Prof. Dr. Gökçe Yurdakul
Student Assistant: Gala Rexer
Duration: SoSe 2015
Contact hours per week: 4 hours, bi-weekly
Time: Thursday 10:00- 14:00
Place: Universitätstr. 3b, R. 004
This seminar is concerned with how conflicts between religion and secularity (i.e., secular and religious discourses, norms, actors, and institutions) are shaped differently in differing socio-legal contexts in the Middle East, Europe and North America. Specifically, we will examine the way religion and secularity shape disputes and are shaped by disputes over “body politics” and “the margins of life”. We will explore the secular laws and religious disputes governing what is permissible to do to the body and who has the authority to decide (The Church, the mother, the public, the individual etc.) We will focus on current legal and social controversies that have erupted around the practices of male circumcision, posthumous organ donation, abortion, technologies of birth and death with dignity (assisted suicide).
Introduction to the details of this course
Hirschkind, Charles (2011): Is there a secular body? In: Cultural Anthropology, Volume 26, Issue 4, pp. 633–647
Muslim Women’s Body
Korteweg, Anna C. / Yurdakul, Gökce (2014): The Headscarf Debates: Conflicts of National Belonging. Stanford: Stanford University Press. (whole book)
Patriarchy, Power and Violence
Guest Lecture by PhD student Sakar Sabir
Aisha K. Gill, Nazand Begikhani, Gill Hague (2012): ‘Honour’-based violence in Kurdish Communities. In: Women’s Studies International Forum, Volume 35, Issue 2, March–April 2012, Pages 75-85.
Mojab, Shahrazad (2003): Kurdish Women in the Zone of Genocide and Gendercide. In: AL-Raida Volume XXI, No.1 03, Fall 2003
Mojab, Shahrazad (2000): Vengeance and Violence: Kurdish Women Recount the War. In: CANADLAN WOMAN STUDlES LES CAHlERS DE LA FEMME. VOLUME 19, NUMBER 4
Hardi, Choman (2013): Women’s Activism in Iraqi Kurdistan: Achievements, Short comings, and Obstacles. In: Kurdish Studies, Volume: 1, No: 1, pp. 44 64 October 2013
Gender and Women’s Rights
Gross, M. L. (2002). “Abortion and neonaticide: ethics, practice, and policy in four nations.” Bioethics 16(3): pp. 202-230
Reitz, D. and G. Richter (2010). “Current Changes in German Abortion Law.” Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 19(3): pp. 334-343
Pinter, B., et al. (2005). “Accessibility and availability of abortion in six European countries.” Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care 10(1): pp. 51-58.
Badamchi, D. K. (2014). “Abortion and Public Reason in Turkey: A Normative Evaluation of the Discourses of AKP and CHP.” Turkish Studies 15(1), pp. 45-61
Yurdakul, Gökce (2015) Secularism, Religion, Diversity: The Contradictions of a European Identity
Judd, Robin (2007) Contested Rituals: Circumcision, Kosher Butchering, and Jewish Political Life in Germany, 1843-1933, pp. 1-21
Bijan Fateh-Moghadam, Criminalizing male circumcision? Case Note: Landgericht Cologne, Judgment of 7 May 2012 – No. 151 Ns 169/11, 13 German Law Journal 1131-1145 (2012)
Ciftci;, A. V. S. A. E. Y. D. U. H. (2002). “A Limited Study on the Perception and Change in Attitude about Circumcision among Health Care Professionals and Their Male Family Members.” Urol. Int. 69.
Najmabadi, Afsaneh (2013) Professing Selves: Transsexuality in Contemporary Iran