Burcu Yaman received her BA degree from the Faculty of Communication at İzmir University of Economics (IUE) in 2010 with an honors degree; she was the holder of a full-fee-paying scholarship throughout her BA studies. She also has a double major degree from the International Relations and EU Department, Izmir University of Economics. After the completion of her BA degrees, she got accepted to the Media and Communication Studies MA program at the same university, again, as the holder of a full-fee-paying scholarship. Throughout her MA studies she has also worked as a full time Research Assistant at the Faculty of Communication at IUE. She completed her MA studies in 2013 with her thesis which focuses on reality crime show genre. Currently, she is a PhD candidate in the Institute for Media and Communication Studies, Free University Berlin under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Carola Richter. Her research interests include sociology of media, television studies and new media.
Thesis: The Syrian Refugee Crisis and Turkish Media
Syrian civil war, which broke out in 2011, has enhanced a great flow of refugees through neighbour countries and Europe since its beginning. The dramatically increasing number of displaced people, today reaching to more than 6 million, has been created one of the most serious refugee crisis of last decades. Turkey is one of these countries as the one that host the highest number of Syrian refugees, almost 4 million people and it has been one of the most significant agenda of Turkish media by covering its various aspects such as political, social, economic etc. The political changes on both national and international level as breaking points have also caused discursive shifts in media framing of the refugee crisis. This study, therefore, will attempt to reveal how the media framing of Syrian refugee crisis in Turkey has been shifting throughout the whole period in different levels with the influence of prominent political contexts. These changing patterns will also help to comprehend how Turkish government also adopted different policies and how these shifts have been discursively legitimized. This comprehensive approach will both provide an overall view of refugee crisis as a whole process, but also will help to gain a deeper focus on the most significant breakthroughs of this period.