December 18, 2019 - 12:00 pm



Koc University Rumelifeneri Campus, Faculty of Social Sciences Building, SOS143   View map

MiReKoc Seminar Series of Fall 2019 continues with Şeyma Önder’s presentation on ‘An Investigation of Relationship Between Xenophobia and Emotional Distance with Perception of Multiculturalism’. The presentation and discussion will take place on Wednesday, December 18th, 2019, at 12:00, in SOS143. Registration is required for participants not affiliated with Koç University.

Title: An Investigation of Relationship Between Xenophobia and Emotional Distance with Perception of Multiculturalism

Abstract: In difficult geopolitical circumstances terrorism, ethnic conflicts, extremism, and outbreaks of xenophobia (hatred of people from other countries or strangers) characterize the development of society. Intensifying migration processes indicates a growing number of refugees forced to move because of the conflicts. Multiculturalism is one of the significant results of the processes. For the states and societies, the practical significances of this study are economical, social, cultural and psychological perspectives of the population. The study aims to investigate the relationship between “the emotional distance towards the other” and “perception of multiculturalism” with “xenophobia (for Syrian refugees)”. By this way, results will enable us to understand “how do racism and discrimination emerge in local contexts in the ‘Global South’?”. The hope of the study is providing possible advice for future actions in the field related to Turkish and international educational (integration), political (migration policy) community, nongovernmental organizations, and international organizations. This is on-going research and Both paper-based and online survey will be used for the analysis. The sample will consist of 800 participants from different cities in Turkey.

Short-bio: Şeyma Önder is working as a babysitter (refugee children) with IOM (International Organization for Migration) United Nations Migration in Istanbul. (Working with refugee children. Cognitive and social skills activities. Psychological observation of children. English Turkish translation for pre-departure cultural training. Working with Germany, Finland, Canada, and France.) She is awarded the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Koç University and Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Üsküdar University.  She has done clinical psychology internship at Cognitive Ability Social Responsibility Project with Muzaffer Akpinar Education and Social Welfare Foundation, NP Istanbul Brain Hospital, and The Student Psychological Counselling Centre (Uskudar University). She has done psychology of migration internship at Necip Fazil State Hospital, Kahramanmaras, (Observation of Syrian refugees at the outpatient clinics and information desk. Had interview with Syrian staff of the hospital.  Observed perception of multiculturalism. Visited the Tent City.) She works voluntarily at Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Research Group (Conducting cultural adaptation, validity and reliability research for questionnaires. Translation of scientific articles, English and Turkish. Writing literature review and APA style report. Analysis of raw data.)