Pinar Dokumaci

Pinar Dokumaci

Peacock Post-Doctoral Fellow


PhD, University of Toronto (Political Science); MA, Bogazici University (European Studies); BA, Koc University

Political Studies

International Relations, Economics

Arts and Science

Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room B310

Research Interests

Feminist theory, democratic theory, comparative political theory, politics of relationality, identity politics, secularism and Islam, women’s movements in the Middle East, feminist critiques of civil society, radical political disagreement,


Pınar completed her PhD at the Department of Political Science, University of Toronto, where she specialized in Political Theory and Comparative Politics. Prior to joining Queen’s University as the Peacock Post-Doctoral Fellow, she held another postdoctoral position in the Leverhulme-Trust-funded project Rethinking Civil Society: History, Theory, Critique at the Department of Politics, University of York (UK), where she examined Western and non-Western feminist critiques of the civil society.

Pınar’s research spans multiple disciplines (most notably politics, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, religion, and law) and closely interweaves comparative political theory with ethnographic empirical research. Her main interest targets the dynamics of feminist solidarity and disagreement between women’s rights groups in deep-rooted politico-religious conflict and how these groups interact with each other in the civil society. In doing so, Pınar examines identity-building aspect of feminist activism in the civil society from the standpoints of both self and other. In her theoretical research, she aims to bring together postcolonial and post-structuralist theories of feminist subjectivity and deliberative democracy from an alternative relational psychoanalytic approach. In her dissertation, entitled “Thinking Beyond the Secular-Pious Divide: A relational Study within and in-between Secular Feminists and Pious Feminists in Turkey,” Pınar focused on the alternative vocabularies of the disagreement between secular/Kemalist feminists and Islamic/pious women’s civil society groups in the women’s rights movement in Turkey. Currently, Pınar is working on her book project and building the theoretical framework of her next project, which aims to offer a more comprehensive relational model of autonomy and solidarity that can be shared between different Western liberal/ secular and Islamic/ pious women’s groups.

Recent Publications

“Toward Relational Autonomy? Common Models of Pious Women’s Agency and Pious Feminist Autonomy in Turkey.” Hypatia, 2020, Vol. 35, Issue 2.

“Beyond the Secular, the Sacred, and the State: Can the Women’s Rights Movement in Turkey Transform the Relationship between Secular Feminists and Pious Feminists?” [Forthcoming]

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