Herkunft: Turkey

Nazli Karabiyikoglu

born in 1986 in Ankara, studied Turkish language and literature at Boğaziçi Üniversitesi in Istanbul. The author and LGBTIQ* activist has published four story collections and one novel and co-founded the #MeToo movement in the Turkish publishing industry. Due to political and gender repression in her home country, she now

Burcu Karakaş

born in Istanbul in 1987, studied at the Boston and Marmara universities. She began her career as an investigative journalist in 2010 at the »Milliyet« newspaper. She now reports from Turkey for Deutsche Welle. Her main areas of interest are gender issues, migration, and freedom of expression. She also writes

Zeynep Aygen

was interested in monument protection, museums, and the preservation of historical buildings during her university studies. Her academic stations include the University of Bahrain, the Berlin Technical University, and the School of Environmental Design and Management at the University of Portsmouth. Aygen is currently a lecturer at the Mimar Sinan

Seyran Ateş

Seyran Ateš was born in Turkey in 1963. Her family moved to Berlin in 1969, where she studied law and started working as a lawyer in 1997. She was awarded the German Cross of Merit for her commitment, especially to women’s and immigrants’ rights. Owing to continued threats she gave

Seray Şahiner

Seray Şahiner, born in Bursa in 1984, grew up in Istanbul, where she studied journalism until 2007. Whilst a student she worked for the culture magazine »Hayvan« and was a member of the editorial staff of the literary magazine »Aylak«. She also co-published the fanzines »Kaygan Zemin« and »Kara Kutu«.

Selin Kavak

was born in Ankara and grew up in Istanbul. In 2008 she graduated with a degree in Theater Studies and Dramaturgy from the University of Istanbul. After some experience as an assistant director and actress at Istanbul theaters, she came to Germany in 2008 to study drama at the Alanus

Sema Kaygusuz

Sema Kaygusuz was born in 1972 in the Turkish coastal town Samsun. Her childhood was marked by frequent moves, as her father was often posted by the military to different towns in Anatolia. This granted the author glimpses into the diversity of landscape and culture in her home country at

Perihan Mağden

Perihan Mağden was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1960. After graduating from the city’s Robert College, where she already challenged the system, she studied Psychology at the Bosporus University. In 2006, the Turkish government filed charges against her for an article she published as a columnist a year earlier in

Oya Baydar

Oya Baydar was born in 1940 in Istanbul, Turkey. She went to Notre Dame de Sion, a French private school in Istanbul. Inspired by French writer Françoise Sagan, she published her first novel while still a student in school. She attended Istanbul University and graduated in 1964 with a degree

Özge Samanci

Özge Samanci was born in Izmir, Turkey. She started drawing comics at a young age and soon went on to publish comics for a weekly Turkish satirical magazine. After studying film and television at Istanbul Bilgi University, she travelled to the United States to earn a master’s degree in communication

Orhan Pamuk

Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul in 1952. He grew up in the Turkish capital and went to school at an English-speaking college. He studied architecture and then journalism at the University of Istanbul and started to work as a freelance writer. After publishing “Beyaz Kale” (1985; Eng. “The White

Oral Çalişlar

Oral Çalişlar was born in Tarsus in 1946. He studied political theory and was among the intellectual leaders of the movement of 68. In 1971 he was sentenced to prison for three years because of his political activities and in 1980 to four years. He has been a columnist for