DIS Collaborates with Danish Radio Station to Present a Symposium on Syria

In early 2014, the civil war in Syria entered its fourth year.

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To mark the anniversary of this humanitarian catastrophe of violence, DIS in cooperation with Radio 24syv and the Social Democratic group, hosted a public symposium followed by a Q&A session at Copenhagen City Hall in hopes to continue spreading awareness about the conflict.

At the symposium, Syrian-Danish doctor and activist, Haifaa Awad, and Dutch-Turkish genocide scholar, Ugur Ümit Üngör of Utrecht University, talked vividly about their research and personal experiences in Syria to an engaged audience. Dr. Haifaa Awad’s presentation, ’Syria – a struggle for freedom drowning in blood,’ focused on the realities of working to aid victims of the Assad regime at a hospital in Syria while Mr. Ugur Ümit Üngör’s presentation, ‘Mass violence against civilians in Syria,’ aimed to explain the violence itself occurring in Syria.

The symposium was arranged by Augustus Griffin, Jakob Lindgaard, and Matthias Bjørnlund from DIS; Kristian Danholm from Radio 24syv; and Social Democratic councilman, Lars Aslan Rasmussen, who also moderated the event.

Jakob Lindgaard teaches the Sociology program core course at DIS, Cultural Diversity and Social Capital as well as the elective course Muslims in the West at DIS. Matthias Bjørnlund teaches the elective course Conspiracy Theories and Historical Controversies, as well as the course The Enemy Within: Spies, Espionage, and the Cold War both in the summer and the semester.

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