Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Diversity and Social Conflict

Dr. Nil Mutluer

Dr. Nil Mutluer
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Phillip Schwarz Fellow for Scholars at Risk, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Dr. Nil Mutluer (PhD, Gender Studies, Central European University, Budapest) is the Einstein Foundation Senior Scholar in the Diversity and Social Conflict Department at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, where she was an interim professor of Public Law and Gender Studies in 2018. She has worked as a lecturer at different universities in Istanbul,  as well as at Getronogan Armenian High School in Istanbul, where she taught a course on Human Rights and Democracy. She was the Head of the Sociology Department at Nişantaşı University. She has been awarded Philipp Schwartz Research Fellowship of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2016. She is active members of the (Helsinki) Citizens Assembly ((h)CA-(h)Yd), SODA (Social Solidarity Network), Green Thought Association and P. E. N. Turkey.  She is the consultant of the 46th Antalya Golden Orange Award (Altın Portakal Ödülleri) winning documentary called “Me and Nuri Bala” (2009, directed by Melisa Önel) which is about the life story of the first feminist transvestite stand up artist of Turkey, Esmeray. She has published extensively in the areas of diversity (gender, ethnic and religious), nationalism, migration, memory studies and Turkish politics in various academic and non-academic journals and newspapers.


Teaching at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin:

Dr. Nil Mutluer regularly teaches "Modern Turkey" at the Humboldt University of Berlin through the German Turkish Masters Program in Social Sciences. She has offered senior level courses on Gender and Sexuality. 


Selected Recent Publications:

2019, Transnational Othering - Global Diversities: Media, Extremism and Free Expression  (ed.with Elisabeth Eide, Kristin Skare Orgeret), Nordicom, ISBN: 978918885183

2019, "Intersectionality of Gender, Sexuality and Religion: An analysis of  novelties and continuities in the case of Turkey during the AKP era", Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, Volume 19, Issue 1,

2019, "Exile and Plurality in Neoliberal Times: Turkey’s Academics for  Peace" (with Seçkin Sertdemir Özdemir and Esra Özyürek), Public Culture, Volume 31, Issue 2, May, ISSN 0899-2363.

2019, "Contested Authorities Over Life Politics: Abortion Debates in Germany, Turkey and Israel" (with Gökçe Yurdakul, Gala Rexer, Shvat Eilat) Working Paper at the Harvard University Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Research Cluster in Comparative Inequalities and Inclusion.

2018, "Diyanet's Role in Building the 'Yeni (New) Milli' in the AKP Era", European Journal of Turkish Studies, Issue 27,

2016, "The Looming Shadow of Violence and Loss: Alevi Responses to Persecution and Discrimination", Journal of Balkan and Near East Studies, February,

2016, "Kemalist Feminists in the Era of AK Party", Political Criticism against Turkey's AK Party, Ümit Cizre (ed.) Routledge, pg: 40-74.

2011, "Disposable Masculinities in Everyday Istanbul: Internally Displaced Men in Tarlabasi" in Culturing Manhood and Masculinities,  Murali Balaji &  Ronald Jackson (ed.), Urbana, Chicago, Springfield: University of Illinois Press, pg: 75-105.