Monday, 12 June 2017

Academic freedom and international cooperation at risk: Turkey and beyond

The Right Livelihood College at ZEF and BICC invite to a joint public panel discussion with Özgür Mumcu (Cumhuriyet) and Stephan Geifes (DAAD) on 21 June at ZEF. The discussion will be moderated by Markus Rudolf (BICC).

Academic freedom and international cooperation have been increasingly at risk in Turkey in the last years. University Deans, Professors and other scientists were forced to step down, a travel ban was imposed on many academics, and Turkish scientists working abroad were pressured to return to Turkey. Many journalists and newspaper editors have been detained and harassed, particularly since the coup attempt last year. How do Universities, editors and journalists deal with these restrictions on and hindrance of their work? How do they work despite these conditions? What are the mid- and long-term perspectives? These issues, among others, will be tackled in the panel discussion.

About the speakers:

Dr. Özgür Mumcu is a journalist working for Cumhuriyet newspaper, which was awarded the “Alternative Nobel Prize”, the Right Livelihood Award,  in 2016. He is also an author and researcher at the Faculty of Law, Galatasaray University, in Istanbul, Turkey.

Dr. Stephan Geifes is Head of Division Transnational Education and Cooperation Programmes of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Date: Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Time: 17.00-18.00 hrs

Venue: Center for Development Research (ZEF), Walter-Flex-Straße 3, 53113 Bonn, ground floor, conference room.

Please note that registration with presse.zef(at) by 16 June 2017 is required!

(By participating in the talk on 21 June you agree that any photo of you taken at the event may be used in the organizers' social media and print publications.)

Invitation (pdf)