Seminar and Vodcast Series draws attention to the infringements of Academic Freedom in Turkey and provides a forum for those affected


An innovative project has received support from the Swedish Institute under its “support for cooperation with academics from Turkey” scheme. “Turkey Beyond Borders: Critical Voices, New Perspectives” aims to foster collaboration between academics in Sweden and scholars from Turkey whose academic freedoms are implicitly or explicitly curtailed and violated.
The website is now launched, with 2 vodcasts.

The project, which runs for two years, will include a seminar series comprising of 17 seminars with 34 invited speakers, each followed by a podcast/vodcast. This will be openly accessible to the public through a dedicated website. 

Academic freedom restricted

The rationale of the project stems from the severe restriction of academic freedoms in Turkey over the past four years as international observers, including the European Universities Association (EUA), Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International, report. In Turkey, academics have been dismissed, imprisoned, suffered administrative penalties, or had to operate within an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty. 

-The project will give invited speakers an academic platform to present their work and share their expertise. Our aim is to run an academically rich and stimulating project for scholars and students – as well as experts, journalists, and those interested in contemporary debates in Turkey, says Pinar Dinc, who is leading the project.

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The project is led by Dr. Pinar Dinc (Lund University), co-facilitated by Dr. Ömer Turan (Istanbul Bilgi University) and supported by an advisory board composed of academics from/based in Turkey, Sweden, and the rest of Europe. The themes for the seminars, podcasts, and vodcasts are democracy, conflict, identities, social movements, and foreign policy in Turkey.

Centre for Geographical Information Systems is the host for the project, and Centre for Middle Eastern Studies is co-applicant. The amount received is 998.000 SEK .

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