Life's Remains: Loss and Endurance in Post-Earthquake Turkey

Christopher Dole
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 5:30pm

Department of Anthropology
Main Quad - Building 50
Room 51A (Colloquium Room)


This talk examines long-term experiences of loss and recovery among survivors of a series of devastating earthquakes that struck western Turkey in 1999. It is particularly interested in exploring the question of what it means to “live on” in the wake of large-scale destruction.


Chris Dole is a medical anthropologist whose research interests include psychiatric and psychological anthropology, healing and care, theories of subjectivity, and secularism, citizenship, and Islam in Turkey. He completed his PhD at Case Western Reserve University and received postdoctoral training in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. He has conducted research addressing the politics of religious healing and secularism in Turkey and the psychological impact of counter-terrorism surveillance within Boston’s Arab Muslim communities. His publications include Healing Secular Life: Loss and Devotion in Modern Turkey (University of
Pennsylvania Press, 2012).