What can Syrians’ stories teach us about who they are and what they seek? Pearlman has interviewed 250 displaced Syrians in Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon about their personal experiences in the Syrian uprising and war. Their narratives coalesce into a collective narrative, emphasizing changes in the sources and functions of political fear. This talk offers a humanistic interpretation of the lived experience of authoritarian rule, popular revolt, war, and exile. Through narration, Syrians show how fear contributes to their understanding of what it means to be Syrian, as well as how shifts in fear are transforming that identity.

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