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ECPR Statement on Academic Freedom in Turkey

21/01/2016

The European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR) has, in recent days, received reports (from both general sources and its member institutions in Turkey), about infringements of academic freedom in Turkey, which are a cause for grave concern. These reports refer, amongst other things, to Turkish academics being fired from their university positions for expressing, in non-violent and legitimate ways, their individual political views. The ECPR is a professional organization dedicated to the development of the academic study of politics, with over 300 university departments as its members. As such, the ECPR takes no position on Turkish domestic politics, nor on the content of the petition that sparked the recent controversy. However, ECPR can and must speak out when academic freedom is at risk. Academic freedom for political scientists is as vital as it is for academics in other disciplines, if not more so, and to the extent that political scientists suffer repercussions in their academic work for the peaceful expression of their views as citizens,  then that academic freedom is clearly at risk. We call on the Turkish political authorities and on the Turkish Higher Education Council (YÖK)  to take steps to ensure that political scientists and other academics are allowed to continue their scholarly work without constraints, regardless of their political views.

 

Prof. Dr. Rudy B. Andeweg,

Chair,

European Consortium for Political Research

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