Urban as the Theatre of War: Autopsy of Cizre

Bekiroğlu S.

CONFERENCE OF THE EUROPEAN SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION, Athens, Greece, 29 August - 01 September 2017, pp.898

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Athens
  • Country: Greece
  • Page Numbers: pp.898
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Today, cities in the Middle East constitute a black hole. Through the destruction of the urban fabric, they absorb people, their daily lives, and their history. This study is an attempt to understand the urban with relation to destruction, war, and death of the city. Urban, in that sense, could be read as the theatre of war. The case of Cizre, a distinct of Şırnak Province of Turkey, after four main curfews in 2015 and 2016 will be analyzed with respect to this understanding of urban, mainly the urbicide literature. In other words, this analysis will be an attempt to perform an autopsy of Cizre. It is an autopsy because such an analysis after the destruction could only be called a search for the cause, the type of death, the instrument(s) used, and lastly guidance for the possible murderer. It will be an effort to examine the case of Cizre with reference to urbicide literature by using the reports, interviews, and news about Cizre. In that sense, this study has three main sections. The first part will deal with how we understand the concept of urban. After discussing the urbicide literature, I will conclude with the case of Cizre.