, Federal Employment Agency): Establishing Berlin Institute for Migration and Integration Research, member of the grant proposal writing team (later: Chair of the Fundamentals of Migration Research department)
(2013) German Research Association (DFG) international collaboration grant: Reserach collaboration grant for trilateral collaboration for the research network with UCLA and SciencesPo Paris

Key publications: 

(2019) "Contested Authorities over Life Politics:  Religious-Secular Tensions in Abortion Debates in Germany, Turkey, and Israel" Comparative Sociology, 18 (5) 706-734 (with Gala Rexer, Shvat Eilat and Nil Mutluer)


(2019)  "State Responsibility and Differential Inclusion: Addressing Honor-Based Violence in the Netherlands and Germany," Social Politics (with Anna Korteweg)


(2014) The Headscarf Debates: Conflicts of Belonging in National Narratives, Stanford University Press (equal co-authors with Anna Korteweg) (2016) Die Kopftuch Debatten: die Narrative nationaler Zugehörigkeit (deutsche Übersetzung, transcript Verlag; Vorwort zur deutsche Ausgabe bei Dr. Naika Foroutan)


(2010) Staatsbürgerschaft, Migration und Minderheiten: Inklusion und Ausgrenzungsstrategien im Vergleich. Wiesbaden: Verlag Sozialwissenschaften. (Citizenship, Migration and Minorities: Comparative Inclusion and Exclusion Strategies) (equal co-authors with Michal Bodemann)



(2009) From Guest workers into Muslims: Turkish Immigrant Associations in Germany, Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press. 



(2008) “Citizenship and Immigration: Assimilation, Multiculturalism and the Challenges to the Nation State” Annual Review of Sociology 34: 153-179. (equal authors with Irene Bloemraad and Anna C. Korteweg) 


My primary research interest is how migratory experiences shape gendered and racialized identities in the European context. I use qualitative research methods, specifically face-to-face interviewing, participant observation and critical discourse analysis of media resources in my research. Until 2018, I conducted cross-country comparative research in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, Israel and Turkey. My open access publications are available in my researchgate website in the link above and in the university repositories, including Humboldt University's edoc repository. 


Current research projects (as of 2019):


Media, Migrants and Politics: Comparative Study of Media Representations of Immigrants in Australia and Germany

This project is a critical analysis of media representations of Arab and North African immigrants in the Australian and Germany's newspapers.  It is funded by the Berlin University Alliance Seed Grant for International Exchange. The planned output of the project is a cross-country comparative article in a peer-reviewed journal, and establishing a doctoral student exchange between our university and University of Melbourne. 


Social Boundary Drawing, Inclusion and Freedom of Speech: In a cross-country, mixed method study with multiple principle investigators, I aim to understand the limits of freedom of speech in three contested issues: migration, right-wing populism and hate speech on digital platforms. 


Border-Making in Berlin: Sexual Citizenship and Social Boundaries in Street Sex-Work: Through a micro-level ethnographic study immigrant street sex-workers, my doctoral student, Tunay Altay and I attempt to show the new forms of border-making through social boundaries in city scapes. This project is still ongoing, and the initial results will be presented as a conference paper. 



Completed Research Projects:


* Body Politics, Bioethics and Gendered Identities: This project, funded by the German-Israeli Science Foundation (GIF, completion year 2019) showed how religious and secular authorities decide on issues of bodily integrity and bioethical issues. We compare three countries (Germany, Israel and Turkey) with secular law and different monotheistic religious majorities in order to analyze controversial body politic issues, such as male circumcision, abortion and reproductive technologies.  Output: The results of this project is published as two  peer-reviewed articles (2016 and 2019) and several book chapters. A working paper and a peer review article is in preparation. The website of this project is here


* The Transformative Forces of Migration: Refugees and the Configuration of Migration Societies: This project, funded by the Berlin Institute of Migration and Integration Research and the Kosmos International Summer School, is about the transformations in European societies after the arrival of refugees from MENA countries after 2015. Output: A comparative analysis of Canada and Germany media discourses on refugee acceptance, especially about male refugees, has been published as a book chapter (together with Ulrike Hamann and Anna Korteweg in 2018) and an expanded version is under review in a peer-reviewed journal (2019). Two outputs are compilation of Humboldt students' research as an edited book  (E-Book) and international researchers' articles (special issue, co-edited with Ulrike Hamann).


* Socio-political participation of headscarf and full-veil wearing Muslim women in cross-country comparative perspective: This research line, funded by the Humboldt University's Gender equality (2011-12) grant, is about cross-country experiences of national belonging, socio-political participation and job market discrimination against headscarf- wearing Muslim women. The results of the project shows how Muslim women create socio-political strategies in order to participate in European societies and to enter into job markets. Output: An equally co-authored book with Anna Korteweg (Stanford UP 2014, and German translation 2016) have been published from the results of this project. One article is submitted for peer review (2019). 


* Citizenship, Immigrant Integration and Minority Rights of Jews and Muslims in Germany: This project, funded by the SSHRC of Canada (completion year 2010) and a post-doctoral grant at the Free University of Berlin (2008), showed how the members of the Jewish minority, Turkish immigrant political leaders and Palestinian religious leaders try to establish political alliances in Berlin in order to claim religious minority rights in Germany. Output: A co-authored book in German (Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2010), one peer-reviewed article (2016) and multiple book chapters have been published from this project. 


* Comparative Analysis of Honor-Based Violence in German and Dutch Media and Policy Papers:  This project, commissioned by the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD, completion year 2010), showed how the public discourse on Muslim immigrant integration in Europe is increasingly framed around the presumed incompatibility of Islam and Western values. In understanding how such framing constructs boundaries between immigrants and majority society in the media, my colleague Anna Korteweg and I analysed newspaper discussions of honour killing in the Netherlands and Germany, and later also in Britain. We showed how these debates reinforce existing bright boundaries, or a strong sense of us versus them, between immigrants from Muslim and/or Turkish backgrounds and the majority population. In later stages, especially after the Istanbul convention, we also attempted to show the state responsibility in including immigrant women for protection under certain laws.  Output: Multiple peer-reviewed articles (2009, 2013, 2019) and a thematic paper by the UNRISD (2010) have been published from this project.


* Political Participation of Turkish Immigrants in Germany: My dissertation project "Mobilizing Kreuzberg: Immigrant Integration and Political Participation of Turkish Immigrant Associations in Germany"(defended in 2006), revised and published as a book with the title "From Guest Workers into Muslims: The Transformation of Turkish Immigrant Associations in Germany" 2010 by Cambridge Scholars), is on how secular, leftist, nationalist and religious Turkish immigrant associations attempt to define integration and hinge on the German politics . Drawing from three year fieldwork and interviews with political leaders in Germany, I attempted to show how political participation is enacted in the associational level by immigrants. My doctoral studies were funded by 4 year Connaught Fellowship and multiple research grants at the University of Toronto. Output: Doctoral Dissertation (2006), peer reviewed articles (2006, 2008, 2009), a co-edited special issue in Turkish Studies Journal (2009), a monograph (2009) and two edited books (2006-7).





                  Stanford University Press, 2014                     

transcript Verlag, 2016                              Stanford University Press, 2014

(deutsche Übersetzung)



Verlag Sozialwissenschaften, 2010              Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009



Edited Volumes: Palgrave Macmillan 2006 and 2007