Academy freedom posts

EISA statement on academic freedom and Palestine

As an academic association representing scholars of international relations the EISA wishes to express its growing concern with the repeated and flagrant attacks on the academic freedom of scholars working on issues related to Palestine-Israel, the ongoing violence across Palestine, and questions of genocide. These are all issues of scholarly concern to many of our […]

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EISA Governing Board Statement on attacks on higher education and academic freedom in Palestine

The European International Studies Association is committed to upholding academic freedom including the ability of academics to work and students to learn in safety. The EISA therefore condemns in the strongest possible terms the destruction of the Islamic University of Gaza and Al-Azhar University in Gaza. The total destruction of both universities means the elimination […]

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EISA Governing Board Statement on the cancellation of Dr Walaa Alqaisiya’s talk at the Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies, Vienna

The European International Studies Association (EISA) expresses urgent concern for another egregious violation of Academic Freedom against a Palestinian academic in Europe.  Dr Walaa Alqaisiya was scheduled to speak at the Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies on 30 May as part of its Spring Curatorial Program 2022, Art Geographies. This event is jointly […]

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EISA Governing Board Statement on the Invasion of Ukraine

As a professional association representing International Relations communities across the world, we are deeply concerned about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. We regard and condemn the Russian Government’s action as an act of aggression and extend our solidarity to all those who are affected by the violence.   In addition to the unacceptable human cost of […]

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The investigation of Shahd Abusalama and cancellation of the class she was scheduled to teach

Dear Professor Sir Chris Husbands,We write on behalf of the board of the European International Studies Association(EISA) to express our concern about the suspension of Shahd Abusalama from herteaching post at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU). Her suspension followed aracialised smear campaign, including defamatory accusations of antisemitism and theuse of the IHRA working definition of antisemitism […]

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EISA Governing Board Statement on Academic Freedom Concerns at University of Glasgow

The European International Studies Association (EISA) is concerned about the violations of Academic Freedom at the University of Glasgow against Dr Somdeep Sen, Associate Professor of International Development Studies at Roskilde University. We stand in solidarity with the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) who have written to the University of Glasgow about this case. The […]

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Statement on adopting the IHRA definition at UK Universities and worldwide

The European International Studies Association (EISA) is a leading academic organisation for the study of International Relations and Global Politics. The EISA is deeply concerned with the adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism at universities worldwide and the current external pressure for the acceptance of the definition at UK […]

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Statement by the EISA board on threats to academic freedom in India and Kashmir

The European International Studies Association (EISA) condemns the recent incidents of violence targeted at students and faculty in Indian Universities, including Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University. We are grievously concerned about the physical safety of students and members of the academic community, and call upon the relevant authorities to uphold and […]

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