Selin Cagatay

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Vienna, Quellenstrasse 51

Selin Çağatay is a postdoctoral researcher in the international project ZARAH: Women’s labour activism in Eastern Europe and transnationally, from the age of empires to the late 20th century at the Department of Gender Studies and Department of History, Central European University, Austria. Her current research concerns gender politics and equality struggles in Turkey from historical and transnational perspectives, with a focus on activist agendas, organizational forms, and political strategies. As part of her research at ZARAH, she focuses on women’s labour activism in Turkey and internationally (general thematic area).

Selin holds a Ph.D. degree in Comparative Gender Studies at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary (dissertation title “Politics of Gender and the Making of Kemalist Feminist Activism in Contemporary Turkey, 1946–2011”). Before joining CEU, she was a postdoctoral fellow in gender studies in the research project Spaces of resistance. A study of gender and sexualities in times of transformation at the Department of Cultural Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She taught courses on interdisciplinary gender research, gender regimes, women's activism, NGOs, transnational feminism, and cultural politics at Central European University (Hungary), Eötvös Lorand University (Hungary), and Gothenburg University (Sweden). Selin’s scientific work and teaching have been informed by her experience as a feminist activist in numerous organizations and initiatives in Turkey, Hungary, Sweden and internationally.

Recent Publications:

2021. (forthcoming) Feminist and LGBTI+ Activism across Russia, Scandinavia and Turkey. Transnationalizing Spaces of Resistance. Co-authors Mia Liinason and Olga Sasunkevich. Open access by Palgrave Macmillan:

2020. “Feminist Strike. Reflections on the International Women's Strike, 2017 − ?” Contradictions: A Journal for Critical Thought, vol. 4, no. 2, 115−123.

2020. “Kemalist feminizm. Kadın hareketi tarihinin göz ardı edilmiş ‘bariz gerçeği’” [Kemalist feminism. The ignored ‘obvious truth’ of the history of women’s movement]. In Nacide Berber and Feryal Saygılıgil, eds., Modern Türkiye’de Siyasi Düşünce, Vol. 10 Feminizm [Political Thought in Modern Turkey, Vol. 10 Feminism], Istanbul: Iletişim Yayınları, 313−338. 

2018. “Women's Coalitions Beyond the Laicism-Islamism Divide in Turkey: Towards an Inclusive Struggle for Gender Equality?” Social Inclusion, vol. 6, no. 4 (November), 48–58.

2018. “Feminists in, against (and beyond?) the state: Women's rights, global gender equality regime, and Turkey’s gender politics in the 21st century.” In Diana Mulinari and Lena Martinsson, eds., Dreaming Global Change – Doing Local feminisms. Visions of Feminism. Global North /Global South Encounters, Conversations and Disagreements, New York and Oxon: Routledge, 58–80.




Ph.D. in Comparative Gender Studies, Central European University
M.A. in Cultural Studies, Istanbul Bilgi University
B.A. in Political Science and Public Administration, Middle East Technical University