The University of Ghent will host a discussion on the ongoing purges of Turkey's academia which some have argued amount to an "academicide." Exiled academics from Turkey will speak about their personal experiences and point to the political logic behind the dismissals.
2017.07.13 SAR Letter Brief - Turkey
The University of Zurich’s International Relations Office and the Scholars at Risk Switzerland Section will host a presentation on academic repression in Turkey.
Thursday March 30th marks the 100th day of imprisonment of Professor Istar Gozaydin, lately Chair of the Department of Sociology at Turkey’s Gediz University.
In the wake of a coup attempt in July 2016 the president of Turkey declared a state of emergency, which remains in place eight months later. During that time, the government has suspended, detained and placed under investigation tens
On February 7, 2017, state authorities issued a decree ordering the dismissal of 330 academic personnel from 49 universities, based on allegations that they were suspected of being involved in a violent coup attempt on July 15, 2016. Authorities allege
On November 22, 2016, Turkish authorities issued a decree ordering the dismissal of 242 academic personnel and 942 higher education administrative personnel, on suspicion of connection to a violent coup attempt on July 15.
On October 29, 2016, Turkish authorities issued a decree ordering the dismissal of 1,267 academic personnel, and the expulsion of 68 students studying abroad, on suspicion that they were connected to a violent coup attempt on July 15. Authorities have
This meeting, following a MESA 2016 panel titled "Academic Freedom under Assault: A Roundtable on recent developments in Egypt and Turkey," is an opportunity to discuss advocacy strategies, SAR's direct assistance for scholars from Turkey, and how universities can help.
1. Share the statement with colleagues, friends and family by posting the following over social media: Join me in standing up for threatened scholars and students! Tell Turkey that #IdeasAreNotCrimes: ow.ly/JZ3N3048eTt 2. Encourage your association, network or institution to express publicly
University of Helsinki welcomes you to an academic discussion on the current situation of academia in Turkey.
Thank you for applying to Scholars at Risk. Given the high volume of applications from Turkey that we have received in recent weeks and months, we are currently prioritizing applications from individuals experiencing the most immediate severe threats, including threats
Scholars at Risk is gravely concerned about the sweeping actions taken against Turkey’s higher education sector since the July 15 coup attempt. Forced resignations, suspensions, detentions, and travel bans have reportedly affected thousands of individuals, in Turkey and abroad, and
Scholars at Risk is gravely concerned about sweeping actions against Turkey’s higher education sector, including forced resignations, suspensions, and travel bans, reportedly affecting thousands of individuals, in Turkey and abroad.
Support needed for Turkey's higher education community
Following the July 15th coup attempt, Turkey's higher education sector faces forced resignations, suspensions, and travel bans.
A series of rotating, 20 minute dialogues with SAR scholars and partners sharing their experience with pressures on higher education. Courage to Think: Ecuador Manuela Picq, International Cry, in conversation with Emile Martel, Quebecois Centre PEN International Courage to Think:
Joint Letter Supporting Turkey's Scholars
“Actions reportedly taken against these scholars raise serious concerns not only for [the scholars’] professional and personal well-being, but for the overall well-being of the Turkish higher education and research community, and for the ability of intellectuals and institutions in
Scholars at Risk has issued a letter of appeal in support of scholars being prosecuted for their endorsement of the "Academics for Peace" petition.
This year, the University of Oslo's Human Rights Award will be presented to professor Ishtar Gözaydin, an academic and researcher from Turkey who has made her mark as an active social commentator and human rights defender.
Emily Kay is Program Administrator at Scholars at Risk, where she supports administration and daily operations. She also helps coordinate SAR public programming, workshops, and other activities, including the biannual SAR Global Congress.
On September 5, 2017, Turkish authorities reportedly detained Hakan Özhan, a professor of medicine at Duzce University, based on alleged connections with Fethullah Gülen, who authorities claim was responsible for a violent coup attempt on July 15, 2016.
In conjunction with Human Rights Week and the release of Scholars at Risk's Free to Think 2017 report, the University of Geneva will host a roundtable discussion entitled "Universities: a Sanctuary for Scholars at Risk?"
Universities Ireland, the Scholars at Risk Ireland Section, and Maynooth University will host a day-long event including lectures and a roundtable discussion addressing increasing threats to academic freedom.
Free to Think 2017 is the third installment in SAR’s reporting of attacks on higher education communities, analyzing 257 reported attacks on higher education communities in 35 countries, from September 1, 2016, to August 31, 2017. “Over the past year, we
Scholars at Risk has released Free to Think 2017, an annual report analyzing 257 reported attacks on higher education communities in 35 countries, from September 1, 2016, to August 31, 2017.
Scholars at Risk and the Human Rights Program at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College are pleased to host a public launch event for Free to Think 2017.
Remarks by Robert Quinn, Executive Director, Scholars at Risk Network, on the occasion of the 2017 Anne Frank Special Recognition Award presented by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the U.S.A. at the Library of Congress, Washington
The below list of potential course materials for Student Advocacy Seminars is drawn from past seminars. SAR welcomes additional recommendations at firstname.lastname@example.org. Academic Freedom Barton, Ashley and Adam Braver, eds. Jewher Ilham: A Uyghur’s Fight to Free Her Father. New
On July 14, 2017, Turkish authorities issued an emergency decree which ordered the dismissal of 302 academic personnel and 54 administrative staff, and the expulsion of 9 students, based on allegations that they were involved in a violent coup attempt
On July 6, 2017, Turkish authorities reportedly issued detention warrants for 24 personnel from Konya Selçuk University and Necmettin Erbakan University personnel, as part of an investigation of individuals alleged to have connections to a movement led by Fethullah Gülen,
Representatives from the Scholars at Risk Switzerland section will present on SAR activities at an upcoming conference on “Mobilising UNESCO Chairs in Natural Sciences for Policy Action towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” in Geneva on July 5-7.
Bielefeld University will host a day of meetings and a networking session about refugee scholars and the Scholars at Risk Network.
UCLA's Center for Near Eastern Studies will host a symposium addressing academic freedom in the Middle East with a special focus on Turkey, launching UCLA's campaign to host a threatened scholar from the region.
Scholars at Risk and Pomona College in Claremont, California will host the first regional meeting of SAR Network members in the western United States.
The Scholars at Risk Ireland section presents a special event featuring an opening address by President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.
Free to Think 2016: Report of the Scholars at Risk Academic Freedom Monitoring Project
Scholars at Risk has released Free to Think 2016, a report analyzing more than 150 reported attacks on higher education communities in 35 countries, from May 1, 2015 to September 1, 2016.
Free to Think 2016 is the second installment in SAR’s reporting of attacks on higher education communities, analyzing more than 150 reported attacks on higher education communities in 35 countries, from May 1, 2015 to September 1, 2016. “In the
The New School Center for Public Scholarship will present a panel discussion on the state of free inquiry and threats to free expression in universities in China, Syria, Iran and Turkey.
On July 24 and 25, 2016, Turkish authorities reportedly detained 31 scholars from Istanbul University on suspicion of membership to Turkey’s Gülenist movement.
On July 23, 2016, a decree went into effect ordering the closure of 15 Turkish universities, in connection with a state of emergency declared by the government following the failed coup attempt on July 15.
On July 20, 2016, Turkish authorities reportedly imposed a wide-ranging ban on all work-related, international travel by scholars, and demanding that all university personnel currently outside the country return to Turkey immediately.
On June 20, 2016, authorities reportedly detained Şebnem Korur Fincancı, head of the department of forensic medicine at Cerrahpaşa Medical Faculty of Istanbul University, in response to her participation in a campaign to support press freedom in Turkey. On May 3, 2016, Dr.
Scholars at Risk monitors reports of threats to academic freedom and higher education communities worldwide, including media articles, blogs, opinion pieces and other announcements. Scholars at Risk identifies situations of concern on its own and welcomes reports submitted by faculty,
December 9 – 15, 2017 Scholars at Risk monitors reports of threats to academic freedom and higher education communities worldwide, including media articles, blogs, opinion pieces and other announcements. Scholars at Risk identifies situations of concern on its own and
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey
Scholars at Risk undertakes Action Campaigns and Alerts on behalf of scholars still under threat in their home countries—such as those suffering prosecution on improper or false charges or wrongfully imprisoned—as well as against widespread threats to an entire faculty,
Global higher ed stands up for Turkey's scholars
Summary of highlights and key suggestions from SAR's 2014 Global Congress in Amsterdam
An international dialogue on safeguarding higher education in Tunisia and beyond
The SAR Network 2016 Global Congress will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Scholars at Risk Network and the collective efforts of network members and partners protecting scholars and promoting academic freedom worldwide.
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Scholars at Risk has issued a response to Turkey's Minister of National Education, Nabi Avci, who wrote to SAR on March 3, sharing Turkey's commitment to academic freedom, while also defending investigations and proceedings against scholars who signed the Academics
Turkish authorities are investigating over 1,100 scholars after they signed a petition calling on the government to end its crackdowns targeting Kurdish rebels in the southeastern part of the country.
“I dream everyday of returning to my homeland, […] a homeland that respects minds and thinkers…”