This article addresses the current restructuring of academia in Turkey through the example of the Academics for Peace petition and the institutional mechanisms of repression it instigated. We focus on the Solidarity Academies as alternative spaces of education and a unique form of collective resistance against the academic purges. We provide an empirically informed analysis of Solidarity Academies as spaces of commoning, the collective production and sharing of knowledge by emergent communities of struggle.
Emergent Repertoires of Resistance and Commoning in Higher Education: The Solidarity Academies Movement in Turkey
Kamuran Akın is a PhD student at Humboldt Universität Berlin conducting research on the geospatial policies of the Turkish State in Northern Kurdistan. As a signatory of the Academics for Peace petition, he was dismissed from Celal Bayar University, Turkey, by the Decree Law No. 672 in September 2016. He has been an active participant in the Solidarity Academies in Ankara and Kocaeli, the Street Academy Ankara, and the Academics for Peace Germany network.
Esra Erdem, Kamuran Akın; Emergent Repertoires of Resistance and Commoning in Higher Education: The Solidarity Academies Movement in Turkey. South Atlantic Quarterly 1 January 2019; 118 (1): 145–163. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00382876-7281660
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