Mini Lab on “Gender and Resistance” in Istanbul

MODE Istanbul‘s mini lab on ‘Gender and Resistance’ was underway last weekend. Between August 23rd and 25th, at Simotas Building in Kuzguncuk/Istanbul, guests from the LGBT community and the Socialist Feminist Collective as well as academics working on gender issues talked about their experiences in relation to Gezi incidents and shared their insights on the culture of resistance.

Lawyer Levent Pişkin, one of the organizers of the LGBT Honor Week, was the first speaker to talk about the LGBT community in Turkey and he gave a historical and sociological insight into what resistance means for the community.

sfk1Cenk Özbay, associate professor at Bogazici University, first went over the basic terminology of gender studies. He then defined and started a discussion on the concept of ‘insurgent masculinity’, which he portrayed as an undertow to the prevalent idea of masculinity, within the context of Gezi process and linked it with a caricature project he has been working on.

Bilinç Şüküroğlu, a representative of the Socialist Feminist Collective, talked about her experiences on feminist resistance in relation to the Gezi Protests.

experimental3On the last day, Ümit Özsoy, professor at Marmara University, lead an experimental film/video workshop exploring the question of free will. The lab participants experimented with the ideas with hands on arts exercises.

The mini lab is a part of Gezi Lab organized under Lab MODE program. For more information: