What are the gendered ways that Syrians experience migration?: Syrian refugees in Izmir, Turkey


Marshall Building, Room 490
845 N Park Ave.
85719 Tucson , AZ


Fri, 09/06/2019 - 3:00pm to Tue, 05/24/2022 - 6:14pm


Part of the Fall 2019 Middle Eastern and North African Studies Colloquium Series 

Mija Sanders, PhD Candidate, School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, University of Arizona 

In this talk I will discuss my ethnographic research with Syrian women in Izmir through the question “what are the gendered ways that Syrians experience migration?” This presentation will focus on the ways in which Syrians understand their experiences and make connections between the challenges they face in everyday life (in medical contexts, in Turkish neighborhoods, and under the governance of Turkish policies). With attention to Syrian women’s experiences of birthing in public hospitals, I analyze narratives of medicalized violence as well as public sphere anti-natalist discourses, and situate Syrian experiences. My data show the impacts of AKP refugee governance policies and how they are experienced and perceived by Syrians living in Izmir in 2017-2018.



Mija Sanders is a current PhD student in the School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies at the University of Arizona. Her 2017-2018 Fulbright-Hays funded project focused on Syrian refugees and structures of governance in Izmir, Turkey. She earned her M.A. in Near Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona in 2012. She earned her B.A. from Portland State University in International Studies focused on the Middle East, with a Minor in Turkish language, and a Turkish Studies Certificate.