Talim-Terbiye as the theme of the 6th issue of Kaos Q+ questions how queer bodies are trained and tamed. Journal waits contributions until April 1.
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Peer-reviewed academic journal KaosQ+’s next issue will focus on “Talim-Terbiye”. Issue’s editor is Prof. Dr. Barış Kılıçbay. Journal waits articles for its 6th issue until April 1. Call for paper and detailed description of the theme follows:
“The Turkish Word “terbiye”, having triple meaning used in gastronomy (sauced dishes or recipes with dressing), morality (a well-behaved/ civilized/ polite child) and in education in a broader context (discipline, training, cultivation…) has been one of the leading terms in humanities - and particularly in queer theory- with its full array of weighty and layered connotations. It is observed that as an object of investigation terbiye has been explored and discussed yet again with a variety of concepts such as education, formation, pedagogy, taming, bio-politics, Bildung, identity, discipline, heteronormativity, and wellness. Having thought of these terms, of course, it is almost inevitable to consider some other concepts such as nation, citizenship, body, power, childhood, disability, sexuality, perversity, normality, religion, militarism, capitalism, performance, and legality.
“The Board of Education (Talim ve Terbiye Kurulu) is composed of the words “talim” and “terbiye.” While the former means both ‘training’ and ‘instructing (precept)’, the latter means both education/ educating and smoothing/ taming. Since the establishment of the board in 1926, it has had the mission of forming the school education system in Turkey. This mission is summarized in the article 2/b of the board’s regulation as the following: “To determine what kind of human beings the national education system intends to create.”
“Taking this precise connotations map, Talim - terbiye as the theme of the 6th issue of Kaos Q+ questions how queer bodies are trained and tamed. While doing this, it reveals that heteronormativity is not only a decisive aspect of the education with capital “E” but rather articulated with everyday cultivating mechanisms. Besides, in this issue, it is examined that how “right” or “wrong” as pedagogical categories can be read in a queer manner and how non-heteronormal sexualities and bodies are disciplined by metanarratives such as nation, religion, economy, and law. And depending upon these, this issue invites many other questions associated with the ubiquity of terbiye by elaborating how heteronormality is also tamed by these discourses and how tamed subjectivities are shaped/reproduced/positioned by everyday practices, culture, entertainment and literature…”
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