Higher Education and Academic Freedom in Turkey: Boğaziçi Yesterday and Today 

Higher Education and Academic Freedom in Turkey:
Boğaziçi Yesterday and Today 

A Zoom panel by former and current Boğaziçi professors


Monday, February 15
12 pm EST, 9 am PST, 8 pm Istanbul
 

The Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association and MESA are co-sponsoring a Zoom panel on the situation at Boğaziçi University. Former and current Boğaziçi professors will discuss the state of higher education in Turkey by reflecting on the past of Boğaziçi University and analyzing the recent events that have been unfolding since the appointment of a new university president on January 1 and the establishment of two new colleges on February 5, both by unilateral midnight decrees issued by President Erdoğan without any consultation. To register for the panel, go here

Chairing the panel is Laurie Brand (Robert Grandford Wright Professor of International Relations and Middle East Studies, University of Southern California and Chair, MESA Committee on Academic Freedom). The panelists, in alphabetical order of their last names are:

  • Mert Arslanalp (Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Boğaziçi University)
  • Zeynep Atay (Professor of Chemistry, Boğaziçi University)
  • Mine Eder (Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Boğaziçi University)
  • Edhem Eldem (Professor of History, Boğaziçi University)
  • Üstün Ergüder (President Emeritus, Boğaziçi University; Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Relations, Boğaziçi University and Sabancı University)
  • Ersin Kalaycıoğlu (Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Relations, Boğaziçi University and Sabancı University)
  • Kemal Kirişci (Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Relations, Boğaziçi University)
  • Binnaz Toprak (Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Relations, Boğaziçi University and Bahçeşehir University; Member of Parliament, 2011-15)

Boğaziçi professors turning their backs to the office of the Rectorate in protest of the arrest of 159  students on February 1. A new Rector was appointed to Boğaziçi on January 1 by a Presidential Decree without any consultation with the Boğaziçi faculty. Photo credit: The Turkish daily Cumhuriyet (February 2).

Boğaziçi professors turning their backs to the office of the Rectorate in protest of the arrest of 159 students on February 1. A new Rector was appointed to Boğaziçi on January 1 by a Presidential Decree without any consultation with the Boğaziçi faculty. Photo credit: The Turkish daily Cumhuriyet (February 2). 

MESA's Committee on Academic Freedom has recently sent four letters (February 9, February 4, January 20, January 7) to President Erdoğan about the Turkish government’s politically motivated decision to alter the university’s academic structure.

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