PSYC Seminar: “Group-Based Experience in the Context of Social Inequality: Discrimination & Social Change,” Mukadder Okuyan (Clark University), C-Block Auditorium, 12:40PM February 6 (EN)

Dear Colleagues and Students,

You are cordially invited to a seminar titled ‘Group-Based Experience in the Context of Social Inequality: Discrimination & Social Change’ by Mukadder Okuyan from Clark University.

Date: Feb 6, 2020 (Thursday); 12:40-13:30
Time: 12:40-13:30
Place: FEASS; C-block Amphitheater

Group-Based Experience in the Context of Social Inequality: Discrimination & Social Change

In this talk, I will present findings from my research program examining issues of discrimination/disadvantage and social change. In these studies, I emphasize the importance of considering status differences between groups in understanding individuals’ experiences and responses to social change. Social psychological approach can help us situate the psychology of individuals within the workings of society while paying due attention to individual perspectives and orientations. I will discuss key themes that address this interaction in different contexts such as the experiences of Muslim women in Turkey and African American women in the U.S., as well as reactions to social change in the U.K., the U.S., Germany and Turkey. Zooming in to the nuances of individual experience and zooming out to address general patterns of group-based experience, I will conclude with the importance of using multiple methodologies in answering distinct research questions.

Mukadder Okuyan received her BS in Psychology and MS in Social Psychology from Middle East Technical University. As a Fulbright holder, she completed an MA degree in Psychology at the New School for Social Research. She is a Doctoral Candidate in Social Psychology at Clark University, examining topics related to intergroup relations, discrimination perceptions, and social change. Her dissertation explores the sources of perceived discrimination among dominant group members in the U.S. Mukadder is currently in Germany examining perceived grievances of societal majorities there, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).