9th Conference European Sociological Association

RS03 East and West in Europe

2009-09-04 13:30:00 2009-09-04 15:00:00 Friday, 4 September 13:30 - 15:00 Values Building I, 1E4

On the representation of "others" at Europe´s borders: the case of Iraqi Kurds

In my paper, I will examine the representation of Iraqi Kurds in the Turkish media. Based on an examination of 350 news articles from Hürriyet, one of the most widely read and influential newspapers in Turkey, the paper will argue that Iraqi Kurds are consistently presented using Orientalist tropes, images, themes and messages. The paper aims to draw attention to the media representation and stigmatization of subjugated groups on the borders of Europe, focusing on how Europe´s "others" also construct Orientalist notions of superiority and inferiority when engaging with their "East".