Women Creating Change Global Initiative

Columbia Global Centers | Turkey

This initiative engages distinguished feminist scholars across Columbia’s many schools with leading intellectuals and thinkers around the world to focus on how contemporary global problems affect women and the role women play in addressing those problems. The project is based at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Columbia and is directed by Professor Lila Abu-Lughod.

Columbia Global Centers | Turkey collaborated with Women Creating Change on a workshop titled ‘Rethinking Gender, Vulnerability and Resistance,’ held at the Center from September 16 to 20, 2013. Professor Judith Butler co-directed the workshop with Professor Zeynep Gambetti of Bosphorus University, during which leading feminist scholars examined concepts related to the workshop’s main theme of 'Rethinking Vulnerability and Resistance: Feminism and Social Change'.  We were pleased to welcome the following fellows who took part in the workshop: Athena Athanasiou, Basak Ertur, Elena Loizidou, Elena Tzelepis, Elsa Dorlin, Judith Butler, Leticia Sabsay, Marianne Hirsch, Meltem Ahıska, Nacira Guénif-Souilamas, Nükhet Sirman, Rema Hammami, Sarah Bracke, and Zeynep Gambetti.

While in Istanbul, Judith Butler also gave a public lecture on ‘Freedom of Assembly, Or, Who are the People?’ at Boğaziçi University, held as part of the opening of the 13th Istanbul Biennial. In her talk, she examined freedom of assembly as a basic right and the relation between freedom of expression and freedom of assembly, and how this reconceptualizes notions around the people and the body. The video can be accessed here: globalcenters.columbia.edu/istanbul/content/videos.

Columbia Global Centers | Turkey was very excited to welcome the Women Mobilizing Memory working group to Istanbul from September 15-21, 2014. In this workshop, Prof. Marianne Hirsh and  Prof. Jean Howard collaborated with Prof. Ayşe Gül Altınay of Sabancı University as well as scholars from Santiago, Chile to explore women's acts of witness and the gendered forms and consequences of political repression and persecution. The Istanbul program included an exhibition, a week-long workshop, one-day panel series, visits to memory sites, and theater performances.

A Gender & Memory Tour was designed in collaboration with Karakutu Association and Gender and Women's Studies Forum at Sabancı University. Exploring the gendered memories of Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, the tour was run by a creative group of graduate students. A video of the tour can be seen here.

For more information about Women Creating Change, please visit the following website: socialdifference.columbia.edu/Projects/21.


Judith Butler: Freedom of Assembly, or Who are the People?

Watch Professor Judith Butler’s lecture, "Freedom of Assembly, or Who are the People?" held on September 15, 2013 in Istanbul at Boğaziçi University. Judith Butler’s lecture was a collaboration of Columbia Global Centers | Turkey, the 13th Istanbul Biennial and Boğaziçi University. Prof. Butler was based at the Center from September 16-19, co-directing a workshop with Prof. Zeynep Gambetti as part of Columbia’s Women Creating Change initiative on "Rethinking Vulnerability and Resistance: Feminism and Social Change." Learn more about Women Creating Change through this link: http://socialdifference.columbia.edu/projects/women-creating-change