International Forum

Freedom of Research

16-18 November, 2017

Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7, France

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David Adler, sociologist, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, member of the Research Training Group „Self-Making” in Oldenburg. He will examine how freedom of research is historically and philosophically justified, problematizing an anti-political understanding of the concept in post-68 Germany.


Fulya Atacan, professor of Political Science and International Relations. She works on social change, religious organizations and religion and State in the Middle East.


Gözde Aytemur, research assistant at Galatasaray University, Department of Sociology and Ph.D. candidate at ENS-Cachan. She works on sociology of law through analysis of forensic professions and transformation of legal institutions as a result of neoliberal politics in Turkey.


Anna Biselli, information scientist and journalist at netzpolitik.org. She works on digital civil liberty and surveillance.


Tomislav Bogdan, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Zagreb. He is a literary historian who specializes in the area of Croatian and European Early Modern literature. During the past 18 months, he and a group of colleagues have coordinated an active and successful resistance against threats to the secular character of higher education with fears of clientelism and institutional abuse. One aspect of this resistance was the Open Letter in Solidarity with the Students and Professors of the Zagreb Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, signed by numerous eminent intellectuals from around the world.


Maddalena Gretel Cammelli, anthropologist, research fellow at the Bologna University, member of the research network Osservatorio per la libertà di ricerca sui fascismi di ieri e di oggi. She studies neo-fascism in Italy and has published "Fascistes du troisième millénaire. Un phénomène italien?" (éditions Mimésis, 2017).


Christine Castejon, philosopher and work analyst. Christine Castejon bases her work on the understanding that all human beings are beings of activity, i.e. centers of evaluation and judgement, carriers of knowledge and experience. She has initiated with others a series of meetings called Étonnants travailleurs, voyage au cœur de l'activité (Surprising workers. A voyage into the heart of activity) in order to explore the idea that speaking about our "activity" (in a sense to be defined during the Forum) deconstructs frontiers.


Sarah Caunes is a PHD candidate at University Paris 8 and University Mimar Sinan (Istanbul). She works on the struggles of political prisoners in Turkish prisons. She also has been a member of a student solidarity network in Turkey.


Danièle Clavel, French agronom and genitician at Cirad. She works on biodiversity and knowledge exchange in rural Africa, and is the author of "Knowledge and rural developpement, dialogue at the heart of innovation".


Fabrice Flipo, philosopher, LCSP, Paris Diderot, France. Fabrice Flipo is a French philosopher who specialises in ecological issues. His most recent publication is "Décroissance, ici et maintenant!".


Form, Rapper, HipHop activist and founder of FICKO. the magazine for good things and against bad ones (in German mostly), aspiring to be a platform beyond traditional journalistic boundaries, addressing the authoritarian turn, racism, sexism and antisemitism, and seeking to shift the current defensive mode of discourse to a constructive debate on how we as society want to live and how we can achieve it.


Julian Hamann, sociologist, Forum Internationale Wissenschaft, Bonn, is working on the sociology of higher education and the sociology of science.


Margaret Janz, is the scholarly communication and data curation librarian at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a partner on the Data Refuge project, which seeks to advocate for and ensure continued access to federal information.


Zeynep Kıvılcım is an associate professor of public international law. She taught law and gender, international human rights law and critical approaches to public international law at Istanbul University between 2000 and 2016. She is dismissed by a state of emergency decree-law on 29th of October 2016. Following her dismissal, she has been a Project Fellow at Humboldt University in Berlin. She taught at Gottingen University and at Humboldt University courses on gender, forced migration and Syrian refugee 'crisis'. She is a Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute for Advanced Study Berlin) fellow starting from September 2017.


Aude Lapprand, Sciences citoyennes, Paris, France. After a PhD in chemistry, Aude Lapprand now works for the association "Sciences citoyennes", a French organization that promote the implication of the citizens in science. She works in particular on the responsibility of researchers.


Sylvain Laurens, sociologist, EHESS, Paris, France. Sylvain Laurens is a French sociologist working on the rights of researchers and their political implications. He is the co-author, with Frédéric Neyrat, of "Enquêter, de quel droit?".


Kolja Lindner, lecturer in political theory at University Paris 8. Since working on his PhD, Kolja Lindner has been part of different anti-casualisation initiatives and higher education unions in Germany, France and the United Kingdom.


Laura Lohéac, Director of the PAUSE program (Programme national d'aide à l'Accueil en Urgence des Scientifiques en Exil), Collège de France.


Alison Macrina, American librarian and internet activist. She is the founder and director of the Library Freedom Project, dedicated to help librarians and library users protect themselves against surveillance and online tracking.


Jens Maeße, sociologist and discourse analyst, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, works on the sociology of economic experts and the sociology of science.


Eric Marlière, professor at Université de Lille, sociologist and researcher at CeRIES. Eric Marlière is working on the phenomenon of salafism and jihadist radicalisation in France.


Laurent Martin, professor for history and cultural mediation at the New Sorbonne University (Paris 3). His works cover, among other things, the history of human rights and the freedom of expression as well as the epistemology of history. He will examine practices of (auto-)censorship in historical research from a comparative perspective


Christian Martinez-Perez, sociologist, University of Reims Champagne Ardenne, France. Christian Martinez-Perez studies professional socialization and is also insterested in how the "convention CIFRE" funds research, its effects on the research and the strategies developed by the researchers involved.


José Lopez Mazz, anthropologist, Universidad de Montevideo, Uruguay. José Lopez Mazz is an Uruguayan anthropologist. He worked in a team of legist anthropologists, searching for the bodies of the "disappeared" after the military dictatorship in Uruguay.


Norma Michi, professor at the Universidad Nacional de Luján, is director of the research program "Popular Education with Social Organizations" and works on and with the "landless" movement (sem terra) and the MOCASE movement (Mouvement paysan de Santiago del Estero-Voie paysanne).


Leïla Miñano, French journalist having worked in different countries and for several French newspapers (Le Point, Paris Match or Politis). She is now a member of Youpress, an independent group of journalists.


Marwan Mohammed, sociologist, Center Maurice Halbwachs-CNRS, France. Marwan Mohammed is the author of the article « Qui protège les chercheurs de la surveillance de l'Etat? » (Libération), and participated in the radio program "Faut-il un secret des sources pour les chercheurs en sciences sociales?" (France Culture).


Daniel Munier, is Director of Advocacy at Scholars at Risk. He participated in the elaboration of the 2017 Free to Think report, part of SAR's Academic Freedom Monitoring Project:



Diego Paredes, postdoctoral research fellow in political theory, CONICET, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina. Phd in political philosophy, Universidad Nacional de Colombia-Université Paris Diderot. Diego Paredes' research is closely linked to the Colombian peace process and he has been involved in several popular and grassroot initiatives in Colombia related to the peace process and to the construction of a more inclusive and democratic culture.


Jhon Picard Byron, anthropologist, was directing the LADIREP research unit at the University of the State of Haïti. Thanks to a fellowship from the Scholars Rescue Fund, he is now a visiting researcher at the URMIS laboratory at the University of Paris Diderot. He will discuss the political obstacles that researchers are confronted with in Haïti.


Dilnur Polat, Uyghur sociologist, Lecturer at INALCO, Director of the franco-uyghur journal Regard sur les Ouïghour-e-s, www.oghouz.org.


Michel de Pracontal, journalist at Mediapart, an independent French online newspaper, where he covers science related matters.


Alain Prochiantz, president of the Executive Committee of the PAUSE program (Programme national d'aide à l'Accueil en Urgence des Scientifiques en Exil), Collège de France.


Yoshiyuki Sato, profesor at the University of Tsukuba, Japan. Philosopher, has co-authored with Takumi Taguchi The Philosophy of Abandoning Nuclear Power (in Japanese) after the Fukushima incident, and has contributed to Penser avec Fukushima (ed. Christian Doumet and Michäel Ferrer).


Science pop Saint-Denis is a French association seeking to create a popular university in the poor parts of Saint-Denis' suburbs, represented by Étienne Pénissat.


Pinar Selek, Turkish feminist, author and professor at Nice Sophia Antipolis University, Department of Political Science. She works on the rights of women, street children, sexual minorities and Kurdish communities. She is also one of the founding editors of a feminist journal called Amargi.


Takumi Taguchi, profesor at the University of Utsunomiya, Japan. Philosopher, has co-authored with Yoshiyuki Sato The Philosophy of Abandoning Nuclear Power (in Japanese) and with Wakana Takahashi Helping the Mothers: the evacuation of Fukushima and civil society (in Japanese).


Étienne Tassin, French philosopher at the University of Paris Diderot, member of the research center on utopia, Archipel des devenirs. Specialist of the philosophy of Hannah Arendt, he works on political action and conflicts in democracy, cosmopolitics and the notion of freedom.


Mansur Teyfuri is a former Kurdish journalist. Exiled from Iran, he is now a PHD canditate in philosophy at University Paris 8.


Théâtre de l’opprimé, association that, since the 1970s, promotes a political and interactive theater as a means of reflecting on social and political conflicts while supporting the expression of marginalized social groups.


Yotetsu Tonaki, philosopher, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan. Yotetsu Tonaki has been working on the difficulties of research, opposition and diffusion of information in the aftermath of Fukushima, and has recently written on the current condition of the social sciences, and academic research more generally, in Japan after recent reforms.


Les Utopiques, French journal edited by the Union Solidaires that publishes articles of researchers and unionists, represented by Christian Mahieux and Théo Roumier, members of the editorial committee.


Özlem Yüzak, journalist at the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet. She focuses on social change, the education system and internal and foreign politics in Turkey.


Sarah Willcox, director of the Scholar Rescue Fund. This fund was launched by the Institute of International Education, an independent non-profit organization, in order to help researchers facing threats.


Stephen Wordsworth, Executive Director of CARA (The Council for At-Risk Academics), which organizes support and solidarity for persecuted scientists since the 1930s.




International Forum

Freedom of research

16-18 November 2017

Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7, France