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University of Oslo grants Human Rights Award to purge-victim academic

The University of Oslo (UIO) has granted the 2017 Human Rights Award to Turkish academic and activist Professor İştar Gözaydın for her efforts towards freedoms and human rights in Turkey. Professor Gözaydın, who spent some four months in prison after last year’s coup attempt in Turkey, told UIO’s Uniforma newspaper that she was honored by the [...]

University of Oslo grants Human Rights Award to purge-victim academic2017-11-29T20:18:09+00:00

Turkey’s anti-intellectual crusade is pure Orwell

Turkey’s president was unwise to evoke Animal Farm when his attack on academics has eerie echoes of George Orwell’s novel, says Umut Özkirımli It was one of those awkward moments. “In Animal Farm”, said Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in his address to the parliamentary group of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) earlier this [...]

Turkey’s anti-intellectual crusade is pure Orwell2017-11-02T11:10:15+00:00

SAR Event – Academic freedom in turbulent times – 6 Nov featuring a Turkish speaker

Today, throughout the world, there are increasing threats to academic freedom – from authoritarian regimes and in regions at war or under occupation, but also by intolerant state and non-state actors. Academic freedom is also increasingly compromised within the academy itself  by profit-maximisation models and audit cultures. How can we safeguard academic freedom and the [...]

SAR Event – Academic freedom in turbulent times – 6 Nov featuring a Turkish speaker2017-10-25T15:14:11+00:00

Resisting Turkey’s ‘war on academe’

Great ideas, it has been said, come into the world as gently as doves. Perhaps then, if we listen attentively, we shall hear, amid the uproar of empires and nations, a faint flutter of wings, the gentle stirring of life and hope. Some will say that this hope lies in a nation; others, in a [...]

Resisting Turkey’s ‘war on academe’2017-09-28T16:15:54+00:00

Turkish academics exiled to Germany remain in fear

Intense polarisation of Turkish diaspora, plus online harassment, means refugee scholars feel they are being watched Mehmet is a Turkish academic who rarely looks directly at you; instead, he turns away and smiles in a pained way. Unlike almost all of the other delegates at a conference for refugee academics being held in Leipzig, he [...]

Turkish academics exiled to Germany remain in fear2017-09-28T15:53:00+00:00

Brain Drain from the ‘New’ Turkey

As of June this year, according to report by the organization ‘Freedom for Academia’, approximately 6% of Turkey’s 150 thousand academics had lost their jobs in successive waves of purges launched following the coup. Many of those fired have no apparent involvement in the coup or even with the Gülen movement, implying the regime uses the state [...]

Brain Drain from the ‘New’ Turkey2017-08-29T14:07:11+00:00

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 [...]

Fear and loathing in Turkish academia: a tale of appeasement and complicity2017-08-09T17:15:04+00:00

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, [...]

Chemistry World: Turkish crackdown takes toll on academic output2017-08-04T09:59:27+00:00