As part of our Social Justice Speakers Series, we are delighted to welcome Dr. Deniz Duruiz, Assistant Professor in the Dept of Sociology and Anthropology.
Title: “War, Racial Capitalism, and Kurdish Migrant Farmworkers in Turkey”
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Deniz Duruiz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University (Montreal). Her research has focused on Kurdish migrant farmworkers and Syrian refugees in Turkey and in France. Between 2009-2016, she conducted twenty months of combined ethnographic research both in the hometowns of the migrant workers in Bakur (Northern Kurdistan) and in twelve different rural worksites (farms, greenhouses, charcoal production, public landscaping) in western Turkey. She also worked as a volunteer coordinator of international medical NGOs at the Syrian border of Turkey during the mass exodus of Syrian refugees into Turkey in 2014 and 2015. Presently, she is working on her book manuscript, which examines how political violence and the racialization of Kurds and Syrians transformed the migrant labor regime in rural Turkey. She is also working on a comparative ethnographic research project that explores the refugee experience in France and Canada with a focus on labor.
Before coming to Concordia, Duruiz worked as a visiting fellow at McGill University (2021-2022) and a visiting professor at the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University (Winter 2022). She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program at Northwestern University (2018-2021). She is the creator and the host of the Keyman Podcast and the co-organizer of The Colloquium on Refugees, Migrants and Statelessness at Northwestern University. She has a PhD in anthropology from Columbia University and graduate degrees both in sociology and in anthropology.