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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