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“Zionism and Academia: Pressures, Fears and Challenges"
April 18-20, 2024
Mardin Artuklu University, Mardin


To mark 30 years of the institutional establishment of Islamicjerusalem Studies as a field of Inquiry (1994 - 2024), the 24th International Academic Conference on Islamicjerusalem Studies this year is being hosted by Mardin Artuklu University in Mardin/ Turkiye. The main theme of the symposium given the attacks on Gaza and Bayt al-Maqdis is “Academia and Zionism: Repression, Fears and Objections”. 

As is well known, knowledge is produced and disseminated in today's circumstances through universities, which are recognised as the most common and legitimate academic institutions. Undoubtedly, the organisation that makes this functioning possible exhibits a structure in which a large number of -civil/official- actors are involved with their own personal or ideological tendencies.

Thus, the mechanism of production and dissemination is not “value-free” as much as scholarship itself; on the contrary, it is subject to influence in proportion to its political, economic and social capital. In other words, the academic field, like any other field, exists as a scene of struggle/hegemony: These capitals determine what can be researched, what can be written and even drawn, who can be included in the career ladder or employed by what criteria, and which grants can be used by whom. Even in countries such as the United States, the fact that universities operate with private sector/civil society funds and the interference of funders in the academic functioning of universities further complicate these relationships.

Today, the attacks on Gaza are on the agenda with the outrage it has caused in the world public opinion on the one hand, and the tension it has created between university funders, administrations, academics and students on the other. Funders are changing administrators, administrators bully academics, and academics censor students. These revolving “repression/victimisation”, appear as examples that make the global networked organisation of "Zionism" apparent and transparent. The practices of solidarity with Palestine/Gaza, shown by resisting pressure from the global Zionist network on academia, are usually not without a price. Anyone who dares raises their voice in favour of “Palestine” is almost seen as a perpetrator/accomplice of the “holocaust” and becomes a hostage to the rhetoric of “anti-Semitism”. 

In order for Academia to reject this hegemonic pressure and become a place where scholarship is freely produced and human values are preserved in solidarity with the oppressed, it is necessary to be at least as organised, resilient and courageous as the Zionist network. It is our hope that this international conference in Mardin will be an indication of this intention. 

T.C. Mardin Artuklu University Rectorate