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27 décembre 2011 2 27 /12 /décembre /2011 09:22

Dear Friends and Colleagues in North America,


We are writing to invite you to participate in a collaborative effort to address growing violations of academic freedom in Turkey, whereby larger problems with freedom of expression and association are crystallized. Threats to the free pursuit of academic research, teaching, translation, and publication in Turkey have intensified especially since 2009. The rights to freedom of expression and association are increasingly violated through repressive governmental measures, giving rise to what PEN American Center President Kwame Anthony Appiah has recently characterized as “a decline in the climate of free expression in Turkey after several years of hopeful developments.” Under the pretext of counter-terrorism operations, countless academics, students, translators, lawyers, and journalists have been arbitrarily arrested, putting severe pressures on academic liberty and freedom of research.


While the Republic of Turkey is portrayed as a democratic model to follow in the context of the Arab Spring, the current predicament of academic, civil, and political liberties in Turkey reveals that such promotions are misleading. Within the context of popular democratic aspirations that are proliferating across the Mediterranean, we feel that there is a growing need to create venues for sharing information and producing research regarding the authoritarian threats to intellectual activity in Turkey.

Inspired by the call of our colleagues in France who have constituted Groupe International de Travail, GIT, we have decided to form the North American node of a transnational working group that aims to raise awareness and offer documentation on “Academic Liberty and Freedom of Research in Turkey.”


Hence, our invitation: please consider joining our efforts in GIT-North America, which is currently in the process of articulating its goals and scope. If interested, you could reach us at gitamerica@yahoo.com and join our growing network. If you prefer to just follow our work, please visit GIT-North America’s blog and "like"  GIT Initiative's Facebook page.

 

We would also like to remind you that GIT Initiative in France will make public on January 1, 2012 a new list of colleagues worldwide who have added their signatures to the inaugural declaration for Academic Liberty and Freedom of Expression in Turkey. If you wish to sign the declaration, GIT website includes practical information and addresses for your reference. An expanded list of signatures will be published on January 15, 2012.

 
In solidarity,

GIT-North America

 

Contact persons:

 

Baki Tezcan

Associate Professor of History & Religious Studies,

University of California

E-mail: btezcan@ucdavis.edu

 

Evren Savci 

Postdoctoral Fellow

The Sexualities Project at Northwestern

Sociology & Gender Studies

E-mail: e-savci@northwestern.edu

 

 

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Site De Git France (Groupe International De Travail)

L'initiative GIT

GIT France est la branche française du

Groupe de travail international (GIT)

« Liberté de recherche et d’enseignement en Turquie », une initiative internationale d’universitaires, de chercheurs, d’étudiants, de traducteurs et d’éditeurs née à Paris le 21 novembre 2011

 

sites d’nformations globales :

www.gitiniative.com

http://www.facebook.com/pages/GIT-Initiative/288505904533560?ref=ts

   

Branches du GIT dans de nombreux pays :

Branche en France : www.gitfrance.fr

info.gitfrance@gmail.com

Branche en Amérique du Nord : http://gitamerica.blogspot.com/

gitamerica@yahoo.com

 

Branche au Royaume-Uni : Dr. Cengiz Gunes (cgunes07@gmail.com); Dr. Derya Bayir (deryabayir@gmail.com); Dr. Prakash Shah ( prakash.shah@qmul.ac.uk); Dr. Kerem Oktem (kerem.oktem@sant.ac..uk)

 

Branche en Suisse :

info@sfst.ch 

 

Branche en Turquie :  http://gitturkiye.com/  

Dr. Zeynep Gambetti (zgambetti@gmail.com) ; Dr. Nesrin Uçarlar (nesrinucarlar@gmail.com)

 

Branche en Allemagne : http://gitgermany.wordpress.com/

gitgermany@yahoo.de

 

Branche en Grèce : Vasiliki Petsa (bisiapetsa@hotmail.com)

 

Branche en Italie : http://gititalia.wordpress.com/

git.italia@gmail.com

Recherche

Pour suivre l'actualité des libertés en Turquie

http://www.susam-sokak.fr/ (Blog d'Etienne Copeaux, historien de la Turquie)

http://istanbul.blog.lemonde.fr/ (Blog de Guillaume Perrier, correspondant du Monde en Turquie)

http://turquieeuropeenne.eu/ (site d'actualité et de traductions d'articles)

https://akgonul.wordpress.com/2011/12/ (Blog de Samim Agkönül, historien et politiste)

http://www.imprescriptible.fr/  (sur le génocide arménien)

(liste non exhaustive)

GITinitiative

 

 

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