Various Feminisms to Meet in Ankara on March 14-16

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Kaos GL Association,Women’s Problems Research and Implementation Centre (KASAUM) and Ankara University Department of Women’s Studies will bring various states of feminism together in Ankara on March 14-16.
“Feminist Forum” will welcome feminist and LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex) organizations from Turkey as well as speakers from Armenia, Canada, Egypt, Georgia, India, Macedonia, North Cyprus and the UK.
Feminist activist, researcher and writer Cynthia Cockburn working at the intersection of gender studies and peace/conflict studies will make the opening speech of the joint program of Kaos GL’s the 3rd International Feminist Forum and KASAUM’s 20th Anniversary Activities. The program is as follows:
Ahmet Taner Kışlalı Art House, Cebeci Campus, Ankara University
Aziz Köklü Conference Room, Cebeci Campus, Ankara University
March 14, 2014
13.30-17.30 Women’s Peace Movements: Differences, Cooperations and Struggles
This workshop is organized by Women’s Initiative for Peace Ankara Group and Ankara University Women’s Studies Center/Women and Gender Studies Program
P.S. It is a close workshop and the number of participants is limited. For more information: ezgibsaritas@gmail.com and nazhidir@gmail.com
March 15, 2014
Aziz Köklü Conference Room, Cebeci Campus, Ankara University
10.00-12.00 The Gender of War: Feminist Strategies for Peace
Speaker: Cynthia Cockburn
12.00-13.00 Lunch
13.00-15.30 Feminism and Anti-militarism: Women’s Peace Movements
Handan Çağlayan
Nazan Üstündağ
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 – 17.30 Regional Cooperations in the LGBT and Feminist Resistance Practices
Moderator: Ezgi Koçak
Panelists: Nada Zatouna, Egyptian activist
Jovana Ananievska, LGBTI Support Center, Macedonia
Nazik Armenakyan, Photographer, Armenia
March 16, 2014
Ahmet Taner Kışlalı Art House, Cebeci Campus, Ankara University
12.00 – 13.30 Readingthe Stony Roads of Patriarchy and Heterosexism through the Eyes of Feminist Formations in Canada, Georgia and India
Moderator: Çiğdem Akgül
Panelists: Rachel-Alouki Labbé, Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights (UAF)
Roshmi Goswami, UAF
Mariam Gagoshashvili, UAF
13.30 – 14.00 Coffee break
14.00-15.30 The Evolution of Feminism in Turkey and Cyprus
Shuttling between theory and activism
Moderator: Funda Şenol Cantek
Panelists: Simten Çoşar, Member of Kaos GL Advisory Committee & Hacettepe University Faculty of Communication
MP Doğuş Derya, Northern Cyprus Parliament, Republican Turkish Party-United Forces (CTP-BG)   
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 – 18.00 Workshop: “If personal is political” what does the feminist politics stand for? 
Moderator: Alev Özkazanc
We gather in order to re-consider and act against the façade of the public-private distinction, the touchability of the allegedly untouchable maleist intimacy and the necessity to touch it, and the feminist ethics vis-à-vis the monopolistic claims of the conservative morals. The main issues that we touch upon: Political formations of intimate relations; the political appearance of the women’s experiences in fragility and sensitivity that relate to the private sphere and the “legitimacy” of the experiences of gay and bisexual women who are not open regarding the maleist-constructed  intimacy.
All the events are open to all and for free.   
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