The Scholars at Risk Italy section was launched at the University of Padova on February 19, 2019.
SAR Italy is a partnership between Italian higher education institutions and research centres and SAR,
an international network of higher education institutions aimed at fostering the promotion of
academic freedom and protecting the fundamental rights of scholars across the world.
In constituting SAR Italy, the governance structures of adhering institutions, as well as researchers,
educators, students and administrative personnel send a strong message of solidarity to scholars and
institutions that experience situations whereby their academic freedom is at stake, and their research,
educational and ‘third mission’ activities are constrained.
Coming together in SAR Italy, the adhering institutions commit to concretely contributing to the
promotion and protection of academic freedom, alongside over 500 other higher education
institutions in 40 countries in the world.
In 2019, our first year of activity, SAR Italy grew from 14 to 20 members. We had 3 national assemblies and 3 steering committees and set up three working groups. We have also formed groups within our institutions and created synergies with local and regional organizations...Read More
Sevgi Doğan, a Research Fellow at the Dirpolis Institute of the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies and collaborator of SAR-Italy in Scuola Normale Superiore has just published an article on "Academic freedom in pandemic times" in the journal Security Praxis https://securitypraxis.eu/academic-freedom-pandemic-times/Read More
May 2, 2020
In March 2020 the Advocacy Seminar at the University of Padova began with the participation of 15 students from the Master’s degree course European and Global Studies. The seminar is an elective in the degree course and students who complete the seminar will be awarded 6 ECTS. This is the second Advocacy Seminar run by a SAR-Italy member, the first was run in Trento in 2019.Read More
March 19, 2020
Twelve universities and research institutions in Italy that are members of the network Scholars at Risk signed a petition on 19th March in support of Patrick George Zaki, the Egyptian student enrolled in a Master's programme at the University of Bologna, currently detained in Egypt. A strong message of solidarity has thus been launched to Patrick George Zaki and his family, calling on the Egyptian authorities for his unconditional release.Read More
Raising awareness of academic freedom - An online event by Scholars at Risk Italy with students from the University of Padova
July 1, 2020 1:00 pm
An online event is organized to support a petition on behalf Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali and Dr. Niloufar Bayani, two Iranian scholars who are facing unjust restrictions and imprisonment in Iran and have been sentenced to death.
The panel will feature Senator Luigi Manconi (founder of A Buon Diritto Onlus) and Annunziata Marinari (Amnesty International Italia) as respondents. The Vice-rector of the University of Padova, Alessandro Paccagnella, will welcome participants.Read More
June 18, 2020 10:30 am
SNS has organized a talk in the COSMOS Talks series by Delal Aydin, SAR research fellow at SNS/COSMOS:
Friendship as a Political Concept: Kurdish Youth Politics in the 1990s
To learn more about the SAR Italy section, please contact
Claudia Padovani, Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche, Giuridiche e Studi Internazionali, Università degli Studi di Padova, Via del Santo 26, Padova, 35123. firstname.lastname@example.org
Francesca Helm. Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche, Giuridiche e Studi Internazionali, Università degli Studi di Padova, Via del Santo 26, Padova, 35123. email@example.com