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Fear and loathing in Turkish academia: a tale of appeasement and complicity

Can fear explain the loathing that the victims of this ‘academic cleansing’ are exposed to, often by their own colleagues? Could insecurity justify the complicity? The hitherto “untouched” Boğaziçi University, 2012. Wikicommons/ Turkmessage. Some rights reserved.It was a “call for papers” like all others. “On behalf of the Turkish Political Economy Society (TPES)”, said the [...]

Human rights organizations

1- Commissioner for Human Rights Council of Europe Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights 67075 Strasbourg Cedex FRANCE Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 34 21 Fax: +33 (0)3 90 21 50 53 Email:  [email protected] 2- The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [email protected] 3- Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network Office [...]

Chemistry World: Turkish crackdown takes toll on academic output

Conservative estimate The sackings and university closures are now starting to take their toll on Turkish scientific output. According to a study by British–Turkish academic collective, Freedom for Academia, the number of papers published by the country’s universities fell 28% since the attempted coup last year to 27,600. While the study relies on extrapolation for 2017, [...]

Purge of academics has reached a ‘staggering’ scale – SAR

In the year since the attempted coup in Turkey, a “staggering” number of academics have faced criminal investigations, detentions, prosecutions, mass dismissal, expulsion and restrictions on travel, according to an open letter to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, signed by Robert Quinn, executive director of Scholars at Risk or SAR, the New York-based scholar [...]

IE-SRF is now accepting applications. Deadline: July 31 for consideration in September

Instructions and Application Applicants may apply directly or may have a third party submit application materials on their behalf. The required application materials include: Application coversheet Current CV or resume. Please include the following information : Academic degrees (degree-granting institution, field, and date of degree award); Current position (location, dates of employment, professional title, and [...]

Interview by Akın Ipek whose university was closed by the Turkish government

LONDON — Akin Ipek, one of Turkey’s richest men, was staying in the Park Tower Hotel in London when the police raided his television network in Istanbul. The raid was national news, so Mr. Ipek opened his laptop and watched an unnerving spectacle: an attack on his multibillion-dollar empire, in real time. It was an [...]

Turkish academia brought to its knees, as purged academics call for global boycott

he crackdown on the freedom of expression and dissent since the failed coup in July 15 last year has reached epic proportions in Turkey. The effects of the continuous severe blows to journalism is by now well known. Another area where the oppressive measures intensely focus is the academia, where the very existence of independent [...]

Dozens of scholars arrested and 300 sacked in Turkey purge

Staggering’ scale of persecution of Turkish academia condemned by scholars’ group Idil Eser, the director of Amnesty International in Turkey, has also been arrested over ‘abetting a terrorist organisation’, the Turkey Purge website has said More than 300 academics have been sacked and dozens arrested in the latest purge of Turkey’s university system. Shortly after [...]

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