Prof. Dr. Gökce Yurdakul

Head of the Department "Foundations of Migration and Integration Research"; Professor for Diversity and Social Conflict at the Humboldt University of Berlin

Academic Career

1991‐1995: Sociology at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey
1995-1998: Gender und Women's Studies, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
1999‐2006: PhD, University Toronto
2007‐2008: Trinity College Dublin
2006‐2007: Brock University


Seit 2009: Georg Simmel Professorin für Diversity and Social Conflict, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
2008‐2009: Post-Doc Fellowship Freie Universität Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies

Core academic subjects

Immigration- and citizenship regimes in comparison (Western Europe and North America), critical race theory, ethnic and religious forms of belonging in immigration countries, gender studies and intersectionality

Current Funded Research

DFG Initiation of a International Cooperation Between Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, University of California Los Angeles Sciences Po Paris und Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin: Migration, Citizenship and Transnational Politics: Comparative Perspectives of Western Europe and North America (2013, with Marc Helbling, WZB)

This is an ongoing network between HU, WZB, UCLA and Sciences Po, Paris. The intended scientific benefit of these meetings is to encourage research on a broad range of international topics on migration, citizenship and transnationalism. We plan to  bridge an informal divide between research and writing on migration, citizenship and transnationalism in Europe with parallel literatures in North America (in particular the United States; generate a dialogue between migration, ethnicity and urban inequality, on one hand, and citizenship and transnationalism on the other hand; question writings and research on migration, stratification and gender issues on both sides of the Atlantic. In this purpose, we meet once a year with graduate students and scholarly support their dissertation projects. The meeting in 2014 will take place in Sciences Po, Paris.


Shai Lavi, Tel Aviv University, Faculty of Law, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics Gökce Yurdakul, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Berlin Institute of Migration and Integration Research This research is concerned with how conflicts between religion and secularity (i.e., secular and religious discourses, norms, actors, and institutions) are shaped differently in differing socio-legal contexts in the Middle East and Europe. Specifically, we will examine the way religion and secularity shape disputes and are shaped by disputes over “body politics,” that is, the laws governing what is permissible to do to the body and who has the authority to decide. Our study focuses on Germany, Israel, and Turkey. All three countries are allegedly secular states with monotheistic religious traditions, but each has its own understanding of the relationship between secularity, religion, and state law. Specifically, we will focus on current legal controversies that have erupted around the practice of male circumcision, posthumous organ donation, and abortion in Israel, Germany, and Turkey.

Completed Research Projects

„Jews and Turks in Germany: Immigrant Integration, Political Representation and Minority Rights” (2007 – 2010, Social Sciences and Humanities Faculty Grant, Canada (SSHRC)

In order to understand the process of immigrant integration, while necessary, it is not sufficient to analyze macro structures, such as the political structure of the receiving country and majority-minority relations. It is also extremely useful to explore the kinds of strategies immigrants create in order to incorporate into the new country’s mainstream society, especially with respect to their use of minority groups already established in that country. In this theoretical framework, this project explores the relations between Jews and Turks in Germany.

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, UNRISD: Religion, Culture and the Politicization of Honor‐Related Violence: A Critical Analysis of Media and Policy Debates in Western Europe and North America” (2009 – 2010, with Anna Korteweg, University of Toronto) Available online

With the settlement of large groups of immigrants in Western Europe and North-America, “honour killing” and “honour-related violence” are increasingly framed as social problems for immigrant receiving states. In this paper, we analyse how media, parliaments, and NGOs conceptualize honour killing and honour-related violence in four states with relatively large immigrant streams from predominantly Muslim countries: the Netherlands, Germany, Britain, and Canada. Our analysis of how in media, formal political, and NGO domains understand the problem of this particular form of violence against women.

Prof. Dr. Gökce Yurdakul


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