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Women in Central Eurasia (I). Pre-Modern Period: Social Status and Social Expectations [English&Turkish] 
Funda Guven (Nazarbayev University)
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Funda Guven (Nazarbayev University)
Dávid Somfai (Nazarbayev University)
Gender Studies
308 (Floor 3)
Friday 7 June, -
Time zone: Asia/Almaty
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Status of women varied in pre-Modern Turkic societies depending on geography, life style and time period. Women maintained their autonomy and authority in their spheres within Turkic societies across different time frames. This panel focuses on the representation and roles of women in Turkic societies in different periods. Presenters will explore coinage, historical texts and genealogical records to shed light on the status of women in Gokturk, Altynorda and Kazakh Khanates. Women held influential positions, particularly leadership roles in their families and kinships in Turkic societies, depending on changing customs and traditions. Gokturk princesses assisted rulers -as acting rulers in the absence of the khans- in the khaganate. At the same time, they carried symbolic significance on representing the power and prestige of the ruling elite. Women preserved legacies and their positions in the material side of their family trees proving that Kazakh culture recognized maternal ancestry equally to the paternal ancestry in the geneological records. The cultural and symbolic significance of women’s lineages in Kazakh genealogies between the 15th and 19th centuries shows us inclusivity and gender equality in Kazakh society. Investigating images of elite women on the flipped side of the coins together with male rulers, the status of concubines and princesses in Gokturks and Altynorda periods in historical texts, and the position of women in genealogical lineages in the records during Kazakh Khanates, this panel aims to contribute to having a deeper understanding of gender dynamics in Turkic societies, addressing to scholars from gender studies to history and archeology of Turkic societies, to numismatics as well.

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Session 1 Friday 7 June, 2024, -