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