ISPP Support for Scholars Under Threat
ISPP established a committee to monitor and coordinate ISPP actions to support members whose academic freedom is under threat. If you want to participate, please contact the Central Office via e-mail.
ISPP's Scholars Under Threat Fund
If you enjoy academic freedom and the chance to do the research you think is important, please support your colleagues whose academic freedom is in jeopardy.
To provide financial support for these colleagues, ISPP has established the Scholars under Threat Fund. The funds have been collected through a donation drive among ISPP membership and matched funding from ISPP. Several sister organizations generously offered support by sharing the ISPP call for donations among their membership.
Donations made to ISPP ‘s Scholars Under Threat Fund are currently used to help support academic scholars in Turkey who have been impacted by the recent actions of the country's government (see below for more information).
Consider some of the expenses that your contribution can cover:
If you wish to donate, please click here. ISPP Members, please log in on the first tab. Non-members, please use the "create an account" tab to enable us to process your donation.
ISPP's Executive Committee has designated the Scholars Under Threat Committee to determine the distribution of funds collected specifically for this purpose.
ISPP is a 501(c3) charitable organization, and all donations are tax-deductible for people filing income tax in the U.S.
Applications for ISPP’s Scholars Under Threat Funds Now Being Accepted
Donations made to ISPP‘s Scholars Under Threat Fund are currently used to help support academic scholars in Turkey who have been impacted by the recent actions of the country's government.
It is possible to request funds for immediate emergency support for personal living needs. The funds may also be used to cover research costs to conduct research in Turkey, covering travel and living expenses to visit colleagues and universities outside Turkey to collaborate for research, and to organize for foreign scholars to travel to Turkey to conduct joint research to support applicant’s scholar activities (foreign scholars are expected to have their own research funds, but additional funds can be sought to keep local scholars research active or for capacity building). Applications from prior recipients are welcome.
CURRENTLY APPLICATIONS FOR EMERGENCY RELIEF ARE GIVEN PRIORITY.
Funding applications are capped at $1,000 USD for emergency relief.
Changes in funding priorities will be announced here.
ISPP's Executive Committee has designated the Scholars Under Threat Committee to assess applications and make the funding decisions. All applications will be kept confidential.
Please click here for the application form.
Please return the application form to the ISPP Central Office.
Academic Freedom Under Threat in Turkey
Over the past three years, there has been an ongoing threat to Academic Freedom in Turkey, as the government has forced the dismissal of thousands of scholars at all levels of their careers in retaliation for perceived challenges to the ruling party and president. In particular, more than one thousand academicians signed a January 2016 Peace Petition, calling for an end to war in the Kurdish region, and a negotiated settlement. Following an attempted coup in July 2016, the government has aggressively moved to charge many of the signatories with crimes, and has been holding trials for more than a year.
Free one-year ISPP membership for dismissed/displaced colleagues in Turkey
ISPP is committed to keeping colleagues from Turkey connected to the international community of political psychologists. Therefore, ISPP offers free one-year ISPP membership for colleagues in/from Turkey who have been dismissed or politically displaced and are currently not in a fully compensated academic position, regardless of where they are currently living. For more information, please contact the ISPP Central Office.
International Delegations Observing Court Hearings in Turkey/Articles
ISPP has supported scholars under threat in Turkey for the past few years, including visits of several observation teams to Istanbul. Their reports can be found here:
Updates by our colleagues in Turkey
Special Statements by ISPP and Other Organizations
Emails to our Membership
Academic Freedom Under Threat in Hungary
Universities and academic institutions in Hungary have been under a lot of pressure in recent years as the government enacted various laws and regulations that threaten academic freedom and autonomy of these institutions.
Uncertain Future of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS)
In 2019 the Hungarian government threatened to implement a new financing structure for HAS that would lead to the destruction of many of its research institutions. This long-standing independent academic institution currently resists these changes.
Gender Studies Under Threat in Hungary
ISPP's leadership has been following the proposal by the Hungarian government to ban gender studies programs at the country’s universities, and they drafted a statement that was sent to the Hungarian government.
ISPP Supports CEU
The government of Hungary has made legislative changes that threaten the academic freedom of students, teachers, and scholars at the Central European University (CEU) and the very future of the University itself. In 2017, ISPP's leadership drafted a letter of support for academic freedom at CEU.
Academic Freedom Under Threat in Palestine
Foreign university professors at Birzeit university have had their visas denied and are unable to leave Palestine, or if they leave they will no longer be able to go back.
Resources on How to Host Scholars Under Threat
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