By Ahmet Abdulaziz…..
The Centre for Women’s Studies of Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) last week organised a three day long International conference at the “Arsinoe” Meeting hall of the Rauf Raif Denktaş Culture Centre.
According to the information provided by the university the opening ceremony was attended by Prof. Dr. Naciye Doratlı, the Vice Rector for Administrative and Technical Affairs. The festival was attended by the European Women Rectors Association (EWORA) Honorary President and Former Istanbul Technical University Rector Prof. Dr. Gülsün Sağlamer, EMU-CWS Director, Conference President and EMU Education Faculty, Department of Turkish and Social Sciences Education academic staff member Assoc. Prof. Dr. Süheyla Üçışık Erbilen, Ankara University, Faculty of Languages, History and Geography, Department of Geography Vice-Chair Assoc. Prof. Dr. M. Murat Yüceşahin, students and academic personnel.
In her opening speech following the screening of EMU’s promotional film and a musical recital by the Education Faculty, Department of Fine Arts Education, Music Teaching Program academic staff, EMU-CWS Director and Conference President Assoc. Prof. Dr. Süheyla Üçışık Erbilen touched upon their founding purpose and activities. Indicating that they set off with the slogan “Zero Tolerance to All Types of Violence”, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Erbilen emphasized that 220 papers have been presented at their annual conference which is “Gender, Space, Place & Culture” themed this year.
European Women Rectors Association (EWORA) Honorary President and Former Istanbul Technical University Rector Prof. Dr. Gülsün Sağlamer delivered a talk entitled “The Role of Leadership in the Promotion of Gender Equality in Higher Education and Research”. This was followed by a talk from Ankara University, Faculty of Languages, History and Geography, Department of Geography Vice-Chair Assoc. Prof. Dr. M. Murat Yüceşahin entitled “Is It a Man’s World? Understanding Feminist Geographies”.
The papers presented at the conference will be published as a book by EMU shortly after the conference.