Sexual Harassment in Turkish Academia Through the Lens of Gendered Academic Citizenship

Ecevit F. Y., Beşpınar Akgüner F. U.

in: Gendered Academic Citizenship: Issues and Experiences, Sevil Sümer, Editor, Palgrave Macmillan, London , London, pp.199-228, 2020

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, London 
  • City: London
  • Page Numbers: pp.199-228
  • Editors: Sevil Sümer, Editor
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The main objective of this chapter is to examine sexual harassment in Turkish academia by using the theoretical framework of gendered academic citizenship which involves the key components of membership, recognition and belonging. We will examine the phenomenon of sexual harassment and recent institutional and social mechanisms of dealing with it in Turkish academia by considering the impacts of the simultaneously rising conservatism and feminist awareness in the Turkish society. The purpose of this chapter is to analyze the endeavors, which we consider as a part of the mainstreaming strategy of gender equality at universities, for the conceptualization and prevention of sexual harassment and assault within the framework of the concept of gendered academic citizenship (membership, recognition, and belonging). In this respect, before the analysis, we discuss the causes and consequences of sexual harassment and assault cases at universities by considering the relevant national and international literature. We believe that this discussion, which is based on our almost ten years of experience in the field of fighting against sexual harassment and violence on the university campuses in Turkey, will contribute to the theoretical framework and conceptualization of sexual harassment through the lens of the gendered academic citizenship.