Organized by SU Gender and supported by the Sabanci University Arts and Social Sciences Faculty, the Dicle Koğacıoğlu Article Award is an article award created in the memory of our colleague and friend who we lost in 2009, Dicle Koğacıoğlu. From 2010 to date, the aim of the award has been to support gender-focused research on Turkey and to encourage young researchers. The award is open to graduate and doctoral students as well as those who have received their graduate degree within the past two years. The articles are evaluated anonymously by a selection committee from within the university. The awards are announced to the public through a conference and award ceremony that is organized every year in December.
Who was Dicle Koğacıoğlu?
Dicle Koğacıoğlu was born in 1972 in Izmir. After graduating from the Boğaziçi University Sociology Department, she continued her doctoral studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in the fields of sociology and women’s studies. From 1997-1998, she worked as a research assistant for the international project titled “Constitutional Law and The Modernization of Political Institutions in the Islamic Middle East.” In the same year she took part in the Human Right Watch project “Freedom of Expression in Turkey” as a consultant and translator. In 1999, she returned to Boğaziçi University and worked as an instructor in the Sociology department. She was then a coordinator at the İzmit Doğukışla Rehabilitation Center for a project by Women for Women’s Human Rights that was organized for children who were traumatized after the 1999 Marmara earthquake. In the same period, she acted as an editorial assistant for the book Women and Sexuality in the Muslim World. She continued her graduate research from 2002-2004 at Columbia University and Brown University’s Pembroke Women’s Studies Center. After beginning to work as an instructor for the Sabanci University Arts and Social Sciences faculty, Dicle Koğacıoğlu made important contributions to the development of the undergraduate and graduate Cultural Studies programs and gender-based projects.
At the same time, she led projects that were attentive to the deaths in the Tuzla shipyards, to the problems of the subcontractor system found in every domain of life, including the university, and to inequalities and injustices experienced in every area. Koğacıoğlu was an Amargi and Birbirimize Sahip Çıkıyoruz (We Are Looking After Each Other) activist, and was a steadfast volunteer for projects focused on caring for street animals.Dicle Koğacıoğlu’s doctoral thesis was a major contribution to the advancement of the sociology of law in Turkey and to the recognition of gender within that field. Titled “Law in Context: Citizenship and Reproductıon of Inequalıty in an Istanbul Courthouse,” it was the recipient of the Middle East Competition Award by the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies and the Middle East Awards (MEAwards) by the Population Council.
Her articles that underscore the decisive role of law and the state in honor killings continue to be widely used in both international academic studies and within Turkey. Dicle Koğacıoğlu, when she left us in the year 2009, was creating a space for research about access processes to justice, and at the same time she was investigating how the September 12, 1980 coup was perceived and understood by lawyers.