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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 June 2020.pdf
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
(030) 2093-66613

Curriculum Vitae      Google Citations       ResearchGate        Podcast


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 2020):


Media, Migrants and Politics: Comparative Study of Media Representations of Immigrants in Australia and Germany (2019-2021, funded by the Berlin University Alliance, equal PIs with Karen Ferquharson)

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. 


Borders, boundaries, and bodies in the production of non-belonging: Regulating the return of European women who joined ISIS (with Anna Korteweg)


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. Output: Article in preparation.



Recently 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).




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) 




                  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