Gendering public diplomacy: Turkey and Europe in the 1930s

Rumelili, Bahar and Aydın Düzgit, Senem and Gülmez, Seçkin Barış (2023) Gendering public diplomacy: Turkey and Europe in the 1930s. Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, 25 (2). pp. 239-256. ISSN 1944-8953 (Print) 1944-8961 (Online)

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This article scrutinizes the role of women’s rights and women actors in Turkey’s public diplomacy strategy in the 1930s and discusses whether and if so how it managed to change the long-standing European prejudices against Turkey. Accordingly, first, the article discusses the early reforms of the Turkish Republic and their European reception. Then, relying on critical discourse analysis, it examines two prominent cases; namely, Keriman Halis’ victory in the ‘Miss Universe’ beauty contest in 1932 and the organization of the 12th Congress of the International Alliance of Women in Istanbul in 1935, comparatively to observe how they resonated in Europe. The article will conclude by assessing whether the changing status of women in Turkish society has played a role in shifting the European perceptions of the newly established Turkish Republic.
Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Senem Aydın Düzgit
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2023 14:39
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2023 14:39

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