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Duke Arabic Halaqa: Undoing Forty Years of Public Lies: Fear, Mistrust and resentment in Resistance and Silence Among Syrian Teachers in Turkey

Ozen Guven
Friday, March 29, 2019
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Ozen Guven

The seven years of crisis in Syria (2011-present) drove millions of Syrians into the neighboring countries, including Turkey, where many schools have been opened for Syrians, yet little is known about the inner workings of their schooling. Although the notion of refugee education rests on an assumption that schools can be removed from politics, this study shows that the Syrian crisis, which started as a popular uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Asad, trickles across the border into the refugee schools in Turkey. Focusing on exiled Syrian teachers, the study examines resistance and silence in refugee schools as part of the broader struggle against the Syrian regime, searching the roots of teachers' resistance or resignation in their past experiences of teaching in regime-governed schools before the uprising.

Contact: Mbaye Lo