SOLIDARITY AND RESISTANCE IN TURKISH ACADEMIA
Discussion on Academic Freedoms and Coming Elections in Turkey with the Academics for Peace
In January 2016, the peace petition entitled ‘We Will Not Be Part to this Crime’ by the Academics for Peace was attacked by the Turkish State and its President Erdogan. Quickly, people got arrested, lost their jobs, were forced to leave the country or were excluded from society by other means.
Focusing the happenings from the coup attempt in July 2016 until today, we will discuss the suppression of academic freedom and how the Academics for Peace continue to resist. Hereby, we will talk about the challenges and opportunities of the Berlin exile.
Lastly, we want to analyse the current election campaign and ask what the coming elections on June 24th might change in the future.
How is resistance under this repressive regime still possible?
And how can (academic) solidarity contribute to a free society?
We will have a roundtable discussion with much space for your questions.
• Dr. Ergün Özgür (Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin)
• Dr. Kıvanç Ersoy (Freie Universitat Berlin, Department of Mathematics)
• Dr. Zafer Yılmaz (University of Potsdam, ‘Center for Citizenship, Social Pluralism, and Religious Diversity’, Department of Sociology)
13 June 2018, 18.00-20.00
Ihnestraße 21, Hörsaal A