17 January 2019

Ugur Üngör on the Syria Oral History Project in online magazine Foreign Policy

Devastation in conflict areas. Source: Niod.nl
Devastation in conflict areas. Source: Niod.nl

On 27 December online magazine Foreign Policy published an article in which Dr Ugur Üngör (Political History) tells about the Syria Oral History Project, of which he is the coordinator. 

Dr. Ugur Ümit Üngör. Foto Jussi Puikkonen/KNAW
Dr. Ugur Ümit Üngör. Foto Jussi Puikkonen/KNAW

At the beginning of 2018 the Syria Oral History Project was launched, a research project that will document and investigate the experiences of Syrians with mass violence and the dynamics of the violent conflict in Syria. This will be done through eyewitness accounts and narratives of mass violence in Syria since 2011. Foreign Policy interviewed Üngör about the project on their website. 

broad contextual documentation  

In the article 'We Can't Save Syrians Anymore, But We Can Save the Truth' it is argued that this kind of broad contextual documentation is desperately needed for both historical research and social processing of the collective trauma of the civil war in Syria. 

institutions for open societies

Ugur Üngör is a historian, and also connected to Institutions for Open Societies - an interdisciplinary research area of Utrecht University focused on the development and expansion of healthy open societies everywhere.