Derya Keskin

Derya Keskin received her PhD in Development Studies from Marmara University in Istanbul, Turkey, and an MA from the Ohio State University in Columbus, USA. She worked as an assistant professor of Labor Sociology in the Department of Labor Economics and Industrial Relations at Kocaeli University, Turkey from January 2012 to September 2016. She was dismissed from her position through a governmental decree issued under the State of Emergency for signing a petition titled “We will not be a party to this crime,” also known as the Peace Petition which was a call directed to the State to end the civil deaths in the southeastern part of the country and to restart the peace process.

Her work has been published in journals related to education, labor and the Middle East. Her research interests include women’s labor, gender and social policy, religion and women, migration, higher education, academic work and problems in social research. She continues her work within the Kocaeli Academy for Solidarity as the founding member with the other Peace Signatories also dismissed from Kocaeli University for the same reason.

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Articles by Derya Keskin

  1. Authoritarian Regimes and Criminalization of Critical Voices

    Academics for Peace, the majority of whom are women, mostly working on women’s and gender issues, had been facing trial on charge of “propagandizing for a terrorist organization” for signing the Peace Petition since December 5, 2017.

  2. Criminalization of women’s mobilization & the punishing of gender studies

    The emergency rule of the last two years has created useful cases to understand what the authoritarian government in Turkey are trying to do in terms of women’s mobilization and gender studies at the universities. Celebrations of March 8 have been turned into a battleground to intimidate women’s mobilization through violent police interventions. In addition, it has become increasingly difficult to engage in women’s, gender, and LGBTI studies due to the changing nature of universities and related departments. However, these attempts have not been without resistance.

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