Global Attack on Academia: examples from Turkey, Egypt, China/Asia, India, and the UK

Hosted by LSE Library, LSE Human Rights and LSE Centre for Contemporary Turkish Studies

Auditorium, Basement, Centre Building


Dr Lori Allen

Ahmed Ezzat

Professor Esra Özyürek

Dr Seçkin Sertdemir Özdemir

Professor Hyun Bang Shin & Dr Subir Sinha


Dr Monika Krause

This event explores how thousands of academics from Syria, Turkey, China/Asia and Egypt are today deserting their homeland in search of intellectual refuge in Western universities while attacks against academic freedoms are intensified in Europe and the UK. 

Lori Allen is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at SOAS.

Ahmed Ezzat is a PhD candidate at Cambridge and a human rights lawyer.

Esra Özyürek is Chair for Contemporary Turkish Studies in the European Institute at LSE.

Seçkin Sertdemir Özdemir is Fellow in Contemporary Turkish Studies in the European Institute at LSE.

Hyun Bang Shin is Director of the Saw Swee Hock South Asia Centre and Professor of Geography and Urban Studies at LSE.

Subir Sinha is Senior Lecturer at SOAS

Monika Krause is Associate Professor in Sociology, Co-Director of LSE Human Rights, Department of Sociology LSE.

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