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From the Universities to the Academia: Countering Neoliberal Knowledge Regimes

Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Uris Hall, 153
Central Campus

Institute for European Studies, Cornell University


Simten Coşar, feminist political scientist. Retired from Hacettepe University (Ankara, Turkey) as full professor (2017). Worked at Başkent University (Ankara, Turkey) (1998-2012), Eastern Mediterranean University (North Cyprus) (1997-1998). Also taught undergraduate courses at Middle East Technical University (1999-2002). She has published on politics in Turkey, intellectual history, feminist politics and feminist theory in Turkish and in English. She is the co-editor of Universities in the Neoliberal Era: Academic Cultures and Critical Perspectives (Palgrave MacMillan, 2017), and Silent Violence: Neoliberalism, Islamist Politics and the AKP Years in Turkey (RQB, 2012). Coşar has also translated prominent works in social sciences from English to Turkish, and from Turkish to English.

How is the relation between knowledge production regimes and governing regimes is constructed and re-constructed in crisis times? What happens to the universities as sites of knowledge production regimes in crisis times? How do the academics-as-workers in a multi-dimensional relation of production position themselves in times of regime change? Where can we locate alternative modes and/or forms of knowledge production, and feminist knowledge production in particular in such times?

This talk addresses these questions on the basis of the interviews that I conducted with feminist academics in and out of university in Turkey, in summer 2019. Rather than offering definitive answers the talk is organized to offer a starting point for further discussion.

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