Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture

Academic Freedom Under Threat – The Case of Turkey

12Apr2017 18:00


A panel discussion at the University of Amsterdam organized by Robin Celikates and Özgür Yalcin

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.

April 12, 6-8pm, OMHP (Oudemanhuispoort) room D.009

  • Prof. Dr. Mine Gencel Bek (Communication Studies, formerly Ankara University, now University of Siegen)
  • Prof. Dr. Zafer Yilmaz (Political Science, formerly Ankara University, now University of Potsdam)
  • Prof. Dr. Jan Rath (Urban Sociology, UvA)
  • Asli Özgen-Tuncer (ASCA, UvA)

Chairs: Dr. Robin Celikates & Özgür Yalçın (Philosophy/ASCA, UvA)

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OMHP (Oudemanhuispoort) room D.009

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    Oudemanhuispoort 4-6 | 1012 CN Amsterdam
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