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MENA Mondays. Graduate Student Colloquium. Speaker: Rana Khoury, Political Science

When: Monday, December 1, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CT

Where: University Hall, Hagstrum Room, 201, 1897 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: free

Contact: Lexy Gore   (847) 467-5309

Group: Middle East and North African Studies

Category: Lectures & Meetings


Comment: Arif Samet Camoglu, English

Title: Refugee Activists and the Struggle for Syria in Jordan

This talk is based on exploratory fieldwork I conducted in 2014 investigating how Syrian urban refugees make ends meet in Jordan. I found “refugee activists” assisting the community to this end, in addition to providing civil services inside Syria. Refugee activists describe themselves as “fighters” and “resisters” battling the Syrian regime through service-provision, not arms. That is, they are neither the refugee warriors nor the defenseless victims the literature might have led me to expect. Jordanian regime strategies, refugees’ social and political networks in southern Syria, and international organizations, all impact the development of refugee activism.

Rana B. Khoury is a Ph.D. student in political science at Northwestern University. She has an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University. Rana has received writing awards from the English Department at Northwestern and The Graduate School at Georgetown. Her book, "As Ohio Goes: Life in the Post-Recession Nation," is forthcoming from Kent State University Press in 2016. Other publications and information can be found at

Lunch served.

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