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ISA Statement on Women’s Access to Higher Education and Academic Freedom in Afghanistan

The Academic Freedom Committee of the International Studies Association (ISA) condemns the introduction of an indefinite ban on university education for women and expresses concern for the state of academic freedom in the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. For further information about ISA’s deliberative processes on academic freedom and the committee’s mandate from the Governing Council, please see:
https://www.isanet.org/ISA/Governance/Committees/Academic-Freedom.

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ISA Statement on Academic Freedom and Mobility in the People’s Republic of China

The Academic Freedom Committee of the International Studies Association (ISA) expresses concern for the state of academic freedom in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and wishes to draw particular attention to restrictions placed on academic mobility by the Chinese government. The international mobility of scholars and researchers is central to the exchange of knowledge and learning and an important pillar of academic freedom. We note with concern, however, restrictions on Chinese scholars seeking to participate in academic activities outside of China as well as on foreign scholars seeking to enter China. 

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Sustainably Supporting ISA Programming

We write to you with some important information regarding ISA planning, programs, and fees. In the spirit of openness and transparency, we describe new developments in the organization and the resources necessary to sustain them. We hope you will take the time to read this carefully, and we welcome your comments in response, as we work together to sustain the vitality of ISA as our professional home.

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ISA Statement on Allegations of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in Vienna, Austria

The Academic Freedom Committee of the International Studies Association expresses concern for the decision taken by the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and mumok (the Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna) to cancel the presentation of Dr. Walaa Alqaisiya on the basis of a complaint by the Austrian Union of Jewish Students. It views the decision as an infringement of academic freedom. For further information about ISA’s deliberative processes on academic freedom concerns and the committee’s mandate from the Governing Council, please see:
https://www.isanet.org/ISA/Governance/Committees/Academic-Freedom

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ISA Statement on Institutional Autonomy in Turkey, Sudan, Hungary, Russia and Venezuela

The Academic Freedom Committee (AFC) of the International Studies Association (ISA) recognizes institutional autonomy, the right of academics to establish institutions of higher learning and to govern themselves without undue external interference, as a central pillar in the safeguarding of academic freedom.

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ISA Statement on Academic Freedom in Ukraine and Russia

The International Studies Association (ISA) expresses alarm over the implications of Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine. Our worry extends to the physical safety of academic colleagues inside of Ukraine, as well as restrictions on scholarly expression regarding the war experienced by academic colleagues inside Russia.

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