The Costs of Peace-Seeking: Academics Under Attack

Anonymous ‘Turkey should be proud of the peace declaration signatories,”’ said Noam Chomsky last week, referring to 1128 academics that have lost their jobs, been banned from leaving the country, interrogated and detained for signing a petition named ‘we will not be a party to this crime.’ The petition calls for an end to Turkey’s […]

The SOAS Spirit Urges End to Outsourcing: Cleaners In-House Now!

In light of the release of an independent report by APSE today, The SOAS Spirit would like to extend solidarity towards the Justice for Cleaners campaign and all marginalised, outsourced workers at SOAS. Since 2006, the cleaners of SOAS have organised themselves through the Justice for Cleaners campaign, with the aid of SOAS UNISON branch. […]

Academics, Cleaners Criticise Outsourcing at SOAS

Nihan Kalle, BA Politics On the 27th of January, the Justice for Cleaners campaign hosted an academic panel titled ‘The Cleaners, Outsourcing and Labour Struggles’ in the JCR in light of the critical period the cleaners are facing in the struggle to secure in-house contracts. The panel was attended by SOAS academics Drs Tim Pringle, […]

London Academics Extend Solidarity to Academics, Kurds Under Siege

Mel Plant, BA Arabic and Turkish This Friday, SOAS Students’ Union co-hosted an open meeting with the SOAS UCU and Unison branches, extending solidarity to Turkish and Kurdish academics in Turkey who have come under investigation for their ‘Academics for Peace‘ petition. The meeting comes a week after the Students’ Union released a statement in […]

Students of SOAS Commemorate Armenian-Turkish Journalist

Lara Şarlak, MA Anthropology of Media Yesterday, the death of Hrant Dink, an Armenian-Turkish journalist who was assassinated by a Turkish ultra-nationalist 9 years ago, was commemorated in front of the SOAS main building. SOAS students of Armenian, Kurdish and Turkish descent gathered in order to take a photograph in his memory, holding letters that […]

Student Led ‘Tales of 1947’ Casts Light on Partition and Diaspora

Ella Linskens, BA Arabic and Mel Plant, BA Arabic and Turkish On the 5th of December, the preview performance of a student led multilingual play, ‘Tales of 1947’ was performed at SOAS. This play is based on Saadat Hasan Manto’s ‘Toba Tek Singh’, ‘A Tale of 1947’, other accounts of the partition of British-colonised India, […]