public debate on the state of Turkey's academia

Wanneer
25-10-2017 van 20:00 tot 22:00
Waar
Campus Aula, Auditorium D, Universiteitstraat 4, Gent
Voertaal
Nederlands
Door wie
Human Rights Centre and the Middle East and North Africa Research Group
Contact
Marlene.Schafers@UGent.be
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public debate on the state of Turkey's academia, co-organised by UGent's Human Rights Centre and the Middle East and North Africa Research Group

the-state-of-turkeys-academiaPlease be invited to a public debate on the state of Turkey's academia, co-organised by UGent's Human Rights Centre and the Middle East and North Africa Research Group and moderated by Prof. Eva Brems.

Since the attempted coup in Turkey on 15 July 2016 almost 6,000 academics have been dismissed from their positions in the country, 15 universities have been shut down, and almost 70,000 students remain imprisoned as of the end of 2016, which accounts for one-third of the total number of prisoners in the whole country. These numbers are shocking and indicate a systematic attack on critical thinking in President Erdoğan's "New Turkey". During this public debate we discuss the ongoing purges of Turkey's academia which some have argued amount to an "academicide." Three exiled academics from Turkey will speak abouttheir personal experiences, point to the political logic behind the dismissals and illustrate the climate that has made them possible. We will debate what the implications of the mass dismissals are not only for Turkey, but also for the wider region, the Middle East, and not least our own universities and democratic institutions.