About the Author

Pınar Gümüş

E-Mail: pinar.guemues@gcsc.uni-giessen.de

Pınar Gümüş has received her BA degree in Political Science and International Relations at Boğazici University and her MA degree in Cultural Studies at Sabancı University. In her MA thesis, she has studied the relationship between everyday life experience and on-stage performance focusing on an amateur youth theatre group as an ethnographic case study. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) at the Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen (Germany). Her doctoral project working title is “Youth in Protest: Cultural Practices, Politics and Being Young in Turkey.” She is also a researcher at Istanbul Bilgi University Youth Studies Unit. Her research interests are mainly in the fields of youth studies, social movements, civil society studies as well as gender and performance studies.

Contributions by Author: Pınar Gümüş

Emergency in Protest

Young People’s Politics in the Gezi Protests

The Gezi protests, which took place from May–June 2013 in Turkey, started peacefully with the occupation of Gezi Park in Taksim by ecological activists aiming to prevent the cutting down of the park’s trees for the construction of a shopping mall and an artillery barrack. The protests then spilled over into many parts of the country in a short span of time, with the concerns of the protesters broadening to include policies and discourses on issues such as women’s rights, family, education, and city gentrification. Quantitative data collected in Gezi Park shows […]