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CFS in solidarity with Yücel and Derya

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On September 1st,  Ohio State alumni Yücel Demirer and Derya Keskin-Demirer were permanently dismissed from their positions at Kocaeli University in Turkey under the statute of exception passed after the failed coup attempt. On the same day, numerous other faculty and public employees lost their jobs, passports, and right to work in the public sector, with no hearing and no right to appeal. The Center for Folklore Studies expresses its solidarity with our friends, their colleagues and students, and the people of Turkey. Read more here.


We believe that the Turkish government will better accomplish the important tasks of bringing the coup organizers to justice and controlling terrorism by respecting the rule of law. As scholars, we also believe that  free critical dialogue among holders of diverse views allows countries to build genuine resilience in the face of threats.


For further information about the “Academics for Peace” solidarity campaign, see and



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Ph.D. Candidate, Comparative Studies

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Assistant Director, Center for Folklore Studies & Director of the Folklore Archives