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Wednesday, 19th February 2020, 10:15 am - 2:30 pm

Salisbury Branch: ‘Syria: The Making of a Refuge State’ Professor Dawn Chatty, FBA PhD

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Dawn Chatty is an American social anthropologist and academic, who specialises in the Middle East, nomadic pastoral tribes, and refugees. From 2010 to 2015, she was Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and Forced Migration at the University of Oxford. Her book ‘Syria: The Making and Unmaking of a Refuge State’ was published by Hurst & Co in 2018.

The mass influx of peoples into Syria over the last 150 years, including Circassians, Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews, Armenian, Albanians, Kosovars, created a modern nation of great cultural hybridity. Until recently this was the source of its openness to contemporary waves of forced migrants including Palestinians, Lebanese, and Iraqis. Now, with the tables turned, nearly 50 per cent of Syrians have sought refuge and sanctuary among its neighbouring states. This lecture examines the history of Syria – Bilad-al-Sham – in the late Ottoman Empire and since World War One as it welcomed refugees and other uprooted peoples from across the region.

Cheques payable to ‘English-Speaking Union’ should be sent at least 7 days in advance to:

Mrs Louise Jeffreys, Greenrock, Francis Way, Salisbury SP2 8EF

Further details:; 01722 336118


Wednesday, 19th February 2020
10:15 am - 2:30 pm
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Salisbury and Wiltshire branch
01722 325552

Ticket Prices

Member Ticket price
Lunch & Talk £18; Talk only £10 – Talk FREE for first-time visitors
Non-Member Ticket price


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Salisbury, SP1 2SD
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