The MENA Prison Forum is pleased to host a discussion of the forthcoming book, “Syrian Gulag: Assad’s Prisons, 1970-2020” by Uğur Ümit Üngör and Jaber Baker. The session will entail a conversation with the authors and will be moderated by Anne-Marie McManus and Mina Ibrahim.
Time: Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 8 pm Beirut time.
Language: Presentations will be in Arabic and English with translations to both languages. The subsequent discussion will be both in Arabic and English.
Deadline for registration: Wednesday, December 8, 2021 by 11:59 Beirut time.
In 2011, Syrians rose up against the Assad regime, which met the protesters with ruthless violence. Hundreds of thousands of people were arrested, detained, and tortured in government centers. The relentless practice of imprisonment has had a profound impact on Syria and the Middle East. Imprisonment is a central, defining feature of modern Syrian history, but the strict secrecy and censorship that enveloped the Syrian Gulag have made research virtually impossible until now.
“Syrian Gulag: Assad’s Prisons, 1970-2020” draws on a wide range of sources, including interviews, reports, private collections, memoirs, illustrations, maps, photographs, oral histories, and data from social media. It has a broad scope of analysis and portrays victims and perpetrators in their interrelationships in what are undoubtedly some of the most horrific prisons in the world.
Uğur Ümit Üngör is Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Amsterdam and the NIOD Institute. He has published books and articles on various aspects of genocide, including the Armenian Genocide.
Jaber Baker is a researcher, documentary filmmaker, novelist, and human rights activist. Between 2002 and 2004 he was imprisoned in Saydnaya military prison in Syria.
Anne-Marie McManus is a comparative literary scholar of Arabic, English, and French literature in the 20th and 21st centuries. She currently oversees the ERC-funded project SYRASP at the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin.