Open letter in support of the signatories to the statement “We will not be a party to this crime.”

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Cumhurbaşkanı

Cumhurbaşkanlığı Külliyesi

06560 Beştepe, Ankara, Turkey

January 21, 2016

Re: Concern for Turkish scholars & universities

Your Excellency:

We the undersigned, academics in Universities throughout the globe, many of us engaged in Turkish Studies have been following the developments in Turkey over the past months with considerable concern. The country has been experiencing an escalation of violence between the state and the PKK with scores of civilians bearing the brunt of an undeclared violent conflict in the Southeast. In this climate of polarization the government has displayed intolerance towards criticism and alternative opinions with prime casualties fundamental freedoms and rights. We are seriously concerned about the threats this situation poses to academic freedoms and especially the criminalization of a petition signed by 1128 fellow academics in Turkey calling for peace. We declare that we stand in solidarity with their demand for peace and their freedom of expression. As academics from throughout the world we are extremely disturbed by Turkey’s recent treatment of colleagues that have spoken out against atrocities being committed by the Turkish state in Kurdish populated regions of the country.

1,128 ‘Academics for Peace’ originally signed the statement “We will not be a party to this crime”, calling on the Turkish government to cease hostilities against its own citizens. Since the publication of this statement, these academics have been subject to a sustained campaign of abuse and violence from both the Turkish state and its supporters.

In recent speeches, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has publicly denounced these academics. Subsequently, YÖK, the government agency overseeing Higher Education, and prosecutors have begun proceedings to charge all 1,128 of the original signatories with “propagandising for a terrorist organization” and “overtly insulting the Turkish nation, the State of the Republic of Turkey, Grand National Assembly of Turkey, the Government of Republic of Turkey and the judicial organs of the state”.

This has resulted in several academics being taken into custody under the provisions of anti-terrorism legislation, manuscripts and pcs seized and offices ransacked, sealed and marked with paint to further victimize those who have expressed concern at the Turkish government’s gratuitous use of violence in the Southeast of the country. If convicted of these charges they could face 1-5 years imprisonment. The legitimacy of arrests has already been questioned by prominent legal experts and described as “extra-legal” decisions. Signatories have also been publicly exposed in the press and social media by government supporters and nationalists, leading to fears of reprisals from fascists that have declared they will ‘spill the blood’ of the signatories. Many of the signatories also face disciplinary proceedings and possible sackings from their institutions.

These unjust acts are unfolding in a context of continuing state violence against its own citizens – in December 2015 alone almost 100 civilians were killed as a result of military operations conducted by the Turkish state. Since August 2015 there have been 52 open-ended and round-the-clock curfews imposed on over one million inhabitants in southeast Turkey. In such a context, the clamp down on academic freedom constitutes another moment in the deepening authoritarianism of the Turkish state. This includes attacks on not only academics but also the continuing imprisonment and deaths of journalists, lawyers and activists. Reiterating our concern and affirming our solidarity to our fellow academics in Turkey

1. We call on the Turkish government to withdraw its prosecutions, immediately release all those imprisoned and commit to the principles of academic freedom and free speech.
2. We are determined to support our colleagues who are fired, suspended or subject to disciplinary procedures by their employers through positive action. This will include lobbying to isolate and boycott Higher Education Institutions that take such punitive measures against staff and stifle freedom of expression.
3. We declare our determination to work with our trade unions, professional associations and university authorities to ensure that any such actions by the Turkish government, YÖK and Turkish universities will be monitored and that appropriate responses will be put in place at institution level.
4. We moreover reaffirm the Academics for Peace call on the Turkish government to cease their hostilities against its own citizens.
5. Finally we call our governments to break their guilty silence and complicity vis-a-vis the continued suppression of freedom of speech, academic freedom, the repression and continued state violence in Turkey and to encourage and facilitate negotiations between the belligerent parties to end the vicious circle of violence in the country.

To sign this letter, please send an email to turkishacademicsolidarity@yopmail.com containing your full name, job title and affiliation.

Signatories 22 January 2016

Dr Necla Acik, Research Associate, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Dr. Mafalda Ade, Postdoctoral researcher at Université Paris I, La Sorbonne, France

Mariana Gaio Alves, Assistant professor, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Pinar Akcora, Assistant Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, Hoboken, NJ, United States

Francesco Ademollo, Ricercatore, Storia della Filosofia Antica, University of Florence, Italy

Georgios Agelopoulos, Assist. Professor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Nazan Aksan, Assistant Research Professor, University of Iowa, Neurology, United States

Memet Aktürk Drake, PhD, Affiliated researcher, Centre for Research on Bilingualism, Stockholm University, Sweden

Klara Andersson, University College London/ École normale supérieure de Lyon, United Kingdom and France

Massimiliano Andretta, Associate Professor, Department Political Science, University of Pisa, Italy

Nadje Al-Ali, Professor of Gender Studies, Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London, United Kingdom

Jean Maria Arrigo, PhD, American Psychological Association, Division of Peace Psychology, Representative to APA Council, Independent social psychologist and oral historian, United States

Gordon Asher, Learning Developer, University of the West of Scotland, United Kingdom

Lana Askari, PhD Candidate in Social Anthropology with Visual Media, University of Manchester, United KingdomHelen Avery, Teaching staff, Lund University, Sweden

Laure Assaf, PhD candidate, Paris West Nanterre University, France

Osman Aytar, Associate Professor, Malardalen University, Sweden

Pepa Baamonde García, Retired Teacher,Translator, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Feyzi Baban, Associate Professor, Political Studies and International Development, Trent University, Canada

Christopher Ballantine, LG Joel Professor of Music Emeritus, University Fellow, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Dalir Barkhoda, Research assistant, collaborating with Susan Wright, Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark

Rachel Barney, Professor of Philosophy and Classics, Director, Collaborative Programme in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (CPAMP), University of Toronto, Canada

Dr. Walter Bartl, Institut für Soziologie, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

Rainer Bauböck, Chair in social and political theory, European University Institute, Italy

Vedrana Baricevic, Post-doc, research and teaching assistant, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Raffaele Bazurli, PhD Candidate, Scuola Normale Superiore, Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali, Florence, Italy

Stefano Bianchini, Vice-rector’s delegate for the Relations with East European Countries, Professor of East European Politics and History, Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Bologna – Forlì Campus, Italy

Anne Bjerre Christensen, Ph.D., Post doc researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies, Denmark

Paul Black, Doctoral Candidate and Postgraduate Tutor, University of St Andrews, United Kingdom

Sophie Besancenot PhD, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Stefano Bianchini, Professor of East European and Politics, University
of Bologna, Italy

Lic. Phil. Elife Biçer-Deveci, Historian, University of Bern, Switzerland

Edna Bonhomme, MPH, MA, PhD Candidate, Department of History, Princeton University, United States

Suat Bozkuş Yazar, Yeni Özgür Politika, Turkey

Dr. Stefano Braghiroli, Lecturer of European Studies, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu, Estonia

Prof. Dr. Katharina Brizic, University of Freiburg, Germany

George Caffentzis, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Southern Maine, United States

María del Carmen Morris, Retired Lecturer, UCSC, United States

Pietro Castelli Gattinara, Research Fellow, Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence, Italy

Stephen Castles, Research Professor of Sociology, University of Sydney, Australia

Robin Celikates, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Drazen Cepic, Research fellow, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Naima Chahboun, PhD candidate, Department of Political Science, Stockholm University, Sweden

Bharat Chandra Rout, PhD, Consultant – Knowledge Management, Centre of Excellence (A&Y), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), New Delhi, India

Riccardo Emilio Chesta, Phd researcher in Social and Political Sciences, European University Institute – Florence, Italy

Daniela Chironi, PhD researcher, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Thierry Dutoit, Full Professor, University of Mons, Belgium

Srđan Dvornik, independent consultant, Zagreb

Henriette van Eck, PhD, Capitol Hill Center for Therapy, United States

Nikos Christofis, PhD, Leiden University, Netherlands

George Christou, Associate Professor of European Politics and Security, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Emeritus Professor Robin Cohen, Senior Research Fellow, Kellogg College & Associate, Department of International Development, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Matteo Cristofaro, Ph.D. Candidate in Management, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Italy

Gorazd Cvetic, full professor, Dept.of Physics, Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Valparaiso, Chile

Ilke Dagli, Doctoral Researcher at the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Dr. Christine Daigle, Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence, Director, PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities, Director, Posthumanism Research Institute, Professor of Philosophy, Brock University, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Donagh Davis, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Michael Degerald, Visiting Scholar at Lund University Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Sweden and PhD Candidate in Near and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Washington, United States

Dr Lisa M. Dellmuth, Lecturer in comparative politics and international relations, Stockholm University, Sweden

Dan Dennis, Oxford University, United Kingdom

Igor Despot, PhD, independent researcher, Zagreb, Croatia

Ali Diskaya, PhD Candidate, Central European University, Budapest

Wade P. Doorey, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States

Sunčana Doričić, student, CEDIM, Republic of Croatia

Janice Dowell, Associate Professor, Syracuse University, United States

Kyrkos Doxiadis, Professor of Social Theory, University of Athens, Greece

Prof. Emine A. Durakoglu, Stevens Institute of Technology, United States

Turgut Durduran, Professor/Group leader, The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Castelldefels Barcelona, Spain

Henriette van Eck, PhD, Capitol Hill Center for Therapy, United States

Prof. Dr. Julia Eckert, Institut für Sozialanthropologie, Universität Bern, Switzerland

Lina Eklund, Post Doctoral Fellow, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University, Sweden

Baban Eliassi, PhD candidate, Geneva University, Switzerland

Dr. Barzoo Eliassi, senior lecturer, Linnaeus University and associate researcher at Oxford University, Lund University and York University, Sweden

Gretchen Ellefson, PhD Candidate, Northwestern University, United States

Dr. Şeyda Emek, Visiting Scholar, Columbia Unıversity, New York City, United States

Dr. Neil Ewen, Lecturer in Media and Communication, School of Media and Film, University of Winchester, United Kingdom

Gloria Fisk, Assistant Professor of English, Queens College, CUNY, United States

Silvia Federici, Emerita Professor, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, United States

Pierfrancesco Fiorato, Associate Professor of Moral Philosophy, University of Sassari, Italy

Markus Furendal, Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Political Science, Stockholm University, Sweden

Dr. Carlos Garcia Garcia, Associate Professor at Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Valparaiso, Chile

Rein Gerritsen, philosopher of science, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Ibrahim Ghahremani, PhD candidate, Goldsmiths University of London, United Kingdom

Anna Goelnitz, MA Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Candidate Msc. Integrated Water Resources Management, Technical University of Applied Sciences Cologne, Germany and University of Jordan, Jordan

Eric Gordy, Senior Lecturer, University College London

Richard Graham, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Music & Technology, College of Arts & Letters, Stevens Institute of Technology, United States

Rosa Gilbert, PhD Researcher, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Elín Hafsteinsdóttir, PhD Researcher, Department of Political science, Stockholm University, Sweden

Jonathan Ginzburg, Professor of Linguistics, Université Paris-Diderot (Paris 7) and Laboratoire d’Excellence LabEx-EFL, France

Dr Patrick Greenough, Associate Fellow of Arché, and Senior Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, University of St Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom

Dr. Carolina Guzmán Valenzuela, Researcher, Centre for Advanced Research in Education
University of Chile, Chile

Patricio Häberle, Professor of Physics, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile

Bogumila Hall, PhD Researcher, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Sabine Hark, Professor for Gender Studies, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Grahame Hayes, Honorary research associate, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Kirsten Hempkin M.A., Language lector, Faculty of Arts, University of Maribor, Slovenia

Selim Heper, PhD Student, The New School for Social Research, NY, United States

Lisa Herzog, Postdoctoral researcher, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany

Helge Hiram Jensen, Researcher, European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre, Italy and Associate Professor, methodology, Kristiania University College, Dept. of Creativity & Innovation, Norway.

Dr. Henio Hoyo, Post-Doctoral Fellow, German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg / Berlin, Germany

Swen  Hutter,  Research Fellow,  European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Vicky Iakovou, Lecturer in political philosophy, University of the Aegean, Greece

Gregoris Ioannou, Dr-adjunct lecturer, Frederick University Cyprus and University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Carrie Ichikawa Jenkins, Canada Research Chair and Professor of Philosophy, University of British Columbia, Canada

Petya Ilieva-Trichkova, Assistant, Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Mary Janell Metzger, Professor, Western Washington University, Bellingham, United States

Martin Joormann, PhD Candidate in Sociology of Law, Sociology of Law Department, Lund University, Sweden

Irini Kakoulidou, Doctoral Candidate, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, United Kingdom

Nurten Karakaş, Stiftung Universität Hildesheim/ Zentrum für Bildungsintegration
University of Hildesheim/ Center for Inclusion and Democracy in Education at the University of Hildesheim, Germany

Victor Kennedy, University of Maribor, Slovenia

Milad Khaledyan, PhD Candidate, Louisiana State University, United States

Dr. Paul Kimmel, Retired, Past President, Psychologists for Social Responsibility, Past President, Division of Peace Psychology of the American Psychological Association, US Citizen now residing in Panama

Friderik Klampfer, PhD, Associate professor of philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Maribor, Slovenia

Katarina Kolozova PhD, Professor of philosophy, Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

Viktor Koska, MSc in Forced migration, Deputy Head of the CEDIM, Centre for the Study of ethnicity citizenship and migration (CEDIM), Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Prof. Jasna Koteska, Ph.D., Full Professor of Literature, Gender Studies and Theoretical Psychoanalysis, University Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

Alicia Kozma, Ph.D. Candidate, Institute of Communications Research, Instructor, Media and Cinema Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana, United States

Max Kölbel, ICREA Research Professor, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

Joakim Kreutz, Assistant Professor at (1) Department of Political Science, Stockholm University and (2) Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University. Sweden

Dejan Krsic, professor, Department of Visual Communications, Arts Academy Split, Croatia

Işıl Kurnaz, Lund University Law Faculty Master Student, Sweden

Regina Day Langhout, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz, United States

Lynne Layton, Ph.D., Psychoanalyst/Psychologist, Harvard Medical School, United States

Kimberly Latta, Ph.D., Independent Scholar, United States

Catherine Legg, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Waikato, New Zealand

R.J. Leland, Postdoctoral Fellow, Australian National University, Australia

Sherry C.M. Lindquist, Western Illinois University, United States

Winnifred Louis, Deputy Head of School (Research), School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Autralia

Rebecca Lund, postdoc, Educational Anthropology, DPU, Aarhus University, Copenhagen, Denmark

Dr. Lena Lybaek, Associate professor, University College of Southeast Norway, Drammen, Norway.

Rouli Lykogianni, Lecturer, National Technical University of Athens- Department of Urban and Regional Studies, Greece

Robin Lynn Treptow, PhD , Doctoral student, Fielding Graduate University, United States

Dr Conor McHugh, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

Dr. Eva Mackey, Associate Professor, School of Canadian Studies. Carleton University. Ottawa, Canada

Prof. Dr. Maureen Maisha Eggers, Professorin für Kindheit und Differenz (Diversity Studies), Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal / Standort Stendal, Germany

Giulio Marini, PhD, Post Doc Researcher at Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Institute of Human and Social Sciences, Italy

Dr. Kamran Matin, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Department of International Relations, Sussex University, United Kingdom

Adèle Mercier, Associate Professor, Dept of Philosophy, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada

Helene Moglen Professor, Literature University of California Santa Cruz, United States

Dr. des. Johanna Mugler, Assistentin, Institut für Sozialanthropologie, Universität Bern, Switzerland

Barbara Müller, Freie Waldorfschule Eckernförde, Fachbereich Kunst und Musik, Germany

Prof. Dr. H.C. Mult, Dean of the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Director of Centre of Social Movements Studies, Scuola normale superior, Firenze, Italy

Suna Mutlugünes M.Ed. Teacher – University of Bremen, Germany

Mirjana Najcevska, Professor on Human rights, Institute for sociological, political and juridical research, University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” – Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

Dr. Maria Nikolakaki, Associate Professor, University of Peloponnese, Greece

Dr. Jessica Northey, Research Associate, Coventry University, United Kingdom

Alidost Numan, Doctoral Candidate, University of Chicago, United States

Dr Francis O’Connor, Research Associate, Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence, Italy

Professor Pat O’Connor, Department of Sociology, University of Limerick,  Limerick, Ireland

Britta Ohm, Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Bern, Switzerland

Robert L. Ostergard, Jr., Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Nevada, Reno, United States

Brad Olson, Associate Professor, National Louis University – Chicago, United States

Hedvig Örden, PhD Candidate, Stockholm University, Sweden

Stanimir Panayotov, PhD Candidate, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Professor Iskra Panovska-Dimkova, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University – Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

Dr. Ilya Parkins, Associate Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies, University of British Columbia, Canada

Joakim Parslow, Associate Professor, University of Oslo, Oslo Norway

Susan N. Perkins, Ph.D., LPC, LAMFT, Associate Professor of Counselor Education, Northwest Nazarene University, USA

Francesco Piraino, PhD Candidate in Sociology, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa-Firenze, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales Paris, Italy and France

Lucija Plavčak, Professor of Elementary education, Slovenia

Ruby Rich, Professor of Film and Digital Media, University of California, Santa Cruz, United States

Nancy Ries, Professor of Anthropology and Peace and Conflict Studies, Colgate University, United States

Anastasia Politou, Associate Professor, Laboratory of Biological Chemistry, Medical School
University of Ioannina, Greece

Craig Reinarman, Professor of Sociology, University of California Santa Cruz, United States

Dr Marcus Rossberg, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Connecticut, United States

USA Kathleen Ryan, PhD Philosophy, City University of New York Graduate Center, United States

Professor Jennifer Saul, Department of Philosophy, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

Andreas Schedler, Professor of Political Science, CIDE, Mexico City, Mexico

Amy M. Schmitter, Professor of Philosophy, University of Alberta, Canada

Liesbeth Schoonheim, PhD fellow, Institute of Philosophy, Leuven,Belgium

Katrine Scott, PhD student, Department of Gender Studies, Lund University, Sweden

Huseyin Sevim, Ph.D., Political Science, Lecturer, Université Jean Monet St-Etienne, France

Ruihua Shen, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Chinese Studies, Moreouse College, United States

Lisa Sigl, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Dortmund, Germany

Jonas Sjölander, PhD, senior lecturer, History, SOL-Middle East Studies, Lund University , Sweden

Karla Škorjanc, Student, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Lisa Shapiro, Professor, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Spyros A. Sofos, Researcher, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University, Sweden

Dr. Valerij Sofronievski, PhD, Professor of Classics, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Republic of Macedonia

Dr Vicki Squire, Associate Professor of International Security, Associate Editor, Citizenship Studies, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Andrei Stavila, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Mugla Sitki Kocman University, Mugla, Turkey

Yannis Sygkelos, DEI College (University of London International Programmes), Greece and United Kingdom

David Stodolsky, PhD, Institute for Social Informatics, Copenhagen NV, Denmark

Helga Tawil-Souri, Associate Professor, New York University, United States

Dr. Thomas Teo, Professor, History and Theory of Psychology, Department of Psychology, York University, Ontario, Canada

Nikos Theotokas, Professor of History, Panteion University, Athens, Greece

Diana Tietjens Meyers, Professor Emerita of Philosophy, University of Connecticut, Storrs, United States

John Tirman, Executive Director & Principal Research Scientist, Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States

Gavan Titley, Lecturer in Media Studies, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland

Mari Toivanen, PhD, Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher, Division of Sociology, University of Turku, Finland

Dr.Ertug Tombus, Adj. Assistant Professor of Political Science, Western Connecticut State University, United States Bilge Yesil, Associate Professor, City University of New York, United States

Dr Zaneta Trajkoska, Director, School of Journalism and Public Relations, Institute of Communication Studies, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

Hans-Jörg Trenz, Professor, Centre for Modern European Studies and Dept. of Media, Cognition, and Communication, Uni. of Copenhagen, Denmark

Anna Triandafyllidou, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Cameron Tribe, Senior English Instructor, Business English in Istanbul, Turkey

Roza Tsagarousianou, Reader in Communication and Media Studies, CAMRI, University of Westminster, United Kingdom

Saadet Türkmen, Research Assistant, University of Berne, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. Biljana Vankovska, Faculty of Philosophy, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

Dr. Eugenia Vathakou, Visiting Lecturer, Department of Political Science & IR, University of Peloponnese

Alana M. Vincent, Senior Lecturer in Jewish Studies, University of Chester, United Kingdom

Dr. Julia Welland, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Dr Georgie Wemyss, Senior Research Fellow, CMRB, University of East London, United Kingdom
Aniello Verde, Ph.D. candidate, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Dr. Robin Westmacott, C.Psych., Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Health Psychology, College of Medicine, University of Manitoba & Shared Mental Health Care, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Manitoba, Canada

Nick Wiltsher, Post-doctoral fellow in philosophy, UFRGS, Brazil

Susan Wright, Professor of Educational Anthropology, Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Copenhagen, Denmark and Member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters

Dr. Ilia Xypolia, Department of Politics & International Relations, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Mustafa Yasacan Ph.D Candidate University of Keele, United Kingdom

Filareti Zafiropoulos, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathmetics, University of Patras, Greece

Ali Zalme, PhD candidate (final year ) in Sociology, Department of Health and Social Science, University of the West of England –Bristol, United Kingdom

Charlotta Zettervall, Dr, Department of Social Work, Malmö University, Sweden

 

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Cumhurbaşkanı

Cumhurbaşkanlığı Külliyesi

06560 Beştepe, Ankara, Turkey

January 21, 2016

Re: Concern for Turkish scholars & universities

Your Excellency:

We the undersigned, academics in Universities throughout the globe, many of us engaged in Turkish Studies have been following the developments in Turkey over the past months with considerable concern. The country has been experiencing an escalation of violence between the state and the PKK with scores of civilians bearing the brunt of an undeclared violent conflict in the Southeast. In this climate of polarization the government has displayed intolerance towards criticism and alternative opinions with prime casualties fundamental freedoms and rights. We are seriously concerned about the threats this situation poses to academic freedoms and especially the criminalization of a petition signed by 1128 fellow academics in Turkey calling for peace. We declare that we stand in solidarity with their demand for peace and their freedom of expression. As academics from throughout the world we are extremely disturbed by Turkey’s recent treatment of colleagues that have spoken out against atrocities being committed by the Turkish state in Kurdish populated regions of the country.

1,128 ‘Academics for Peace’ originally signed the statement “We will not be a party to this crime”, calling on the Turkish government to cease hostilities against its own citizens. Since the publication of this statement, these academics have been subject to a sustained campaign of abuse and violence from both the Turkish state and its supporters.

In recent speeches, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has publicly denounced these academics. Subsequently, YÖK, the government agency overseeing Higher Education, and prosecutors have begun proceedings to charge all 1,128 of the original signatories with “propagandising for a terrorist organization” and “overtly insulting the Turkish nation, the State of the Republic of Turkey, Grand National Assembly of Turkey, the Government of Republic of Turkey and the judicial organs of the state”.

This has resulted in several academics being taken into custody under the provisions of anti-terrorism legislation, manuscripts and pcs seized and offices ransacked, sealed and marked with paint to further victimize those who have expressed concern at the Turkish government’s gratuitous use of violence in the Southeast of the country. If convicted of these charges they could face 1-5 years imprisonment. The legitimacy of arrests has already been questioned by prominent legal experts and described as “extra-legal” decisions. Signatories have also been publicly exposed in the press and social media by government supporters and nationalists, leading to fears of reprisals from fascists that have declared they will ‘spill the blood’ of the signatories. Many of the signatories also face disciplinary proceedings and possible sackings from their institutions.

These unjust acts are unfolding in a context of continuing state violence against its own citizens – in December 2015 alone almost 100 civilians were killed as a result of military operations conducted by the Turkish state. Since August 2015 there have been 52 open-ended and round-the-clock curfews imposed on over one million inhabitants in southeast Turkey. In such a context, the clamp down on academic freedom constitutes another moment in the deepening authoritarianism of the Turkish state. This includes attacks on not only academics but also the continuing imprisonment and deaths of journalists, lawyers and activists. Reiterating our concern and affirming our solidarity to our fellow academics in Turkey

1. We call on the Turkish government to withdraw its prosecutions, immediately release all those imprisoned and commit to the principles of academic freedom and free speech.
2. We are determined to support our colleagues who are fired, suspended or subject to disciplinary procedures by their employers through positive action. This will include lobbying to isolate and boycott Higher Education Institutions that take such punitive measures against staff and stifle freedom of expression.
3. We declare our determination to work with our trade unions, professional associations and university authorities to ensure that any such actions by the Turkish government, YÖK and Turkish universities will be monitored and that appropriate responses will be put in place at institution level.
4. We moreover reaffirm the Academics for Peace call on the Turkish government to cease their hostilities against its own citizens.
5. Finally we call our governments to break their guilty silence and complicity vis-a-vis the continued suppression of freedom of speech, academic freedom, the repression and continued state violence in Turkey and to encourage and facilitate negotiations between the belligerent parties to end the vicious circle of violence in the country.

To sign this letter, please send an email to turkishacademicsolidarity@yopmail.com containing your full name, job title and affiliation.

 

Signatories 22 January 2016

Dr Necla Acik, Research Associate, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Dr. Mafalda Ade, Postdoctoral researcher at Université Paris I, La Sorbonne, France

Mariana Gaio Alves, Assistant professor, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Pinar Akcora, Assistant Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, Hoboken, NJ, United States

Francesco Ademollo, Ricercatore, Storia della Filosofia Antica, University of Florence, Italy

Georgios Agelopoulos, Assist. Professor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Nazan Aksan, Assistant Research Professor, University of Iowa, Neurology, United States

Memet Aktürk Drake, PhD, Affiliated researcher, Centre for Research on Bilingualism, Stockholm University, Sweden

Klara Andersson, University College London/ École normale supérieure de Lyon, United Kingdom and France

Massimiliano Andretta, Associate Professor, Department Political Science, University of Pisa, Italy

Nadje Al-Ali, Professor of Gender Studies, Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London, United Kingdom

Jean Maria Arrigo, PhD, American Psychological Association, Division of Peace Psychology, Representative to APA Council, Independent social psychologist and oral historian, United States

Gordon Asher, Learning Developer, University of the West of Scotland, United Kingdom

Lana Askari, PhD Candidate in Social Anthropology with Visual Media, University of Manchester, United KingdomHelen Avery, Teaching staff, Lund University, Sweden

Laure Assaf, PhD candidate, Paris West Nanterre University, France

Osman Aytar, Associate Professor, Malardalen University, Sweden

Pepa Baamonde García, Retired Teacher,Translator, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Feyzi Baban, Associate Professor, Political Studies and International Development, Trent University, Canada

Christopher Ballantine, LG Joel Professor of Music Emeritus, University Fellow, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Dalir Barkhoda, Research assistant, collaborating with Susan Wright, Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark

Rachel Barney, Professor of Philosophy and Classics, Director, Collaborative Programme in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (CPAMP), University of Toronto, Canada

Dr. Walter Bartl, Institut für Soziologie, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

Rainer Bauböck, Chair in social and political theory, European University Institute, Italy

Vedrana Baricevic, Post-doc, research and teaching assistant, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Raffaele Bazurli, PhD Candidate, Scuola Normale Superiore, Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali, Florence, Italy

Stefano Bianchini, Vice-rector’s delegate for the Relations with East European Countries, Professor of East European Politics and History, Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Bologna – Forlì Campus, Italy

Anne Bjerre Christensen, Ph.D., Post doc researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies, Denmark

Paul Black, Doctoral Candidate and Postgraduate Tutor, University of St Andrews, United Kingdom

Sophie Besancenot PhD, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Stefano Bianchini, Professor of East European and Politics, University
of Bologna, Italy

Lic. Phil. Elife Biçer-Deveci, Historian, University of Bern, Switzerland

Edna Bonhomme, MPH, MA, PhD Candidate, Department of History, Princeton University, United States

Suat Bozkuş Yazar, Yeni Özgür Politika, Turkey

Dr. Stefano Braghiroli, Lecturer of European Studies, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu, Estonia

Prof. Dr. Katharina Brizic, University of Freiburg, Germany

George Caffentzis, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Southern Maine, United States

María del Carmen Morris, Retired Lecturer, UCSC, United States

Pietro Castelli Gattinara, Research Fellow, Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence, Italy

Stephen Castles, Research Professor of Sociology, University of Sydney, Australia

Robin Celikates, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Drazen Cepic, Research fellow, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Naima Chahboun, PhD candidate, Department of Political Science, Stockholm University, Sweden

Bharat Chandra Rout, PhD, Consultant – Knowledge Management, Centre of Excellence (A&Y), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), New Delhi, India

Riccardo Emilio Chesta, Phd researcher in Social and Political Sciences, European University Institute – Florence, Italy

Daniela Chironi, PhD researcher, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Thierry Dutoit, Full Professor, University of Mons, Belgium

Srđan Dvornik, independent consultant, Zagreb

Henriette van Eck, PhD, Capitol Hill Center for Therapy, United States

Nikos Christofis, PhD, Leiden University, Netherlands

George Christou, Associate Professor of European Politics and Security, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Emeritus Professor Robin Cohen, Senior Research Fellow, Kellogg College & Associate, Department of International Development, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Matteo Cristofaro, Ph.D. Candidate in Management, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Italy

Gorazd Cvetic, full professor, Dept.of Physics, Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Valparaiso, Chile

Ilke Dagli, Doctoral Researcher at the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Dr. Christine Daigle, Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence, Director, PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities, Director, Posthumanism Research Institute, Professor of Philosophy, Brock University, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Donagh Davis, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Michael Degerald, Visiting Scholar at Lund University Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Sweden and PhD Candidate in Near and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Washington, United States

Dr Lisa M. Dellmuth, Lecturer in comparative politics and international relations, Stockholm University, Sweden

Dan Dennis, Oxford University, United Kingdom

Igor Despot, PhD, independent researcher, Zagreb, Croatia

Ali Diskaya, PhD Candidate, Central European University, Budapest

Wade P. Doorey, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States

Sunčana Doričić, student, CEDIM, Republic of Croatia

Janice Dowell, Associate Professor, Syracuse University, United States

Kyrkos Doxiadis, Professor of Social Theory, University of Athens, Greece

Prof. Emine A. Durakoglu, Stevens Institute of Technology, United States

Turgut Durduran, Professor/Group leader, The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Castelldefels Barcelona, Spain

Henriette van Eck, PhD, Capitol Hill Center for Therapy, United States

Prof. Dr. Julia Eckert, Institut für Sozialanthropologie, Universität Bern, Switzerland

Lina Eklund, Post Doctoral Fellow, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University, Sweden

Baban Eliassi, PhD candidate, Geneva University, Switzerland

Dr. Barzoo Eliassi, senior lecturer, Linnaeus University and associate researcher at Oxford University, Lund University and York University, Sweden

Gretchen Ellefson, PhD Candidate, Northwestern University, United States

Dr. Şeyda Emek, Visiting Scholar, Columbia Unıversity, New York City, United States

Dr. Neil Ewen, Lecturer in Media and Communication, School of Media and Film, University of Winchester, United Kingdom

Gloria Fisk, Assistant Professor of English, Queens College, CUNY, United States

Silvia Federici, Emerita Professor, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, United States

Pierfrancesco Fiorato, Associate Professor of Moral Philosophy, University of Sassari, Italy

Markus Furendal, Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Political Science, Stockholm University, Sweden

Dr. Carlos Garcia Garcia, Associate Professor at Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Valparaiso, Chile

Rein Gerritsen, philosopher of science, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Ibrahim Ghahremani, PhD candidate, Goldsmiths University of London, United Kingdom

Anna Goelnitz, MA Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Candidate Msc. Integrated Water Resources Management, Technical University of Applied Sciences Cologne, Germany and University of Jordan, Jordan

Eric Gordy, Senior Lecturer, University College London

Richard Graham, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Music & Technology, College of Arts & Letters, Stevens Institute of Technology, United States

Rosa Gilbert, PhD Researcher, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Elín Hafsteinsdóttir, PhD Researcher, Department of Political science, Stockholm University, Sweden

Jonathan Ginzburg, Professor of Linguistics, Université Paris-Diderot (Paris 7) and Laboratoire d’Excellence LabEx-EFL, France

Dr Patrick Greenough, Associate Fellow of Arché, and Senior Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, University of St Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom

Dr. Carolina Guzmán Valenzuela, Researcher, Centre for Advanced Research in Education
University of Chile, Chile

Patricio Häberle, Professor of Physics, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile

Bogumila Hall, PhD Researcher, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Sabine Hark, Professor for Gender Studies, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Grahame Hayes, Honorary research associate, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Kirsten Hempkin M.A., Language lector, Faculty of Arts, University of Maribor, Slovenia

Selim Heper, PhD Student, The New School for Social Research, NY, United States

Lisa Herzog, Postdoctoral researcher, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany

Helge Hiram Jensen, Researcher, European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre, Italy and Associate Professor, methodology, Kristiania University College, Dept. of Creativity & Innovation, Norway.

Dr. Henio Hoyo, Post-Doctoral Fellow, German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg / Berlin, Germany

Swen  Hutter,  Research Fellow,  European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Vicky Iakovou, Lecturer in political philosophy, University of the Aegean, Greece

Gregoris Ioannou, Dr-adjunct lecturer, Frederick University Cyprus and University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Carrie Ichikawa Jenkins, Canada Research Chair and Professor of Philosophy, University of British Columbia, Canada

Petya Ilieva-Trichkova, Assistant, Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Mary Janell Metzger, Professor, Western Washington University, Bellingham, United States

Martin Joormann, PhD Candidate in Sociology of Law, Sociology of Law Department, Lund University, Sweden

Irini Kakoulidou, Doctoral Candidate, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, United Kingdom

Nurten Karakaş, Stiftung Universität Hildesheim/ Zentrum für Bildungsintegration
University of Hildesheim/ Center for Inclusion and Democracy in Education at the University of Hildesheim, Germany

Victor Kennedy, University of Maribor, Slovenia

Milad Khaledyan, PhD Candidate, Louisiana State University, United States

Dr. Paul Kimmel, Retired, Past President, Psychologists for Social Responsibility, Past President, Division of Peace Psychology of the American Psychological Association, US Citizen now residing in Panama

Friderik Klampfer, PhD, Associate professor of philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Maribor, Slovenia

Katarina Kolozova PhD, Professor of philosophy, Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

Viktor Koska, MSc in Forced migration, Deputy Head of the CEDIM, Centre for the Study of ethnicity citizenship and migration (CEDIM), Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Prof. Jasna Koteska, Ph.D., Full Professor of Literature, Gender Studies and Theoretical Psychoanalysis, University Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

Alicia Kozma, Ph.D. Candidate, Institute of Communications Research, Instructor, Media and Cinema Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana, United States

Max Kölbel, ICREA Research Professor, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

Joakim Kreutz, Assistant Professor at (1) Department of Political Science, Stockholm University and (2) Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University. Sweden

Dejan Krsic, professor, Department of Visual Communications, Arts Academy Split, Croatia

Işıl Kurnaz, Lund University Law Faculty Master Student, Sweden

Regina Day Langhout, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz, United States

Lynne Layton, Ph.D., Psychoanalyst/Psychologist, Harvard Medical School, United States

Kimberly Latta, Ph.D., Independent Scholar, United States

Catherine Legg, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Waikato, New Zealand

R.J. Leland, Postdoctoral Fellow, Australian National University, Australia

Sherry C.M. Lindquist, Western Illinois University, United States

Winnifred Louis, Deputy Head of School (Research), School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Autralia

Rebecca Lund, postdoc, Educational Anthropology, DPU, Aarhus University, Copenhagen, Denmark

Dr. Lena Lybaek, Associate professor, University College of Southeast Norway, Drammen, Norway.

Rouli Lykogianni, Lecturer, National Technical University of Athens- Department of Urban and Regional Studies, Greece

Robin Lynn Treptow, PhD , Doctoral student, Fielding Graduate University, United States

Dr Conor McHugh, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

Dr. Eva Mackey, Associate Professor, School of Canadian Studies. Carleton University. Ottawa, Canada

Prof. Dr. Maureen Maisha Eggers, Professorin für Kindheit und Differenz (Diversity Studies), Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal / Standort Stendal, Germany

Giulio Marini, PhD, Post Doc Researcher at Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Institute of Human and Social Sciences, Italy

Dr. Kamran Matin, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Department of International Relations, Sussex University, United Kingdom

Adèle Mercier, Associate Professor, Dept of Philosophy, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada

Helene Moglen Professor, Literature University of California Santa Cruz, United States

Dr. des. Johanna Mugler, Assistentin, Institut für Sozialanthropologie, Universität Bern, Switzerland

Barbara Müller, Freie Waldorfschule Eckernförde, Fachbereich Kunst und Musik, Germany

Prof. Dr. H.C. Mult, Dean of the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Director of Centre of Social Movements Studies, Scuola normale superior, Firenze, Italy

Suna Mutlugünes M.Ed. Teacher – University of Bremen, Germany

Mirjana Najcevska, Professor on Human rights, Institute for sociological, political and juridical research, University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” – Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

Dr. Maria Nikolakaki, Associate Professor, University of Peloponnese, Greece

Dr. Jessica Northey, Research Associate, Coventry University, United Kingdom

Alidost Numan, Doctoral Candidate, University of Chicago, United States

Dr Francis O’Connor, Research Associate, Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence, Italy

Professor Pat O’Connor, Department of Sociology, University of Limerick,  Limerick, Ireland

Robert L. Ostergard, Jr., Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Nevada, Reno, United States

Brad Olson, Associate Professor, National Louis University – Chicago, United States

Hedvig Örden, PhD Candidate, Stockholm University, Sweden

Stanimir Panayotov, PhD Candidate, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Professor Iskra Panovska-Dimkova, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University – Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

Dr. Ilya Parkins, Associate Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies, University of British Columbia, Canada

Joakim Parslow, Associate Professor, University of Oslo, Oslo Norway

Susan N. Perkins, Ph.D., LPC, LAMFT, Associate Professor of Counselor Education, Northwest Nazarene University, USA

Francesco Piraino, PhD Candidate in Sociology, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa-Firenze, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales Paris, Italy and France

Lucija Plavčak, Professor of Elementary education, Slovenia

Ruby Rich, Professor of Film and Digital Media, University of California, Santa Cruz, United States

Nancy Ries, Professor of Anthropology and Peace and Conflict Studies, Colgate University, United States

Anastasia Politou, Associate Professor, Laboratory of Biological Chemistry, Medical School
University of Ioannina, Greece

Craig Reinarman, Professor of Sociology, University of California Santa Cruz, United States

Dr Marcus Rossberg, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Connecticut, United States

USA Kathleen Ryan, PhD Philosophy, City University of New York Graduate Center, United States

Professor Jennifer Saul, Department of Philosophy, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

Andreas Schedler, Professor of Political Science, CIDE, Mexico City, Mexico

Amy M. Schmitter, Professor of Philosophy, University of Alberta, Canada

Liesbeth Schoonheim, PhD fellow, Institute of Philosophy, Leuven,Belgium

Katrine Scott, PhD student, Department of Gender Studies, Lund University, Sweden

Huseyin Sevim, Ph.D., Political Science, Lecturer, Université Jean Monet St-Etienne, France

Ruihua Shen, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Chinese Studies, Moreouse College, United States

Lisa Sigl, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Dortmund, Germany

Jonas Sjölander, PhD, senior lecturer, History, SOL-Middle East Studies, Lund University , Sweden

Karla Škorjanc, Student, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Lisa Shapiro, Professor, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Spyros A. Sofos, Researcher, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University, Sweden

Dr. Valerij Sofronievski, PhD, Professor of Classics, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Republic of Macedonia

Dr Vicki Squire, Associate Professor of International Security, Associate Editor, Citizenship Studies, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Yannis Sygkelos, DEI College (University of London International Programmes), Greece and United Kingdom

David Stodolsky, PhD, Institute for Social Informatics, Copenhagen NV, Denmark

Helga Tawil-Souri, Associate Professor, New York University, United States

Dr. Thomas Teo, Professor, History and Theory of Psychology, Department of Psychology, York University, Ontario, Canada

Nikos Theotokas, Professor of History, Panteion University, Athens, Greece

Diana Tietjens Meyers, Professor Emerita of Philosophy, University of Connecticut, Storrs, United States

John Tirman, Executive Director & Principal Research Scientist, Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States

Gavan Titley, Lecturer in Media Studies, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland

Mari Toivanen, PhD, Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher, Division of Sociology, University of Turku, Finland

Dr.Ertug Tombus, Adj. Assistant Professor of Political Science, Western Connecticut State University, United States Bilge Yesil, Associate Professor, City University of New York, United States

Dr Zaneta Trajkoska, Director, School of Journalism and Public Relations, Institute of Communication Studies, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

Hans-Jörg Trenz, Professor, Centre for Modern European Studies and Dept. of Media, Cognition, and Communication, Uni. of Copenhagen, Denmark

Anna Triandafyllidou, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Cameron Tribe, Senior English Instructor, Business English in Istanbul, Turkey

Roza Tsagarousianou, Reader in Communication and Media Studies, CAMRI, University of Westminster, United Kingdom

Saadet Türkmen, Research Assistant, University of Berne, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. Biljana Vankovska, Faculty of Philosophy, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

Dr. Eugenia Vathakou, Visiting Lecturer, Department of Political Science & IR, University of Peloponnese

Alana M. Vincent, Senior Lecturer in Jewish Studies, University of Chester, United Kingdom

Dr. Julia Welland, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Dr Georgie Wemyss, Senior Research Fellow, CMRB, University of East London, United Kingdom
Aniello Verde, Ph.D. candidate, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Dr. Robin Westmacott, C.Psych., Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Health Psychology, College of Medicine, University of Manitoba & Shared Mental Health Care, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Manitoba, Canada

Nick Wiltsher, Post-doctoral fellow in philosophy, UFRGS, Brazil

Susan Wright, Professor of Educational Anthropology, Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Copenhagen, Denmark and Member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters

Dr. Ilia Xypolia, Department of Politics & International Relations, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Mustafa Yasacan Ph.D Candidate University of Keele, United Kingdom

Filareti Zafiropoulos, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathmetics, University of Patras, Greece

Ali Zalme, PhD candidate (final year ) in Sociology, Department of Health and Social Science, University of the West of England –Bristol, United Kingdom

Charlotta Zettervall, Dr, Department of Social Work, Malmö University, Sweden