Academic Freedom Under Threat The Case of Turkey II

30May2017 17:00 - 19:00


A panel discussion at the University of Amsterdam, organized by Robin Celikates & Özgür Yalçin

In recent years, academic freedom – always a fragile political achievement – has come under increasing attack in a number of countries, including Hungary and Turkey. Since the attempted coup in July 2016, hundreds of academics in Turkey have been fired, forced to resign, subjected to disciplinary procedures, and detained. When critical voices are targeted and dissent is equated with terrorism, how can academic freedom, the institution of the university, and a pluralistic public sphere persist? This panel discussion will address the threats to academic freedom in Turkey as well as the possibilities of articulating dissent and transnational solidarity and support.

  • Prof. Dr. Zeynep Gambetti (Political Theory, Boğaziçi University)
  • Prof. Dr. Volkan Çıdam (Political Theory, Boğaziçi University)
  • Prof. Dr. Zeynep Kıvılcım (Gender Studies, formerly Istanbul University, now Georg-August-University Göttingen)
  • Dr. Aylin Kuryel (ASCA, UvA)
  • Chairs: Dr. Robin Celikates & Özgür Yalçın (Philosophy/ASCA, UvA)

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Published by  ASCA