Umut Uzer gave the talk “Brief Introduction to the Effects of the February 6th 2023 Earthquakes from the Perspective of Social Sciences”, at the Joint Turkish-Chinese Seminar on Recovery and Reconstruction after February 6th, 2023 Kahramanmaras Earthquakes, at Istanbul Technical University on 31 October 2023.

While academics from ITU and Sichuan University Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction (IDMR), China, lectured about environmental management after earthquake disasters, urban and regional planning, and cooperation in disaster prevention, Dr. Uzer discussed the social and political dynamics following natural disasters, in this case an earthquake. In the Turkish case, the earthquake did not have direct political ramifications as there was a nation-wide campaign for the victims. Moreover, the dynamism of civil society and individuals in search and rescue missions as well as donations to the people were noteworthy demonstrating feelings of solidarity and cohesion vis-à-vis the people living in the earthquake zone.