Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Diversity and Social Conflict

Prof. Dr. Gökce Yurdakul

Department of Diversity and Social Conflict
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Prof. Dr. Gökce Yurdakul
gokce.yurdakul (at)

Humboldt-Universität → Präsidium → Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät → Institut für Sozialwissenschaften → Georg Simmel Professorship in Comparative Studies on Diversity and Social Conflicts
Visiting address
Universitätsstraße 3b , Room 306
Phone number
(030) 2093-66613
Mailing address
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin

ORCID ID 0000-0002-2604-0743

Research Gate  

Gökce Yurdakul is Georg Simmel Professor of Diversity and Social Conflict at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Director of the Berlin Institute of Migration and Integration Research (BIM). Previously, she was the Director of the Department of Social Sciences at her university from 2019-21. Her areas of interest are gender, immigration, citizenship, specifically issues of Muslim women in Western Europe. Her research has been funded by national and international grants, including the Social Science Research Council Canada, German Center for Migration Research (DeZIM) and GIF (German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research). She was a visiting scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at the Harvard University in 2019, where she was affiliated with the Comparative Inequalities and Inclusion Research Cluster. She wrote and edited five books, most recently, The Headscarf Debates: Conflict of National Belonging (2014, Stanford University Press, with Anna Korteweg), as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Yurdakul and Korteweg started a new book-length project on how the politics of non-belonging are produced in the European media and political debate. Yurdakul is an associate editor for the leading feminist journal, Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society.


Current projects (as of 2023):


Participation and democracy: The role of women and LGBTQ immigrant initiatives from Turkey in Germany under the general project Social Conflicts and Dynamics of Party Competition in Times of Migration and Integration (MigRep)

Funding Agency: BMBFSJ, Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (Germany)

Duration: 01.01.2020 – 31.12.2024

Partner: Collaborator with Tunay Altay (PI, Humboldt University of Berlin); 

Berliner Institut für empirische Integrations- und Migrationsforschung (BIM), Berlin

Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Integrations- und Migrationsforschung (InZentIM), Duisburg-Essen

Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung (MZES), Mannheim

Website: here

Output: Journal article



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

Funding Agency: Social Sciences and Humanities Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant

Duration: 2020-2023 

Partner: Collaborator with Anna Korteweg (Principal Investigator, University of Toronto)


Output: Monograph and Journal article

Anna Korteweg, Gökce Yurdakul, Jillian Sunderland and Marloes Streppel (2023)  "Social Reproduction Gone Wrong? The Citizenship Revocation and Rehabilitation of Young European Women Who Joined ISIS“ Social Politics


Recently Completed Research Projects:


Getting Respect in Germany: How Turks Respond to Racism

Funding Agency: German Center for Migration and Integration Research (DeZIM) Racism Monitoring Program (NaDira)

Completed: 2021

Partner: Tunay Altay

Website: here

Output: Gökçe Yurdakul & Tunay Altay (2022) Overcoming stigma: the boundary work of privileged mothers of Turkish background in Berlin’s private schools, Ethnic and Racial Studies, DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2022.2152720



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

Funding Agency: Berlin University Alliance (BUA)

Completed: 2021

Partner: Karen Farquharson, University of Melbourne

Website: here. 

Output: Özgür Özvatan, Bastian Neuhauser and Gökçe Yurdakul (2023) "The ‘Arab Clans’ Discourse: Narrating Racialization, Kinship, and Crime in the German Media," Social Sciences, 12(2), 104;


Border-Making in Berlin: Sexual Citizenship and Social Boundaries in Street Sex-Work

Funding Agency: None.

Completed: 2020

Partner: Tunay Altay

Output: Tunay Altay, Gökçe Yurdakul & Anna C. Korteweg (2021) Crossing borders: the intersectional marginalisation of Bulgarian Muslim trans*immigrant sex workers in Berlin, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 47:9, 1922-1939, DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2020.1862646


Body Politics, Bioethics and Gendered Identities

Funding Agency: German-Israeli Science Foundation (GIF)

Completed: 2019

Partner: Shai Lavi, Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law

Website: here

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



Key publications: 


(2022) Overcoming stigma: the boundary work of privileged mothers of Turkish background in Berlin’s private schools, Ethnic and Racial Studies, DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2022.2152720 (with Tunay Altay)


(2021) "Crossing borders: The intersectional marginalization of Bulgarian Muslim trans*immigrant sex workers in Berlin", Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (with Tunay Altay and Anna Korteweg)


(2020) "Liberal Feminism and Postcolonial Difference: Debating Headscarves in the Netherlands, France and Germany" Social Compass. (with Anna Korteweg)


(2020) "Boundary Regimes and the Gendered Racialized Production of Muslim Masculinities: Cases from Canada and Germany" Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies (with Anna Korteweg)


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


(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) 




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transcript Verlag, 2016                              Stanford University Press, 2014

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Verlag Sozialwissenschaften, 2010              Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009





Edited Volumes: Palgrave Macmillan 2006 and 2007