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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Diversity and Social Conflict

Prof. Dr. Gökce Yurdakul

Department of Diversity and Social Conflict
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
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin



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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 current research is organized around three major themes:


* 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. An equally co-authored book (Stanford UP 2014, and German translation 2016) have been published from the results of this project.


* 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. A co-authored book in German (Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2010), one peer-reviewed article and multiple book chapters have been published from this project.


* 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 and abortion. The results of this project is published as one peer-reviewed article (2016) and several book chapters. An equally co-authored book-length project is under way. The website of this project is here


Currently, I am working on an article on the socio-political participation of sex-workers, queer and transgender migrants and refugees in Europe. 


In the spring semester of 2019, I will be a visiting fellow at the

Harvard University Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, in

order to work on my new book, The Politics of Non-Belonging (co-

project with Anna Korteweg).




                  Stanford University Press, 2014                     

transcript Verlag, 2016                                                  Stanford University Press, 2014

(deutsche Übersetzung)




Verlag Sozialwissenschaften,2010                          2009




Edited Volumes: Palgrave Macmillan 2006 and 2007 




Academic Background:

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

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

*since 2014 Chair for the Foundations of Migration and Integration Research at the Berlin Institute of Migration and Integration Research at the HU

* afilliated faculty member at the Department of Transdisciplinary Gender Studies 

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)                               

2007-2008  UNIVERSITY 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

2008-2009 FREIE 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

Research Grants: 
(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:
(2014-2020) Berlin Institute for Migration and Integration Research, Department of Foundations of Migration and Integration Research

Books and Key publications: 

Forthcoming in 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)