Messages de soutien au laboratoire pacte et à sa directrice
Messages de soutien au laboratoire pacte et à sa directrice
Soutien du CNFG au laboratoire Pacte et à sa directrice
Depuis près de deux semaines maintenant, le laboratoire Pacte à Grenoble et sa directrice font l’objet d’une campagne de harcèlement, d’intimidations, de menaces diverses, allant jusqu’à des menaces de mort, sur les réseaux sociaux. Ce type d’attaques, alimenté également par voie de presse, est non seulement une atteinte aux libertés académiques, qui supposent la possibilité d’échanges ouverts dans le cadre précis et rigoureux du dialogue universitaire, mais constitue également des actes extrêmement graves qui touchent directement à la sécurité même de nos collègues. Comme nous l’avons déjà souligné dans notre précédent communiqué du vendredi 12 mars, cette affaire s’inscrit dans un contexte plus général de tensions exacerbées autour des débats universitaires, qui font aujourd’hui l’objet d’interventions et de pressions inédites, sur le plan politique comme médiatique.
Dans ce cadre, le Comité National Français de Géographie souhaite donc d’abord adresser tout son soutien à l’équipe de Pacte, laboratoire pluridisciplinaire et pluraliste, dont la qualité du travail est reconnue tant au niveau national qu’international, et à notre collègue Anne-Laure Amilhat Szary, ancienne présidente de la Commission de Géographie politique et de Géopolitique et membre active du Comité, dont la probité et la valeur ne sont pas à prouver. Ensuite, nous exprimons à nouveau notre inquiétude sur les dérives actuelles, aggravées par les déclarations récentes de Mme Frédérique Vidal remettant profondément en question des champs entiers de recherches en sciences humaines et sociales.
En tant qu’association professionnelle regroupant des enseignant.es et des chercheur.es dans le champ de la géographie, nous appelons vivement à ce que des solutions soient trouvées pour rétablir des conditions de travail sereines pour l’ensemble des chercheurs. Celles-ci passeront nécessairement par la possibilité d’un dialogue libre et apaisé au sein de la communauté académique, que le ministère de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche comme toutes les autres institutions universitaires et de la recherche se doivent de garantir.
Le bureau du CNFG
Reçu par mail, le 19.03.2021
19 mars 2021 – Communiqué du laboratoire Passages
Les membres de l’Unité Mixte de Recherche Passages, laboratoire pluridisciplinaire de sciences sociales, ayant pris connaissance des violentes attaques verbales dont est victime depuis près de deux semaines - y compris par voie de presse - la directrice de l’UMR Pacte (Grenoble), explicitement menacée de mort sur les réseaux sociaux, expriment leur soutien le plus vif à leur collègue. Ils étendent ce soutien à l’ensemble du laboratoire Pacte, dont la haute qualité des travaux est connue et reconnue.
Dans la foulée de la section de géographie du Conseil National des Universités (CNU) et du Comité national français de géographie (CNFG), et reprenant ici leurs mots, l’UMR Passages dénonce le climat hostile qui s’installe depuis plusieurs semaines à la suite des propos du Ministre de l’éducation nationale en novembre 2020 et de la Ministre de l’enseignement supérieur en février dernier, unanimement dénoncés par la Conférence des Président.e.s d’Universités (CPU), le CNRS et d’autres organisations représentatives du monde académique.
Le laboratoire exprime sa très vive inquiétude face à ces attaques d’une extrême gravité, qui visent l’ensemble de la communauté scientifique et menacent l’indépendance de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche français ainsi que la place des sciences dans notre société.
Reçu par email via la mailing-list geotamtam
[IGU-CPG] Statement of Solidarity with French geographers and academics
As many academics around the world we have followed with great concern the political debate in France where members of the government, including the Minister of Education and the Minister of Higher Education, and members of the National Assembly have been attacking the social sciences and the humanities at the university and more specifically scholars working in the field of gender studies, critical race theory and postcolonial studies.
These attacks have been criticized by many official instances including the Conseil national des universités CNU (the national agency supervising the careers of academics in France and organized in disciplinary sections), the Centre national de la recherche scientifique CNRS (the National Centre for Scientific Research), the Conférence des présidents d’université CPU (the Conference of University Presidents), professional associations such as the Comité national français de géographie CNFG (the French National Geography Commission), trade unions and many collective initiatives.
These collective attacks have intensified since October. Recently we were made aware of the inadmissible attacks suffered by fellow teachers and researchers affiliated to several French universities (Angers, Grenoble, Sorbonne University, Tours and elsewhere). Geographers included.
We want to call your attention to these attacks and express our solidarity with our French colleagues and our support of the Geography Section of the Conseil national des universités (CNU) and the Comité national français de géographie (CNFG.)
Both sent a strong and clear message of support to colleagues who have been personally targeted, especially to Anne-Laure Amilhat Szary, who has been receiving countless hate messages and death threats following a mediatized conflict in which she is involved as director of the PACTE laboratory at the Université Grenoble Alpes. Anne-Laure is a political geographer and an internationally renowned border scholar. She is also a member of the steering committee of the Commission on Political Geography of the International Geographical Union.
We therefore want also to circulate and support the message of French geographers. The CNU Geography Section and the CNFG have denounced the hostile climate which has been setting in for several weeks following the remarks of the Minister of National Education in November 2020 and of the Minister of Higher Education in February 2021, unanimously denounced by the CPU, the CNRS and other organizations representative of the academic world. Through these extremely serious attacks, the entire scientific community is targeted. It is not only the independence, transparency and quality of higher education and research that are called into question, it is also the place of the university in our society that is threatened.
You will find additional information in English and in French, including the message of the Comité National Français de Géographie (CNFG) at bottom of this message.
Virginie Mamadouh (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and Adriana Dorfman (UFRGS, Brazil)
Co-Chairs of the Commission on Political Geography of the International Geography Union.
Some reviews of the situation and statements in English
International Statement of Solidarity with Decolonial Academics and Activists in France (google.com)
if you read French see additional documents:
And about the situation in Grenoble
Reçu par mail le 19 mars 2021
S39 CoNRS - Motion de soutien
Les membres de la section 39 du CoNRS ont adopté, à l’unanimité, une motion de soutien à Anne-Laure Amilhat-Szary.
Reçu par mail via la mailing-list geotamtam, le 19.03.2021
Solidarietà a #Rachele_Borghi, Anne-Laure Amilhat-Szary e supporto alla libertà di pensiero e di ricerca
Desideriamo esprimere la solidarietà delle geografe e dei geografi italiani alle ricercatrici e ai ricercatori bersaglio delle recenti dichiarazioni di alcuni membri del Governo francese tese a minare la libera pratica della ricerca scientifica e della produzione della conoscenza.
I gravi attacchi indirizzati a colleghe e colleghi delle istituzioni culturali e di ricerca francesi (fra cui le Università di Angers, Grenoble, Sorbonne, Tours), colpiscono in realtà l’insieme della comunità scientifica internazionale e appaiono come un tentativo di ridurre l’indipendenza della scienza e imbavagliare la generazione e la circolazione del libero pensiero.
Le accuse muovono, in particolare, verso i posizionamenti critici della ricerca contemporanea internazionale e agli approcci delle correnti critiche anti/; de/ e post/coloniali, anti-razziste, di genere, femministe e intersezionali. Esprimiamo piena solidarietà a Anne-Laure Amilhat-Szary, minacciata di morte nel suo ruolo di direttrice del laboratorio “Pacte”, e a Rachele Borghi*, geografa colpita personalmente dall’aggressività dell’oltranzismo per le sue posizioni scientifiche e metodologiche espresse in alcune sue opere, peraltro pienamente riconosciute e validate scientificamente e internazionalmente.
Sostenendo queste colleghe intendiamo ribadire l’importanza della diversità degli approcci in geografia (come del resto in tutta la scienza) e intendiamo tutelare gli apporti che la geografia critica, quella femminista e di genere conferiscono alla conoscenza del mondo contemporaneo.
* Rachele Borghi è stata componente del Comitato direttivo A.Ge.I., eletta nel 2009
Attaques inadmissibles contre des collègues universitaires
Les membres de la section géographie du CNU ont eu connaissance des attaques inadmissibles dont sont victimes des collègues enseignant.es chercheur.ses dans plusieurs établissements (Angers, Grenoble, Sorbonne Université, Tours et ailleurs). La section géographie du CNU envoie un message de soutien fort et clair à ces collègues, tout particulièrement à Anne-Laure Amilhat-Szary, menacée de mort dans le cadre de ses fonctions de directrice du laboratoire Pacte.
La section géographie dénonce le climat hostile qui s’installe depuis plusieurs semaines à la suite des propos du ministre de l’éducation nationale en novembre 2020 et de la ministre de l’enseignement supérieur en février dernier, unanimement dénoncés par la CPU, le CNRS et d’autres organisations représentatives du monde académique. A travers ces attaques d’une extrême gravité, c’est l’ensemble de la communauté scientifique qui est visée. Ce n’est pas seulement l’indépendance, la transparence et la qualité de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche qui sont remises en cause, c’est aussi la place des sciences dans notre société qui est menacée.
Le bureau de la section géographie du CNU
Reçu par mail, le 18.03.2021 via la mailing-list geotamtam
Motion de soutien de l’UR Discontinuités à l’UMR Pacte
Les membres de l’Unité de Recherche Discontinuités, laboratoire de géographie de l’Université d’Artois ont pris connaissance des violentes attaques verbales dont sont victimes depuis deux semaines – y compris par voie de presse – des membres de l’UMR Pacte (Grenoble), notamment sa directrice et une autre enseignante-chercheure, explicitement menacées de mort sur les réseaux sociaux. Ils expriment leur soutien le plus vif à leurs collègues. Ils étendent ce soutien à l’ensemble du laboratoire Pacte, dont les travaux sont connus et reconnus pour leur qualité.
Dans la foulée de la section de géographie du Conseil National des Universités (CNU), du Comité national français de géographie (CNFG), de la section 39 du CNRS et de l’UMR Passages, et reprenant ici leurs mots, l’UR Discontinuités dénonce le climat délétère qui s’installe depuis plusieurs semaines à la suite des propos du Ministre de l’éducation nationale en novembre 2020 et de la Ministre de l’enseignement supérieur en février dernier et qui ont dénoncé par la Conférence des Président.e.s d’Universités (CPU), le CNRS et d’autres organisations représentatives du monde académique.
Le laboratoire exprime sa très vive inquiétude face à ces attaques d’une extrême gravité, qui visent l’ensemble de la communauté scientifique et menacent l’indépendance de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche français ainsi que la place des sciences dans notre société.
reçu via la mailing-list GeoTamTam, le 24.03.2021
Motion de soutien de UMR LADYSS à l’UMR PACTE
Le Ladyss exprime son soutien ferme et entier soutien aux trop nombreux collègues qui sont attaqués pour avoir exprimé de différentes manières leur attachement aux libertés académiques et s’être engagé dans des recherches sur les inégalités et les rapports de domination qui structurent les sociétés.
Nous adressons en particulier notre soutien au laboratoire PACTE et à sa directrice Anne-Laure Amilhat Szary, non seulement agressées verbalement, mais elle-même menacée de mort. Comme l’écrit PACTE « parler d’“islamo-gauchisme” est un débat initié par l’extrême droite et aujourd’hui repris de façon abusive et instrumentalisée par des membres du gouvernement. Ce mot fait un amalgame opportuniste entre d’une part analyser scientifiquement les discriminations à l’œuvre dans la société et, d’autre part, faire le lit du terrorisme. Ce terme n’est en aucun cas un concept scientifique. »
Ne pas laisser les sciences humaines et sociales mener leur recherche, selon une pluralité de méthodes, de concepts et de paradigmes, mettre en pâture des chercheuses et des chercheurs en dénigrant le caractère scientifique de leurs travaux au prétexte qu’ils dénoncent des ordres en puissance, est contraire aux principes qui régissent notre société, et notre République.
Nous associant à nombre de laboratoires et instances collégiales de l’ESR, nous dénonçons l’insupportable climat qui règne suite aux propos des Ministres de l’éducation nationale et de l’enseignement supérieur, unanimement dénoncés par les instances représentant notre profession.
Nous pourrions considérer que cette logique de petites phrases insidieuses n’est là que pour détourner l’attention du rejet massif exprimé depuis un an par la profession sur l’orientation actuelle que prend la politique en matière d’enseignement supérieur et de recherche, maltraitant l’emploi, les conditions d’étude, les libertés académiques et l’indépendance de la recherche.
Mais ces attaques sont d’une gravité extrême, elles libèrent des forces délétères qui habitent nos sociétés. Elles visent d’abord une partie critique des SHS, puis progressivement toute la communauté de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche. Il est grand temps que nos plus hautes autorités, à commencer par les ministères de tutelle et le CNRS aient non seulement les mots, mais aussi les actes pour défendre les chercheurs et les chercheuses, et l’indépendance de la recherche qui sont des ferments de la démocratie.
reçu via la mailing-list GeoTamTam, le 30.03.2021
Motion de la Commission de géographie critique du CNFG à propos des attaques indignes ayant visé nos collègues Rachele Borghi et Anne-Laure Amilhat Szary
Motion à propos des attaques indignes ayant visé nos collègues #Rachele_Borghi et Anne-Laure Amilhat Szary, et plus largement, à propos de la détérioration de la conversation scientifique
A la suite de la section de géographie du Conseil National des Universités (CNU), du Comité national français de géographie (CNFG), de la section 39 du CNRS, de l’UMR Passages et de l’Unité de Recherche Discontinuités, la Commission de géographie critique du CNFG souhaite exprimer son soutien à Rachele Borghi et Anne-Laure Amilhat Szary.
Dans un contexte préoccupant de dénigrement de certains courants de recherche en sciences humaines et sociales dont plusieurs organisations représentatives du monde académique se sont alarmées, notre collègue Rachele Borghi, géographe à Sorbonne Université, a récemment fait l’objet à plusieurs reprises d’attaques indignes et infondées dans les médias contre lesquelles nous nous élevons avec force. De fait, ces attaques, bien qu’émanant de pair·e·s, ne portent jamais sur la rigueur de la démarche de recherche elle-même mais visent la personne et tentent de décrédibiliser son champ d’étude. Face à ces attaques sans fondement, nous souhaitons donc témoigner que la créativité, la rigueur et l’éthique scientifiques de Rachele Borghi ne font aucun doute, ni pour celles et ceux qui ont travaillé avec elle, ni pour celles et ceux qui, depuis le début de sa carrière, ont réalisé des évaluations véritablement scientifiques de ses travaux.
Nous avons également pris connaissance des violentes attaques verbales dont sont victimes depuis deux semaines des membres de l’UMR Pacte (Grenoble), notamment sa directrice Anne-Laure Amilhat Szary, explicitement menacée de mort sur les réseaux sociaux. Nous exprimons notre soutien le plus vif à nos collègues et au laboratoire Pacte, dont les travaux sont connus et reconnus pour leur qualité.
Nous souhaitons également reprendre à notre compte les quelques principes de travail qui ont été rappelés par la motion du 8 mars 2021 de la section 39 du CNRS : « un principe de bienveillance vis-à-vis de toutes les démarches de recherche novatrices satisfaisant aux règles de la rigueur scientifique ; un principe de pluralité épistémologique s’opposant à toute forme de dogmatisme, fût-il scientifique ; et une exigence de réflexivité, qui nous paraît aujourd’hui plus que jamais essentielle à toute démarche de recherche ».
La Commission de géographie critique du CNFG
Motion adoptée le 24 mars 2021
73% de votants : 96% oui, 4% non, 0 abstention
24 votants sur 33 : 23 oui, 1 non
–-> reçu par mail via la mailing-list geotamtam, le 02.04.2021
Statement of support with our French colleagues at PACTE / Message de soutien aux collègues français de PACTE.
For the last few months, we have witnessed the growing tensions of political debates in France. Ultimately, these tensions have resulted in members of the French government (notably the Minister of National Education, the Minister of Higher Education and Research, and elected members of the National Assembly) attacking members of the French scientific community who critically examine questions such as gender, race, or postcoloniality.
These attacks have triggered a strong reaction on the part of the scientific community, particularly geographers. They have been condemned at the highest instances, in France and abroad, for example, by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, the Conférence des présidents d’université, le Conseil National des Universités or the International Geography Union.
We at ACME stand by our French colleagues who have been at the receiving end of this vicious abuse. We want to show our solidarity, particularly towards Anne-Laure Amilhat-Szary, an internationally recognized geographer and director of the PACTE laboratory at the CNRS and the Université Grenoble Alpes. Anne-Laure has been the victim of a coordinated online harassment campaign and has received numerous death threats. This is unacceptable.
We denounce these grave attacks that target not just individuals whose work we respect and admire, but also a research lab whose history is deeply intertwined with that of our journal. PACTE colleagues have published work of outstanding quality in ACME. Our friend and colleague, Myriam Houssay-Holzschuch (Professor of Geography and member of PACTE), was a member of our Editorial Collective for over a decade. Our journal is what it is today thanks to her dedication, scientific rigour, and professional ethic.
As critical geographers and members of the global scientific community, we refuse, in the strongest possible terms, any attempt at judging, delegitimizing, or intimidating our colleagues, be it from the French government or from militant groups who oppose critical research.
For more information and to learn of ways to support our colleagues, please see the links below.
The ACME Editorial Collective.
In English :
In French :
#PGSG Statement of Solidarity with French Geographers
The Political Geography Specialty Group (PGSG) of the American Association of Geographers expresses concern over the recent erosion of academic freedom in France. We are particularly dismayed by public, personal attacks on the prominent political geographer Anne-Laure Amilhat Szary. Professor Amilhat Szary is a former board member of the PGSG and is currently the head of the Pacte Social Science Research Center at Grenoble Alpes University.
The PGSG denounces the personal attacks against Professor Amilhat Szary and stands in solidarity with all French academics who are targeted for supposed “Islamo-leftist” beliefs.
For more information on the situation in France, these resources are available:
Additionally, there is a petition available for concerned academics to sign, this petition has not been endorsed by the PGSG:
–-> via la mailing-list Political Geography Specialty Group, le 31.03.2021
Motion votée au dernier conseil de laboratoire du Centre Max Weber, concernant les attaques subies par de nombreuses-x collègues et dans le contexte du climat délétère suscité par les propos des ministres Blanquer et Vidal
IGU Statement in support of the community of geographers in France
IGU Statement in support of the community of geographers in France
Dear IGU Colleagues
The International Geographical Union has issued a public statement (English - ▻https://igu-online.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/ISC_GU_AHCRDM_Policy-Brief-1.pdf - and French - ▻https://igu-online.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/IGU-support-for-French-geographers-Francais.pdf -) in which we highlight our position in relation to academic freedom. Although academic freedom is compromised in a number of countries around the world, we have taken the decision, at the request of the chair of the French National Committee, to speak out against the unfortunate developments at Universities in France that violate the principles outlined by the International Science Council (ISC) Committee for Freedom and Responsibility in Science1 which, as full Union members of the ISC, we stand by.
The latest communiqués from the French National Committee of Geography (CNFG) may be found here:
Professor Michael E Meadows
President: International Geographical Union 2020-24
Solidarity with French Academics - Info collection about the political debate
French social sciences and the humanities are attacked by members of the government, including the Minister of Education, the Minister of Higher Education and members of the National Assembly. Specifically scholars working in the field of gender studies, critical race theory and postcolonial studies are concerned. These attacks have been criticized by many official instances (CNU, CNRS, CPU, CNFG), trade unions and collective initiatives. In the last weeks especially researchers affiliated to several French universities (Angers, Grenoble, Tours, Paris) suffered attacks. Anne-Laure Amilhat Szary, a political geographer and border scholar and director of the PACTE laboratory at the University Grenoble Alpes received hate messages and death threats following a mediatized conflict. These extremely serious attacks touch independence, transparency and quality of higher education and research. The entire scientific community is targeted and the debate lead to question the place of the university in our society.
More information and a petition to sign below:
International Statement of Solidarity with Decolonial Academics and Activists in France
More infos collected here (mainly French)
Frédérique Vidal: ►https://seenthis.net/messages/902062
First statements: ▻https://seenthis.net/messages/907514
Collection about the situation in Grenoble (mainly French)
Support statements to Pacte laboratory and its director
How ’Islamophobia’ row erupted at French political sciences school (Mediapart)
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How ‘Islamophobia’ row erupted at French political sciences school
A national controversy blew up in France earlier this month over a ‘naming and shaming’ campaign by students at a political sciences school who accused two of their teachers of Islamophobia, prompting police protection for the pair. While there has been widespread political and media condemnation of the students’ campaign, this investigation by Mediapart found that the case is far more complex than so far presented, and that the controversy was fanned by the timidity of the school’s management to intervene in a simmering dispute within its walls. David Perrotin reports.
The Institut d’études politiques (IEP) in Grenoble, south-east France, one of the ten French public political sciences schools more commonly known as Sciences Po, became the centre of a national controversy earlier this month after students publicly denounced and named two of their lecturers who they accuse of Islamophobia.
The students’ actions have been criticised as placing the lives of the two men in danger, notably following the beheading last October of Samuel Paty, a secondary school teacher in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. He was assassinated by an 18-year-old man of Chechen origin after the Muslim father of a pupil at the school posted angry messages on social media over Paty’s presentation, in a class on free speech, of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
The controversy at the IEP in Grenoble had already been building in the media when, on March 9th, around 20 students gathered at midday outside the entrance to their establishment. They had taped a banner on a wall which read “Islam ≠ Terrorisme”, below which were propped strips of cardboard with the slogans “Racism is an offence” and “Halt to Islamophobia”.
A few journalists were there to cover the event, waiting to interview the protestors. The atmosphere was tense; the young students present were wary of the press which they accuse of biased reporting.
One of the students addressed the gathering, and while the reporters present had expected that the group were ready to publicly excuse themselves for their actions, they in fact reiterated their accusations. “Do you realise that you are ‘assassinating’, between quotes, your prof?” asked one of the journalists angrily.
“I shouldn’t have spoken out. I didn’t make myself understood,” said, later, the tackled student.
A few days earlier, posters had been put up on those same walls at the IEP with the names of the two lecturers the students accuse of Islamophobia. One of them read: “Fascists in our lecture halls”, and “Vincent T. […] and Klaus K. resign. Islamophobia kills.” While the posters were rapidly taken down, they had already been posted on social media by the local branch of the UNEF, the principal French students’ union, before it also withdrew the contents, in which the lecturers’ names appeared.
The events were reported in French weekly Marianne and daily newspaper Le Figaro following which the Grenoble public prosecution authorities opened a preliminary investigation into potential offences of engaging in “public insults” and “defacement”.
The French political class were unanimous in denouncing the students for placing the lecturers’ lives at risk. “I firmly condemn [the fact that] just six months – not even – after the assassination of Samuel Paty, [people’s] names have been thrown to the lions,” said Éric Piolle, the EELV Green party mayor of Grenoble. “Freedom of expression is constitutional for teachers and researchers.”
Meanwhile, France’s junior minister for higher education, Frédérique Vidal, called for an internal administrative report on the matter, saying that “attempts at bringing pressure” on individuals, and “the establishment of doctrinaire thought”, had no place in universities.
At the gathering outside the entrance of the IEP on March 9th, the students were also apparently unanimous in criticising the naming of the two teaching staff. “The poster pasting was a true cockup and placed the two profs in danger,” commented one third-year student whose name is withheld. “The UNEF should never have relayed them either.” Emma, the president of the Grenoble branch of student union UNEF admitted that, “Our communication was clearly clumsy”. For Maxime Jacquier, a member of the IEP’s students’ union representative body, “We don’t tolerate [the fact] that posters can put the lives of profs in danger”. All of them said they do not know who put up the posters.
“Since all that blew up, the media compare this affair with what happened to Samuel Paty,” said Thibault, a master’s degree student at the Grenoble IEP. “There’s talk of intellectual terrorism, of Islamo-leftist entryism or fatwa. But there is a ginormous gap between the reality of what goes on at the IEP and the hijacking [of the events] by politicians. It’s a much more complex business that began well before.”
One of the two lecturers targeted by the posters is Klaus Kinzler, 61, who teaches German language and civilisation. He has been giving numerous interviews to the media in which he offers his version of how the affair began. What he calls a “cabal” came about, he has said, after he simply questioned the proper use of the term “Islamophobia” alongside “racism” and “anti-Semitism” in the title of a project at the IEP. He has also said that “freedom of expression no longer exists at Science Po”. In an interview with French weekly news magazine Le Point , he said of some of the students that, “They wanted to have my hide and that of my colleague.”
Questioned by Mediapart, Kinzler, 61, who has spent 35 years in the teaching profession, began by saying he was pleased that the media are “so many” to take an interest in the events. “It’s a proper marathon, but the most interesting was CNews,” he said, referring to a French TV news channel to whom he spoke at length. “There are extracts from the programme which have been seen more than 100,000 times on social media.” He said he now wants to concentrate on the legal aspects of the affair. “Thanks to the essayist Caroline Fourest, I took on the lawyer Patrick Klugman to prepare my riposte,” added Kinzler, who accused his colleagues of having deserted him.
Kinzler said he had been excluded from a staff-student working group at the IEP for having contested the use of the term “Islamophobia” in the title of the group’s project, and said he was accused of harassment after he questioned the contrary arguments of one of his colleagues, Claire M., (last name withheld) and who sat on the working group, in email exchanges on the subject. Kinzler also said the director of the IEP Grenoble, Sabine Saurugger, had made him remove a page of his own website for having published details of the exchanges.
“The problem is that there are lots of errors and lies in his account,” one of Kinzler’s IEP colleagues, whose name is withheld, told Mediapart, and who insisted that the lecturer received immediate support from teaching staff.
“We are scandalised by what he said on CNews,” said Florent Gougou, a senior lecturer at the IEP. “He regrets not having had support whereas there was a loop of emails [of support] straight after the posters were pasted. Our support was unanimous and immediate, and the condemnation of these posters was very firm.”
Earlier this month, the IEP supervisory board voted in favour of a motion which “firmly” disapproved of the posters “which are a matter of insult and intimidation”. But the motion also insisted on the importance of “a duty of confidentiality” and respect for “established and legitimate rules on academic exchanges” – a key element in understanding the build-up to the poster controversy, and which began last November. To trace the sequence of events, Mediapart has interviewed lecturers, students and management from the Grenoble political sciences school, and obtained access to the initial emails and exchanges that sparked the row.
It was at the end of November 2020 when seven IEP students and one of their teachers, senior lecturer Claire M., formed a working group for a project entitled “Racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism”. The project was created to prepare a one-day forum of discussion on the same theme in early January, as part of a yearly “Week of equality and against discrimination” programme in place since 2017.
Klaus Kinzler joined the working group after it had been constituted, and immediately brought into question the project’s title. “Good evening everyone,” began his email, addressed to his colleague Claire M. and with the students of the group copied in. “Concerning our group thematic ‘Racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism,’ I am quite intrigued by the revelatory alignment of these three concepts of which one should certainly not figure here (one can even debate whether this term has a real sense or if it is not simply the propaganda weapon of extremists cleverer than us).” Kinzler then went on to explain why he had chosen to join the group: “I won’t hide from you that it is because of this obvious nonsense in the name of our thematic group that I chose it.”
Claire M. responded the next day, when she defended the name of the project, although it was not her who was behind it. The name was chosen on the basis of an online poll organised by the IEP administration, and was approved by a committee. “The notion of Islamophobia is indeed contested and taken to task in the political and partisan field,” wrote Clair M. in reply. “That is not the case in the scientific field,” she added. She also commented that “to use a concept does not dispense with questioning its pertinence, to aske oneself if it is effective”.
A few hours later, Kinzler replied, with the students still copied in to the exchange. “To peremptorily affirm, as Claire does, that the notion of Islamophobia would be ‘not contested in the academic field’ seems to me to be an imposture,” he wrote. “Or, let’s be frank and recognise immediately this: the ‘academic field’ which [Claire] speaks about, and of which she is a perfect example, has itself, at least in certain social sciences (which at the IEP is called ‘soft sciences’), become partisan and militant since a long time.”
He continued: “Contrary to what Claire affirms, ex cathedra, the academic debate on the highly problematic notion of ‘Islamophobia’ is absolutely not closed.” Kinzler wrote of a “hotchpotch” of ideas “completely invented as an ideological weapon by the ‘Fous de Dieu’ [fanatics of god] (in the literal sense) against the ‘impious’ peoples, a notion which appears to have invaded numerous minds, including within our venerable institute […] It is because of that that I categorically refuse to allow it to be suggested that the (imaginary) persecution of Muslim extremists (and other Muslims led astray) today really has its place alongside millenary and almost universal anti-Semitism or the racism that our own Western civilisation (just like the Muslim civilisation indeed) has become world champion of during the course of centuries.”
He went on to denounce “the veritable scandal” of the name given to the working group, “a re-writing of history” that will “shame” the IEP, and concluded: “I have decided that, in the case that the group decides to maintain [what is] this absurd and insulting name for the victims of racism and anti-Semitism, I will immediately leave it (that’s almost the case, in fact).”
Shortly after that email was sent, Vincent T., a senior lecturer in political sciences, and who Kinzler had hidden in copy to his email, joined the discussion although he was not part of the group. He took up Kinzler’s defence and directly targeted Claire. M., writing that he had discovered “with alarm to what degree academics are sunk in militantism and ideology”, adding: “To associate the Grenoble IEP to the combat led by Islamists, in France and in the world, and what’s more at a time when the government has just dissolved the CCIF, well, have you become mad or what?”
The CCIF he referred to is the French acronym for the ‘Collective against Islamophobia in France’, which was dissolved after the murder of Samuel Paty, when it was accused by interior minister Gérald Darmanin as being a “radical Islamic” body and an “enemy” of France.
Claire M. replied citing several scientific publications to support her view that the use of the term “Islamophobia” was not problematical.
But the situation became further inflamed when Vincent T. responded to her, copying in the IEP management. He wrote of how the weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo, the target of a 2015 terrorist attack for having published caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad which left 12 people dead, had been “accused of Islamophobia”, citing also the murder of Samuel Paty, “accused of Islamophobia”, adding that he could not imagine “for one moment that the Grenoble IEP finds itself in this camp”. He invited the institute’s management to make known its position.
Meanwhile, Klaus Kinzler followed up with a lengthy email, in which he noted that, “Every day, the departments in ‘gender studies’, ‘race studies’, and other ‘post-colonial studies’ (the list is far from exhaustive!) of the world’s most prestigious universities come out with their production of new ‘scientific’ books and articles, the conclusions of which are strictly staggering (for persons of a normal constitution)”. He deplored a “cancel culture” that was at work, and commented that social sciences produce “a whole lot of implausible things” unlike the “hard sciences”.
“I am going to be clear,” he wrote. “I absolutely refuse to accept that we can continue, as Claire proposes to the group, to keep the title for the planned day.”
When questioned by Mediapart, Kinzler admitted to a taste for provocation. Meanwhile, one of his staff colleagues, whose name is withheld, commented: “He and Vincent are two profs with a reputation for being rightwing, and sometimes very militant.”
In one email Kinzler wrote: “Were the Muslims made slaves and sold as such for centuries, like were the Blacks (who are still today numerous in suffering real racism)? No, historically Muslims were for a long while major slave traders themselves! And there is among them, still today, at least as much racism against Blacks as [there is] among Whites.” He added that Muslims had never been “persecuted”, “killed” or “exterminated” as have Jews, and that among them are “a very large number of virulent anti-Semites”.
Kinzler wrote that while he had “no sympathy” for Islam “as a religion”, he had no “antipathy” towards Muslims. Regarding a rejection of terrorism by Muslims, he asked, “Why aren’t there millions of Muslims out in the street to say it clear and loud, immediately, after each attack. Why?”
Finally, he proposed that the working group project be renamed as “Racism, anti-Semitism and contemporary discrimination”, the latter to encompass “homophobia, Islamophobia and misogyny”.
Police protection for all three teaching staff in the dispute
“Following these exchanges, Claire M. considered herself to have been the victim of an aggression, and even harassment,” commented one of her colleagues, who did not want to be named. Claire M. reportedly criticised Kinzler for opposing his personal opinions in face of scientific arguments, and also of denigrating her as being an extremist. For her, he had surpassed professional requirements of moderation, and also secular principles in his praising of the values of Christian religion.
Her request for the IEP management to intervene in the dispute was met with a refusal on the grounds of the right to free expression. “We accompanied her move because we felt that the management had a duty to react,” said a representative of the CGT trades union branch at the University of Grenoble, which is home to the IEP. “We even gave a warning of imminent, serious danger.”
Kinzler, who told Mediapart he had “never exceeded” the boundaries of politeness in his emails, said he was finally excluded from the working group. One of the students taking part said he had in fact excluded himself from the project. She added that, contrary to what Kinzler has said in media interviews, at the time of the email exchanges the students did not take part in the controversy.
“We asked to be left out of this loop of emails,” she said. “We contacted the management which didn’t want to react. As a result, we let it be known that in these conditions we didn’t want to work with [Kinzler] anymore. His aggressiveness and his anti-Islam talk put us ill at ease, but there was not a will to shut him up or exclude him […] These emails attacking Islam or Muslims in this way were difficult to live with for some students.”
In an email dated December 4th, Kinzler told Claire M.: “I have just re-read our exchange. On your side, a perfectly moderate and polite tone; on my side, I admit it, I did not have the same control of language and, in the heat of the action, I at moments let myself get carried away. I regret it.” Interviewed by Mediapart, he said: “I excused myself to calm things down, it was diplomatic, but I maintain that there was no problem in my emails.”
According to people close to her, Claire M. was upset at the IEP management’s refusal to intervene and she was even given sick leave between December 7th-11th. Shortly before that, she raised the case with her on-campus social sciences research unit, the PACTE, which is jointly run by the IEP, the University of Grenoble and the French national scientific research centre, the CNRS. The PACTE prepared a statement sent out to internal departments expressing its “full support” for Claire M., who it said had been the target of personal attacks. Although it refrained from naming Klaus Kinzler in person, it said her scientific work of several years on issues surrounding Islam and Muslims had been called into question, and denounced a form of “harassment” she had been subjected to, underlining that scientific debate required “freedom, calm and respect”.
A colleague within the PACTE told Mediapart: “We didn’t want to target management, but we couldn’t allow a teacher to denigrate the SHS [Human and Social Sciences] in this manner, to copy in a prof who has nothing to do with this working group, and to let them so violently have a go at a colleague in emails in front of the students. It was a call to order of form, given that management refused to intervene.”
According to the student from the working group cited above, the affair should have stopped there. All the more so given that the original title of the project, ‘Racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism’ had finally been changed to ‘Feminisms and anti-racism’.
“Besides, we were careful not to publicly mention his emails,” she said. “In reality, it’s Klaus who was the first to publicise them.” This was an important part in the chronology of events, and which Kinzler did not mention in his recent media interviews. For, angry at the reaction of the PACTE, he sent out numerous emails within the academic community exposing the row and complaining about Claire M.
“He even used the email exchanges and the response of the lab [PACTE] as a teaching tool to discuss with his students the ‘cancel culture’ which he said he was a victim of,” said one of Kinzler’s colleagues, who did not want to be named. “Claire M. had asked for nothing, and it was firstly her name which was thrown to the lions. He is careful not to say that he went so far.” Mediapart has seen a document illustrating how the row was used for a German-language course for third-year students on the subject of “cancel culture”.
Questioned by Mediapart, Kinzler confirmed that he had posted all the email exchanges on his website, but said he did so because the PACTE had made its statement public. In fact, the statement was sent by email to only those involved in the dispute and also the IEP management. “It was never made public on our site,” one member of the PACTE unit told Mediapart, although he admitted it had been a mistake to describe the text as a “statement”.
In its report on the controversy, weekly news magazine Marianne echoed Kinzler’s account that the student collective, “le collectif Sciences Po Grenoble en lutte”, published extracts from the emails on January 7th, when it denounced Kinzler’s arguments as “rooted on the far-right”. However, the extracts published, in which Kinzler’s name was not mentioned, were copied from among those he had already published on his own website.
“I don’t regret having circulated them because it was my only means of defending myself,” Kinzler told Mediapart, although he said he now regretted publishing the name of Claire M. “I should have withdrawn her name but I had other anger to deal with.” He finally withdrew her name when the row became the national controversy that erupted earlier this month. “But I don’t understand too well that a song and a dance is made about the safety risk for my colleague,” he added.
However, like Kinzler and Vincent T., Claire M. has been given special police protection since March 6th, and a CGT union official said earlier this month she had received a hate message by email.
In a riposte to the IEP management’s failure to intervene, Claire M. also made a complaint last December to the office of France’s rights watchdog, the Défenseur des droits, which, beyond its role as ombudsman with regard to administrative matters, also has authority to probe situations of alleged discrimination and deontological misdemeanours. Mediapart understands that the watchdog sent a letter on January 11th to IEP director Sabine Saurugger, through its regional office in Grenoble, in which, while not commenting on the substance of the issues behind the dispute, it underlined the requirement for mutual respect between staff, concluded that Vincent T. and Klaus Kinzler had failed to show proper respect to Claire M., and noted that the latter had not been given support by the management.
Questioned by Mediapart, Saurugger refutes any inertia over the affair. “These events led to very firm action by the management, which moreover led to the writing of apologies by Klaus Kinzler,” she said. Indeed, on December 16th Kinzler again offered his excuses – while also publishing the email exchanges on his website, and justifying his position in a message sent to the PACTE in response to their statement. “It is incorrect to say we didn’t react, but we tried to have a constructive dialogue,” added Saurugger
’Calm must be brought to this debate’
Contrary to what was reported, the IEP’s internal administration had, before the posters naming the Kinzler and Vincent T. were put up, been largely made aware of the problems. The students’ union council, which represents their different unions in one body, had also criticised the management inaction and sent a letter asking it to express its disapproval of Kinzler’s comments. “Islamophobia does not have its place in our institute, just like other discriminations that can be racism and anti-Semitism,” it wrote on January 9th, while expressing its support for Claire M.
In response, IEP director Sabine Saurugger underlined the importance of the teaching staff’s freedom of expression, but also principles of “tolerance and objectivity” as required by “university tradition and the code of education”. On January 13th, student representatives reiterated their demands, arguing that the IEP should “not hide behind pedagogic freedom to defend Islamophobia”. They also requested that the agenda for the next IEP board meeting include a motion to cancel a course led by Vincent T. called “Islam and Muslims in contemporary France”. On February 22nd, the students’ union council launched an appeal on Facebook asking students to report Islamophobic comments during lectures. “We had had several problematic reports,” said a students’ union representative.
Vincent T. is a member of an association of academics called the Observatoire du décolonialisme (“Observatory of de-colonialism”), signing an opinion article on the subject in the weekly news magazine Le Point in January, and also regularly contributes to the news website Atlantico. “His opinion articles are all cited in the IEP’s official press review,” commented a staff colleague, who said it was an illustration that the IEP is far from being “a university undermined by ‘Islamo-leftism’”.
“Islamo-leftist and decolonial ideologies have become so powerful that the official authorities try to protect them,” commented Vincent T. in an interview published by Atlantico in February. “Our best students are today conditioned to react in a stereotyped manner to the major problems of society,” he said, further into the interview. “They are for example convinced that French society is racist, sexist and discriminatory, that immigrants were brought by force to France to be exploited and placed in ghettos, that Napoleon was a sort of fascist, or that colonisation was synonymous with genocide.”
“Vincent is known for being on the right of sociology,” said a lecturer at IEP Grenoble, whose name is withheld. “Having said that, there is no element today that allows to prove that he made Islamophobic comments in his lectures […] What is certain is that he makes an obsession of it. But there is also a large [presence of] fright within him.”
Contacted by Mediapart, Vincent T. declined to personally comment on the events, and instead invited us to contact his lawyer and the management at the Grenoble IEP.
Following the murder of Samuel Paty last October, Vincent T. sent an email to the Grenoble university presidency. “The caricatures published by Charlie Hebdo have become a demarcation line between civilisation and barbarism, between us and our enemies,” he wrote. “Either we accept these caricatures, or either we refuse them: it is for each one to choose their camp.”
“In the framework of my teaching, it happens that, as certainly for other colleagues, I present these drawings when I broach the case of the caricatures,” he added. “For this reason, my life is therefore potentially in danger. It will stop being so if every academic takes up solidarity by posting the caricatures everywhere they can.” He concluded: “In the absence of such an elementary measure of solidarity and courage, you will put my life in danger.” The university administration said it would alert the police if it believed there was a need.
For that reason, some teaching staff and students believe the Facebook appeal by the students’ unions for reports of Islamophobic comments was a mistake. “This appeal for reports, even if it didn’t mention his name, should have been kept to internal [messaging] and not posted on social media,” said one. “Vincent was too identifiable.” After Vincent T. discovered the post on social media, he sent an email to the students: “For reasons I cannot explain by email, I ask all the students who belong to the union called ‘union council’ to immediately leave my lecture classes and to never set foot in them again.” He concluded: “I am Charlie and I will remain so.”
The same day, Klaus Kinzler sent an email to both students and management, presented as a humorous note, following a stormy meeting between students and teaching staff, during which he had drunk alcohol. “Good day, above all to our little Ayatollahs in germination (what is the gender-inclusive again for Ayatollah?),” he began. “I see that it is beginning to be a habit with you to launch fatwas against your profs […] It shocks you so much, you the self-declared ‘Guardians of good mores’ that, after four interminable hours spent with you […] I had the need to knock back a few glasses behind the tie in order not to blow a fuse?” he asked, before reiterating his support for Vincent T. He then signed off: “A teacher ‘in the struggle’, Nazi by his genes, an Islamophobe repeat offender.”
One of Kinsler’s colleagues described the events as, “A succession of faults, he went too far”. Once again, the students contacted the IEP management over the email, but to no reaction. The union council filed a formal legal complaint for “defamation and discrimination because of union activities”, which was eventually dismissed. It was four days later when the names of Kinzler and Vincent T. appeared on the posters pasted on the IEP’s walls.
While all the teaching staff have unreservedly condemned the posters, some are unhappy with the account Kinzler has been giving in television interviews and the accusations made against his colleagues, students, management and the PACTE research unit. “I very firmly condemn these posters but I contest any responsibility of the [PACTE] in the allegations made against these two lecturers, one of who is also a member of the PACTE,” said Anne-Laure Amilhat-Szary, head of the joint research unit.
All of the teaching staff, including Klaus Kinzler, agree that the contagious conflicts resulting from the countless exchange of emails had aggravated the situation. “The timid reactions from management as well,” said one teacher.
“We gave support to these two teachers, condemned the posters, but the affair that is reported in the media puts a slant on the matter that presents the educational community as thoughtless Islamo-leftists,” said IEP Grenoble lecturer Simon Persico. “That’s false. Calm must be brought to this debate which has become unprecedented in scale, aggravated by the lockdown situation which is very heavy for the students, and which prevents any peaceful and respectful discussion.”
French junior minister for higher education minister Frédérique Vidal has ordered two education authority inspectors to interview the different protagonists, and meanwhile Klaus Kinzler has continued with his media appearances. “Just after the programme I was on at CNews, I chatted twenty minutes with Serge Nedjar, the head of the channel, who wanted me to come along more regularly,” he told Mediapart. “That flattered me. I’m going to think about it.”
« Nous voulons exprimer ici notre #solidarité avec les #universitaires français », par #Angela_Davis, Gayatri Spivak, Achille Mbembe...
En tant que #chercheurs et activistes internationaux, nous nous engageons à être solidaires de nos homologues de France. Nous nous engageons à suivre attentivement la situation, à faire connaître les cas de #répression à l’échelle mondiale, à inviter ceux qui sont confrontés à la répression et à la censure à s’exprimer dans nos pays, à co-rédiger des essais avec elles et eux et à les aider à traduire leur travail, à co-encadrer des étudiant.e.s et des jeunes #collègues, et à s’engager dans d’autres formes de #collaboration qu’elles et ils désirent.
Dans une tribune que nous publions en exclusivité, des intellectuels du monde entier, dont l’américaine Angela Davis, l’indienne Gayatri Spivak ou le camerounais Achille Mbembe, dénoncent les #attaques de Frédérique Vidal.
Nous voulons ici exprimer notre solidarité avec les universitaires, activistes et d’autres producteurs de savoir, qui, en France sont visés par les déclarations faites en février 2021 par Frédérique Vidal, ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche et de l’Innovation. Elle y dénonce « l’#islamo-gauchisme » et son effet de « #gangrène » sur la France, et appelle à une enquête au sein du CNRS et de l’université. Les travaux en question analysent et critiquent le #colonialisme et le #racisme, et soutiennent des projets décoloniaux, antiracistes et anti-islamophobes au sein de l’académie comme dans l’espace commun. Les déclarations de Vidal montrent l’embarras de l’État devant ces défis, et, partant, la volonté de les réprimer plutôt que de s’y intéresser.
Les intentions de l’État apparaissent dans le langage utilisé. Le terme relativement nouveau d’« islamo-gauchisme » reflète une convergence beaucoup plus ancienne d’#idéologies de droite, coloniales et racistes opposées aux luttes anticoloniales, anti-islamophobes et antiracistes.
Vidal affirme que la critique anticoloniale, décoloniale et postcoloniale, antiraciste, anti-islamophobie, l’#intersectionnalité, ainsi que les analyses féministes et queer décoloniales, sont des importations étrangères depuis les universités américaines.
Une image blanchie de la République
Elle ignore que la théorie décoloniale s’est développée à #Abya_Yala (Amérique latine), la théorie postcoloniale en #Inde, et que les femmes et les queers dans les luttes anticoloniales et antiracistes ont toujours pensé aux liens entre toutes ces #relations_de_pouvoir. Vidal oublie également que la théorie postcoloniale et décoloniale est redevable aux travaux antérieurs d’auteurs francophones racisés et du sud, tels que #Frantz_Fanon, #Aimé_Césaire et d’autres.
Ce faux récit et ces actes de #répression retirent effectivement la France d’un débat mondial animé et urgent. Ils soumettent les universitaires racisé.e.s - déjà peu nombreux.ses et marginalisé.e.s - qui produisent des études critiques sur le colonialisme, l’#islamophobie, le #racisme_anti-noir, etc., ainsi que leurs allié.e.s, à des risques encore plus importants.
L’attaque contre les universitaires et activistes progressistes et radicaux cherche à tout prix à préserver « l’#exceptionnalisme_français » et une image blanchie de la République lavée des vérités qui dérangent. Il s’agit notamment du fait que la #France reste une #puissance_coloniale (par exemple à la Réunion, en Guadeloupe, en Martinique, en Guyane, aux Iles des Saintes, la Désirade, Mayotte, en Nouvelle-Calédonie, etc.), et néocoloniale en termes de relations économiques, politiques et militaires avec les anciennes colonies.
Cette #mentalité_coloniale se manifeste dans les structures de gouvernance de la France, en particulier vis-à-vis des citoyen.ne.s et des immigré.e.s racisé.e.s, comme en témoignent des mesures comme la dissolution du #CCIF (#Collectif_contre_l’islamophobie_en _France), et un ensemble de #lois telles que : la loi contre le port du voile ; les lois sur l’immigration ; la loi islamophobe contre le « #séparatisme » qui menace toutes les formes d’autonomie ; le projet de loi en cours d’adoption sur la « sécurité globale », qui légaliserait et institutionnaliserait la surveillance de masse, y compris au moyen de drones ; la loi interdisant de filmer les brutalités policières ; la loi (maintenant abrogée) qui exigeait que le #colonialisme ne soit enseigné que comme le décidait l’État ; lois antiterroristes abusives et discriminatoires ; et d’autres. Ces mesures visent à « intégrer » de force les populations suspectes dans des rôles de subordonnés au sein de la société française.
Lois répressives et enquêtes internes
C’est précisément la critique de cette #histoire_coloniale, de ce qui s’en perpétue, avec le racisme, et l’islamophobie, que l’État souhaite censurer et rendre invisible.
Une partie de la gauche blanche, ainsi que des féministes qui ne font aucune analyse anticoloniale, anti-islamophobe et antiraciste, sont également des complices de l’#invisibilisation de l’#oppression_coloniale et du #racisme, en fournissant des #rationalisations_idéologiques au #racisme_structurel porté également par l’État. Cela aussi montre l’incohérence du terme « islamo-gauchisme ».
La répression en France n’est pas isolée. Au Brésil, en Turquie, en Hongrie, en Pologne, aux États-Unis, en Inde et dans d’autres pays, nous assistons à la montée de la #répression_du_savoir, des études, et de mouvements sociaux critiques par des gouvernements néolibéraux, de droite et autoritaires.
Mais partout où il y a de la répression, il y a également des formes de #résistance en réseau avec des chaînes mondiales de solidarité.
La déclaration de Vidal et l’enquête envisagée sont apparues dans un contexte où, à la fois à l’université et dans les rues, s’est exprimée énergiquement la volonté de lutter contre l’#injustice_coloniale, raciale et économique. Par exemple, en France, les manifestations pour la défense d’#Adama_Traoré, et d’autres manifestations antiracistes dans le monde après le meurtre de George Floyd sont des formes courageuses d’#engagement qui ne peuvent qu’inquiéter Vidal et tous ceux qui l’encouragent et la soutiennent. Les lois répressives et les enquêtes n’arrêteront ni cette production de savoir, ni ces recherches, ni ces mouvements.
En tant que chercheurs et activistes internationaux, nous nous engageons à être solidaires de nos homologues de France. Nous nous engageons à suivre attentivement la situation, à faire connaître les cas de répression à l’échelle mondiale, à inviter ceux qui sont confrontés à la répression et à la censure à s’exprimer dans nos pays, à co-rédiger des essais avec elles et eux et à les aider à traduire leur travail, à co-encadrer des étudiant.e.s et des jeunes collègues, et à s’engager dans d’autres formes de collaboration qu’elles et ils désirent.
"1. Talal Asad, Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, Graduate Center, City University of New York""2. Paola Bacchetta, Professor, UC Berkeley""3. Homi K. Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University""4. Angela Y Davis, Distinguished Professor Emerita, University of California, Santa Cruz""5. Gina Dent, Associate Professor, Feminist Studies, History of Consciousness, and Legal Studies. University of California, Santa Cruz""6. Roxane Dunbar Ortiz, Historian and Author""7. Nick Estes, Assistant Professor of American Studies, University of New Mexico""8. Miriam Grossi, Professor at Federal University of Santa Catarina – Brazil""9. Jin Haritaworn, Associate Professor, York University, Toronto""10. Azeezah Kanji, Legal academic and Journalist""11. Robin DG Kelley, Distinguished Professor and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History, UCLA""12. Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Professor and Director, Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies, Rutgers University""13. Achille Mbembe, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg""14. Walter D Mignolo, William H. Wannamaker Distinguished Professor of Romance Studies and Professor of Literature, Duke University""15. Trinh T. Minh-ha, Professor of the Graduate School, Departments of Gender & Women’s Studies and of Rhetoric, UC Berkeley""16. Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Distinguished Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies & Dean’s Professor of the Humanities, Syracuse University""17. Cherrie Moraga, Poet, Playwright-Director, Educator, Activist""18. David Palumbo-Liu, Professor, Stanford University""19. Shailja Patel, Activist, Writer. US/Kenya""20. Vijay Prashad, Executive Director, Tricontinental : Institute for Social Research""21. Jasbir Puar, Professor, Rutgers University""22. Kamila Shamsie, Novelist and Professor of Creative Writing, University of Manchester""23. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor, Columbia University""24. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Assistant Professor & Charles H. Mcilwain University Preceptor, Princeton University""25. Amina Wadud, National Islamic University, Yogjakarta"