On 27 January 2016, the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Politica Science hosted a panel discussion titled “Emergencies of Peace: The Exceptional State of (Academic) Affairs in Contemporary Turkey.” This panel was organized by the Internationalism, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Solidarity (ICPS) research group led by Ayça Çubukçu, Assistant Professor in Human Rights at LSE, and a co-editor of Jadaliyya`s Turkey Page. The panel addressed the legal and extra-legal persecution of more than 1000 academics in Turkey for having signed a peace petition. The various panelists situated this attack on academics within a wider political and historical context. Subjects discussed included the collapse of the peace process in Turkey and current developments in Cizre and beyond, as well as the history of Academics for Peace—the group that had organized the peace petition.
Emergencies of Peace: The Exceptional State of (Academic) Affairs in Contemporary Turkey
- Dr. Ayça Çubukçu, Assistant Professor in Human Rights, Centre for the Study of Human Rights / Department of Sociology, LSE (chair)
- Professor David Graeber, Department of Anthropology, LSE
- Dr. Derya Bayir, Visiting Scholar, Centre for Culture and Law, Queen Mary School of Law
- Dr. Nazan Ustundag, Bogaziçi University, Turkey (via Skype)
Organized by the Internationalism, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Solidarity (ICPS) Research Group at London School of Economics and Political Science.