Where do we go from here? Syrian Refugees in Turkey.

Our world has faced a stream of horrific images and stories from six years of atrocity in Syria. The war remains very real irrespective of our capacity to understand and care. The VTFF is hosting their annual panel discussion, this time, concerning the Syrian Tragedy. This theme was prompted by two powerful Turkish films that feature the experiences of Syrian Refugees in Turkey. “The Guest” will precede the panel and “More” will screen later at night.” The panel consists of distinguished experts from various universities. Stories must be told now. Films must be shown and conversations must be had about this heart-wrenching issue. Join us in the panel discussion between films on November 3 rd, 2018 at the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.

SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts / Saturday, Nov 3 2018, 1:45 PM

Free & Open to the public

Dr. Amal Ghazal
Director of the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies at SFU
Amal Ghazal holds a BA in History from the American University of Beirut, and an MA and PhD in History from the University of Alberta. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto before joining Dalhousie University in 2006 as a faculty member. She is now an Associate Professor of History at Simon Fraser University, a University Professor in Comparative Muslim Studies and the Director of the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies, which focuses on community engagement, in addition to academic programming. She specializes in the history of the modern Middle East.
Dr. Reşat Kasaba
Director of Henry M. Jackson School of international studies at the University of Washington. He is an expert in the history and politics of the Middle East.
Reşat Kasaba is Stnley D, Golub Chair and Professor of International Studies and Director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.

Kasaba’s main area of research has been the Ottoman Empire, Turkey and the Modern Middle East. He has written on economic history, state-society relations, migration, ethnicity and nationalism, and urban history. Most recently, he edited volume four of the Cambridge History of Modern Turkey and wrote A Moveable Empire: Ottoman Empire, Migrants, and Refugees. Kasaba has received grants from the Carnegie Corporation, Andrew Mellon Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and the National Science Foundation. In 1999, he was the recipient of the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

Reşat Kasaba was born in Turkey and completed his early education in that country. He received his B.S. in Economics and Statistics from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara (1977), and his Masters and Ph.D. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Binghamton, in 1979 and 1985 respectively.

Dr. Başak Kale
Associate Professor in International Relations from the Middle East Technical University and from UBC

Dr. Başak Kale is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara. She is also the coordinator of the Migration Research Program (METUMIR) of the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence Center for European Studies. She is currently a visiting faculty at the Institute of European Studies, UBC and the UBC Migration Research Excellence Cluster. In addition to her academic positions, she is an ethics expert working for the Ethics and Research Integrity Sector,European Commission. Outside academia she is the founding and governing body member of Turkey’s first migration research specialized NGO, IGAM. She is also a founding member of the Turkey’s Refugee Council (TRC). Dr. Kale’s research covers European integration, international migration, and recently focusing more on the Syrian refugee protection and responsibility sharing. She holds the following degrees: DPhil on the impact of EU law on EU enlargement (University of Oxford); PhD in International Relations focusing on international refugee regime (METU), MSc. in European Studies (LSE) and BSc. in Political Science and Public Administration (METU).

Dr. Onur Bakiner
Assistant Professor of Political Science at Seattle University
Onur Bakiner is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Seattle University. His research and teaching interests include transitional justice, human rights, and judicial politics, particularly in Latin America and the Middle East. His book Truth Commissions: Memory, Power, and Legitimacy (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016) has been awarded the Best Book Award by the Human Rights Section of the American Political Science Association. He has been awarded the Outstanding Scholarship Award by the College of Arts and Sciences at Seattle University. His articles have been published in the Journal of Law and Courts, the International Journal of Transitional Justice, Memory Studies, Turkish Studies, and Nationalities Papers.
Dr. Serbülent Turan
Public scholarship coordinator and lecturer in Political Science at the University of British Columbia
Nural Sümbültepe
MA in Education from Northern Arizona University
MEd in Social Studies from UBC

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