Chill is felt at Turkish universities after academics purged

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Humeyra Pamuk and Ece Toksabay, Reuters

Standing at a blackboard in an Ankara park, Sevilay Celenk delivers her lecture, titled: "Resisting with Stories". Several hundred students huddle in heavy coats against winter cold to listen as she describes the fears and struggles that echo through literature across societies.

This small amphitheatre has become her unofficial classroom since she was fired from her post as a media and communications lecturer at Ankara University, one of nearly 5,000 academics dismissed following July's failed army coup.

'Simply cruel': Renowned professor hits out at purge of Turkish universities

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Suraj Sharma, www.middleeasteye.net

ISTANBUL, Turkey – Korkut Boratav has seen government purges gut three generations of Turkey's universities over the last 70 years. 

The retired economics professor's father, Pertev Naili Boratav, a renowned historian, was forced out of Istanbul university in 1948 for his views. He himself was dismissed from Ankara university in 1983 after the military coup. And last week, the 82-year-old's former assistant, Nilgun Erdem, was sacked.

Academia In Turkey Faces ‘Cleansing, Political Vandalization And Intellectual ‘Desertification’

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Yavuz Baydar, Huffington Post

When I heard the news on late Tuesday night, I did not know who to pity more than the other. I knew a few of the victims, but the first one I thought was a soft-spoken, elderly gentleman; Prof İbrahim Kaboğlu, from Marmara University, a top Turkish expert on constitution and law.

His civil courage has remained a contrast with his mild manners: he is one of the flag bearers of those who against all odds defend the value of the rule of law. Tuesday night, this senior scholar from Istanbul was ‘awarded’ by being fired, in a most arbitrary way.

Dismissed academics beaten by police in Turkey

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The Education and Science Worker’s Union (Egitim-Sen) organised a meeting at Ankara University under the name of “no, we are not leaving” protesting dismissals of academics by the decree laws published on Friday. However, the police and the security officers did not let the academics enter the university. On the insistence of the academics and students to go in, the police intervened and arrested several protesters.

Turkey sacks 115 ‘academics for peace’ with latest decree law

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A new decree law ordering the dismissal of 4,464 public servants was issued by the Turkish government on Tuesday; the dismissals included 330 academics.

It has emerged that half of the 330 academics purged with the new decree law signed the peace declaration criticising curfews in predominantly Kurdish southeastern districts in 2015 and early 2016.