A talk by Prof. Dr. Tahire Erman (Bilkent University, Ankara): The Little Aleppo in Ankara: Poverty, Crime and Conflict in a Slum Neighborhood

22 May 2019

12:30-14:00, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Campus Etterbeek, Room: 4C306
A talk by Prof. Dr. Tahire Erman (Bilkent University, Ankara): The Little Aleppo in Ankara: Poverty, Crime and Conflict in a Slum Neighborhood

This presentation addresses the question of what challenges and opportunities are produced regarding crime in a slum neighborhood in Ankara as it is transformed into the ‘little Aleppo’ by the Syrians moving in large numbers into the locality since 2012. Tahire Erman's argument is based on three premises. First, when Syrians with traumatic experiences come to this neighborhood of poverty, crime and illegality, it creates the conditions for violence in everyday life. Secondly, the presence of Syrians renting old deteriorated houses and opening their stores works in positive ways as the neighborhood is transformed from a territory under the control of criminals to a lively place. And thirdly, the presence of Syrians in the neighborhood brings new challenges, such as violent confrontations of the youth, sexual threats, the increase in break-ins and theft, and the conflict over the aid distributed to Syrian residents by numerous NGOs including Islamic charity groups.

Tahire Erman is professor in the Department of Political Science at Bilkent University, Ankara. Her research interests include urban studies; migration/mobility, and gender issues.

This talk is organised by the research group Crime & Society (CRIS) Chaired by dr. Lior Volinz
Discussant: Prof. dr. Lucas Melgaço

Free entrance, no registration required.