Welcome to the first Event Report of the Centre for British-Turkish Understanding. This report provides a summary of the proceedings from the second in a series of webinars held under lockdown due to Covid’19.
Held on 18 June 2020, the webinar focused on the pressing themes of Emerging European Right-wing Narratives and the Refugee Crisis in the “COVID-19 Era”. The webinar was both timely and needed as we continue to witness worrying racial tensions in the US with international ramifications. In an attempt to serve nationalist agenda, right-wing extremists are deliberately stoking fear and hostility towards migrants and refugees by painting them as carriers of the Coronavirus.
The panel for this webinar included academics and experts from different backgrounds, who were able to dissect some of the aforementioned issues and present analysis and insights from a variety if contexts and perspectives. The speakers were: Akif Çağatay Kılıç, Turkish Head of Delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and a Member of Parliament for Istanbul; Dr Sarah Marusek, Research Fellow at Leeds University (UK), a Research Associate at Johannesburg University, South Africa and an author; and Dr Chris Allen, Associate Professor of Hate Studies at the University of Leicester and author of several books on Islamophobia.
The webinar was moderated by Jonathan Fryer, member of the Board of Advisors for CBTU and a writer and broadcaster.
The webinar generated a good discussion and an array of viewpoints were exchanged between speakers and participants.
We are delighted to be able to present a summary of some of the presentations from this webinar.
Dr Abdullah Faliq