Turkey’s dismissed academics take to streets

Dr. Süreyya Karacabey lectures at the third street-academy in Ankara.

Academics removed from their positions by government issued decree laws continue taking to the streets.

The ‘Street Academy’, formed by academics expelled from their positions, convened in a park in Ankara today. The title of the third-park lecture, chaired by Dr. Süreyya Karacabey was ‘Epic Intervention’.

“Being today has an important symbolic meaning. I had more students here than I do in our small theatre. I am very happy to be here,” Karacabey told reporters.

Academics participating in the project have criticised the suppression of academia in Turkey and said they decided to take the academy to the streets to continue producing knowledge.

More than 600 academics were dismissed from their jobs with the latest decree law on 6 January, taking the total to 6,986 since July’s failed coup attempt in Turkey.