Syria: The Making & Unmaking of a Refuge State. A Conversation with Professor Dawn Chatty

On Tuesday 15 Mar 2022, and as part of Celebrating Syria Festival, we were honoured to welcome Professor Dawn Chatti to talk about Syria: The Making & Unmaking of a Refuge State. The lecture took place at the University of Manchester. During the lecture, Professor Chatti examined the history of Syria in the late Ottoman Empire and since World War One as it welcomed refugees from across the region, drawing conclusions regarding displaced Syrians' contemporary welcome in neighbouring states. The lecture and conversation afterwards were highly informative and thought provoking.

This event is part of the 5th Celebrating Syria: a Festival of Arts and Culture. For the full festival programme, please visit

Building on 4 years of success, culminating in an entirely virtual festival in December 2020, Rethink Rebuild Society persists with its creative mission, showcasing the talent and creativity of Syrian artists in the UK and presenting a truly bright image of Syria and its culture and heritage, an image that has long been neglected amidst the war and the refugee crisis.

The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Distance’, a title that is ‘inspired’ by social distancing measures imposed on us all as a result of the COVID-19, where isolation and distance became the norm and many people stayed away from loved ones. ‘Distance’ also sums up the experiences of many Syrian and non-Syrian people, forcibly displaced, exiled or refugees around the world as a result of injustice.