Prof. Nazife Güngör is now on 12Punto with her new articles...


Üsküdar University Rector Prof. Nazife Güngör is now writing articles on 12Punto... Güngör, who has reached a wide audience with her articles and is followed with great interest, will now write articles for 12punto, which meets the readers with its impartial, independent and principled slogan.

The first article of Prof. Güngör, who draws attention to issues in the fields of education, art, culture and society and has trained many names in the field of communication, has been published. In her article titled "A woman's struggle for freedom", Güngör discusses art, artists and women through Celile, the mother of the great poet Nazım Hikmet.

Here is Güngör's article...

"It is a one-women play Celile"

With her fascinating stage performance, Ayşegül Yalçıner makes you deeply feel Celile Hikmet's fight with life. Such a strong woman who sacrificed her whole life for the liberation of the emotional world could only be represented by such a successful artist.

Celile, the mother of the great poet Nazim Hikmet. A woman who impresses those around her not only with her beauty, but also with her intellectual side and artistic ability. She is born into a wealthy family, brought up with care, and goes to a wealthy family as a bride.

Celile has a very magnificent life according to the conditions of the period in which she lived. As you know, she was in the lap of luxury. A wealthy, powerful and charismatic husband, three beautiful children, maids, governesses, a European lifestyle and so on. What more could a woman want? Celile was carefully raised. She receives a good literary education, foreign language, but most importantly, an advanced art education.

One day, Celile Hikmet will become one of Türkiye's internationally renowned painters. However, what was Celile's problem when ahe was surrounded by so much wealth and comfort? Why do you think she filled her whole life with sadness and tears?

Why the sadness when there is peace of a comfortable life? I do not know about you, but I think art is the main responsible for all this. The essence of art is rebellion. Art has no tolerance for the status quo. Art does not like comfort either. Art is an energy of production that comes from within human beings in every situation and under all conditions. Instead of enjoying life by taking advantage of the blessings of the world she lives in, the artist produces art with the dream of reaching more humane worlds beyond the world she lives in. Therefore, art is the apparatus of human’s struggle for humanity, and the artist is the actor who is the user of this tool.

The artist's own expressions and cries are actually for all humanity. It is precisely for this reason that Celile’s cries still tear our hearts out today, and their tears wet our cheeks. We want to get angry with Yahya Kemal for letting down his love, but we return to the story of the woman who buried her love in her heart and continued her struggle for life, saying that he was a great poet, and he must have known something. Celile's is not a simple wave of love, it is a struggle that goes far beyond that. The artist questions life and human beings in all its aspects with the questioning and critical perspective that her personality brings her, and makes a choice with the belief that the necessity of being human is to live differently.

To accept and move on, or to oppose and fight. At this point, Celile makes her choice to oppose and fight. Although the result was not what she expected and wanted, she does not regret her choice at all. At the point of giving up and returning, she says continue the struggle and freedom. Celile's struggle for freedom may seem meaningless to some. They may wonder why a person, especially a woman, would embark on a difficult adventure when she has such a relaxed and comfortable life. The same question can be asked of Nazım Hikmet. In the midst of so much wealth and comfort, what happened that he embarked on such a difficult adventure and sacrificed his whole life? Not only them, but countless artists and thinkers in human history have sacrificed their lives for a more humane world. Otherwise, we would not have reached the level we are today as humanity. However, it is not enough, and we still have a long way to go.

We live in a world we call civilization; however, blood is everywhere. Brutal mass killings continue. While a small minority at the head of the water dares to leave the rest of the world without water and bread, the masses accept this situation as fate. However, every person born into life has the right to live humanely. Every human being has the right to build a life for themselves in the way they want to. No human being has to be confined to someone else's living space, to live the life that someone else wants. In order to emphasize this fact about human beings, I referred to the life story of Celile Hikmet. In order to draw attention to the role of art in the struggle for a humane life, I touched on the freedom struggle of an art person. A more humane world is possible through art, not war. The destruction of the masses by war does not heal the world. In the short term, maybe someone will benefit from this.

Those who want to accumulate capital through the arms trade and play power games through mass extermination may be satisfied in the short term, but it is becoming increasingly impossible to maintain a decent life in a world polluted with blood. Why all this hatred and massacre when it is possible to educate the masses instead of destroying them, to feed them with art, to provide them with humane life opportunities and to live together as human beings? To listen to the cries of Celile, the verses of Nazim, the call of Socrates from millennia ago and to want a more humane world… Why not?


Prof. Nazife Güngör graduated from Ankara University School of Press and Broadcasting. She completed her master's and doctorate studies at Ankara University, Institute of Social Sciences. She started her academic life in 1991 as a Research Assistant at Gazi University Faculty of Communication. In the 2000-2001 academic year, she was a visiting scholar at the University of Manchester in England with a scholarship from the Turkish Academy of Sciences. Between 2004 and 2008, she worked as a Press and Public Relations Consultant at the Rectorate of Gazi University.

Between 2007 and 2010, Güngör also served as the Head of the Department of Journalism at the Faculty of Communication, and after retiring from her position as an instructor at Gazi University in September 2011, she worked as a full-time faculty member and dean at the Faculty of Communication at İstanbul Arel University for a while.

Nazife Güngör, who still continues her academic activities within the Faculty of Communication at Üsküdar University, served as the Dean of the Faculty of Communication between 2015-2023. As of 2023, she was appointed as the Rector of Üsküdar University. She has various papers and articles in the field of communication as follows: Popular Culture and Power (Vadi, 1999), Arabesque (Bilgi Yayınları, 1993), Abdülcanbaz (Cumhuriyet Kitapları, 2008), Language, Culture, Education from the Republican Period to the Present (Gazi University, 2006), Scientific and Philosophical Foundations of Kemalist Thought (Gazi University, 2006), Children and Society (Çeviren, Gündoğan, 1995), Media, Communication, Culture (Çeviren, Vadi, 2001), Gazi University Student Profile (Gazi University, 2007), Communication in the Republican Period (Siyasal Kitabevi, 2010) Communication, Theories and Approaches (First Edition, Siyasal Kitabevi, 2011), Introduction to Communication (First Edition, Politik Bookstore, 2011), Introduction to Communication (expanded 2nd Edition), (Siyasal Kitabevi, 2013), Communication Theories and Approaches (expanded 2nd Edition), (Siyasal Kitabevi, 2013), Copyrights, Compilation and Translation Books.



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