May 18, 2017 - 12:00 pm



Koç University Rumelifeneri Campus, SOS143   View map

Visual representations of Syrian asylum seekers in Turkish press, Müzeyyen Pandır (Işık University)


Visual representations of Syrian asylum seekers in Turkish press

This talk is to share the findings of the newly completed TÜBİTAK research project about the representation of Syrian asylum seekers in Turkish press. The data set comprises all news and photographs published between 2011 and 2015 in five national newspapers with the highest circulation figures (Hürriyet, Posta, Sabah, Sözcü, Zaman). Specifically focusing on visual representations, the talk examines the themes and meanings in the photographs of Syrian asylum seekers and offers a commentary on their possible effects for the people they represent.


Müzeyyen Pandır is an Assistant Professor in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at Işık University. She completed her PhD in Sociology at Lancaster University (UK), MA degree in Communication, Culture and Media at Coventry University (UK) and BA degree in Journalism at Marmara University. She is teaching in sociology and cultural studies, and researching within the areas of identity and difference, social theory, visual culture, and Orientalism.