International Seminar on the situation of IRAQI ACADEMICS
Defending education in times of war and occupation
March 9 - 10 - 11 2011
The aim of the seminar is to draw international attention to the ongoing criminal violence against Iraqi academics, to situate this violence within the wider dynamics of the ongoing occupation of Iraq, and to work towards practical remedies. (more information about the seminar: click here)
An organization of Ghent University, Middle East and North Africa Research Group, MENARG & The BRussells Tribunal in cooperation with IACIS, International Association of Contemporary Iraqi Studies, Vrede, 11.11.11 & IAON, International Anti-occupation Network and with the support of ICMES, International Council for Middle East Studies and EURAMES, European Association for Middle East Studies.
Under US occupation, Iraq’s intellectual and technical class has been subject to a systematic and ongoing campaign of intimidation, abduction, extortion, random killings and targeted assassinations. Running parallel with the destruction of Iraq’s educational infrastructure, this repression has led to the mass displacement of the bulk of Iraq’s educated middle class. The consequences for Iraq’s social, economic and political reconstruction are grave.
Now, in the eighth year of a US occupation that shows few signs of ending, the BRussells Tribunal and the Middle East and North Africa Research Group (MENARG) of the Ghent University call for renewed attention to the situation of Iraqi higher education and academic life, stressing its importance to the rebuilding of the country, and the well-being of its people.
THE SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE OF THE GHENT SEMINAR
RUDDY DOOM, Professor Ghent University
PATRICK DEBOOSERE, Professor Brussels University
SAAD JAWAD, Professor and pas president of Iraq's professors association
FRANCOIS HOUTART, former senior advisor to the President of the United Nations General Assembly
SOUAD AL-AZZAWI, former Professor at Baghdad University
TAREQ ISMAEL, Professor at Calgari University
DENIS HALLIDAY, former humanitarian coordinator in Iraq
ZUHAIR AL SHAROOK, former President of Mosul University
IMAD KHADDURI, former member of the Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission
OMAR K.H.AL-KUBAISSI, Head of Postgraduate Department at Ibn Al Bitar Hospital Baghdad
JEAN BRICMONT, Professor at the Université catholique de Louvain
CYNTHIA MCKINNEY, former member of the US House of Representatives
MOHAMMED AREF, former advisor to Arab Science & Technology Foundation
HANS-CHRISTOF VON SPONECK, former humanitarian coordinator in Iraq
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