ASULIS Discourse, Dialogue, Democracy Laboratory works under the Hrant Dink Foundation toward the aim of fostering the culture and language of dialogue, peace and empathy in Turkey and the world, which constitutes the basis of all activities of the Foundation, and for a world where all kinds of differences such as religion, language, race, sexual identity, age and life style are respected and can coexist.


Through the discourse oriented activities it will carry out in fields of media, conceptual studies, education, politics and law, the ASULIS Discourse, Dialogue, Democracy Laboratory aims to contribute to strengthening democratic values, human rights and the struggle against discrimination. Collaborating with institutions and organizations with similar objectives such as universities, foundations, associations, civil society organizations in Turkey and abroad, the Laboratory aims to conduct the following activities:

- Contribute to the development of new monitoring, research and archiving methods in field of discourse studies;

- Contribute to strengthening respect for different identities and forms of expression, and increasing social awareness on discrimination;

- Support the expansion and strengthening of rights based projects and studies against discrimination in civil society;

- Starting at the level of discourse, to strive against discrimination based on sexual identity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, ethnic origin, race, political view, age, life style and speciesism in every field;

- Become a platform, and reference and resource center of intercultural and interdisciplinary discourse studies of high quality to be conducted in fields of discrimination, human rights and democratization open to civil society organizations, activists, educators, teachers, students, academicians, media workers, jurists, independent researchers, artists and all interested groups and individuals.

Towards these goals, the ASULIS will employ various working methods such as monitoring and reporting; developing and conducting research projects; preparing publications; establishing a library and an archive; supporting persons and institutions doing academic and independent research; organizing seminars, workshops, panels and conferences; and creating counter-discourse and visual materials for awareness raising.