Outreach & Pedagogy Events

Earthquake in Turkey and Syria: Post-disaster state, international and bottom-up responses

Date: Thursday, 23 March 2023

Time: 18:00 (GMT)

Location: Online via Zoom (registration required)

Earthquake in Turkey and Syria: Post-disaster state, international and bottom-up responses

About this event

This panel examines reactions to the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria by the Turkish and Syrian states, the international community, and the population with the goal of shedding light on the workings of hybrid sovereignties, borders, and solidarity, and the impact of liminality on everyday life. The trans-border nature of this disaster, indeed, also speaks to the question of human movement between Turkey and Syria, political violence, and responses to it. In particular, the panellists will tackle issues related to post-disaster state responses and humanitarian intervention led by transnational actors in conflict areas; social media engagement, both bottom-up (with the goal of creating forms of solidarity, including the circulation of information) and by the state (for censoring it); and the effectiveness and lessons learned when participating in grassroots efforts aimed at disaster relief.


  • Rana Khoury (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Rana B. Khoury is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University. She received her Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University, M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University, and B.A. in political science from American University. Rana’s research interests include contention, displacement, and humanitarianism in the Middle East, as well as qualitative and multi-method research designs.

Ozge recently joined the Department of Sociological Studies as a lecturer in digital media and society. Ozge’s research interests lie in two key areas. First, Ozge studies media activism and participation, where she investigates political voice and mobilisation and intersectional approaches to urban and digital citizenship. Second, her research covers the interrelated areas of far-right digital publics, the visibility and spread of online conspiracy theories, and social media use during conflicts and crises.

  • Devrim Umut Aslan (Lund University and BOYUT, Bogazici University International Community)

Devrim Umut Aslan, PhD., works as a teaching staff at Lund University, at the departments of services studies and cultural studies. He completed his PhD and master’s studies at Lund University in Sweden, and earned his bachelor degree from the Department of Sociology at Bogazici University in Turkey. His research evolves around the themes of sociology, anthropology, and geography of consumption, in particular shopping, however, in this webinar he will provide his insight from his volunteer work as a fundraiser for university students in Turkey directedly affected by the earthquakes.

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