Representations of Syrian Refugees in the Turkish Media: A Critical Discourse Analysis
|Starts:||16:00 19 Oct 2017|
|Ends:||18:00 19 Oct 2017|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
This paper investigates the representation of Syrian asylum seekers in the Turkish press. The research sample includes news reports, columns and visuals published between 2011 and 2015 in five national newspapers with the highest circulation figures (“Hürriyet”, “Sabah”, “Posta”, “Sözcü”, “Zaman”). Analysis of news texts and columns is a widely observed aspect of research on press analysis, however, conducting a visual analysis on news photographs is usually overlooked. This study investigates news texts and news photographs together. The study shows that the coverage of Syrian asylum seekers has usually a positive or neutral content. However, the results also point out the ambivalence in the representations of asylum seekers. The representations of Syrian asylum seekers portray these individuals mostly as “poor” people “in need of help” as well as “threats” for social security. These frequently repeated representations and ambivalence show that the representation of Syrian asylum seekers in Turkish newspapers reproduces the stereotypical representation of asylum seekers as defined in international studies.
Dr. ?brahim EFE is currently working as an assistant professor at the Western Languages and Literatures department at Kilis 7 Aral?k Universitesi. He obtained his doctoral degree in 2012 from the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University. His current research focuses on the representations of Syrian refugees in the Turkish press. Recent publications include ‘The 2014 Local Elections: Reflections of the on the Kurdish Question’ in SETAV (with Ali Balci) and ‘Representations of the Ergenekon Case in Turkey, 2007–11: Today’s Zaman and Hürriyet Daily News’ in Middle East Critique (with Murat Yesiltas).
The event will be chaired by Prof. Tim Jacoby and will include a question and answer session on the situation of the Syrian Refugees in Turkey more generally.
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