"Rights in Conflict" presentation: Syrian and Afghan refugees in Turkey: gender-sensitive resilience interventions and challenges to local integration
With Dr. Özgür Erdur-Baker, Professor of the Psychological Counseling and Guidance working at Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.
Turkey is now host to more than 3.5 million Syrian refugees in addition to its already existing refugee population. Fulbright Visiting Scholar and psychologist Özgür Erdur-Baker will explore both the needs of refugees and of locals, that is, those receiving them. Findings from ongoing research include refugees’ everyday experiences and their evolution over time. The concept of resilience will be critically evaluated with respect to gender differences as the data reveals that “what is good for refugee women” may not be “good for refugee men.” Specifically, while refugee women often flourish in public settings, they also often struggle at home. Erdur-Baker will also discuss the needs and struggles of locals who all of the sudden found themselves hosting about 3.5 million refugees given Turkey’s open door policies. The transforming nature of discriminatory attitudes in society and the issues of refugee receiving schools will be discussed.
Özgür Erdur-Baker is a Professor of the Psychological Counseling and Guidance working at Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. She has M.A. and Ph.D. degree in Counseling Psychology from University of Texas at Austin, USA. She has extensive teaching and research background in the disciplines of developmental, educational and counseling psychology. She is an author of numerous national and international journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings. Her main research interests are trauma/disaster psychology, gender and cultural issues in counseling, and school violence including cyber and traditional bullying. impacts of information and communication technologies on children and adolescents.
A light lunch will be served. RSVP for lunch at tinyurl.com/RefugeesTurkey
Co-sponsored by the Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology program in the BC Lynch School of Education and Human Development.
Monday, April 8 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Campion Hall, 139
Boston College, 2599 Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA