Western International

Scholars at Risk

Scholars at Risk is an international network of institutions and individuals working to promote academic freedom and to defend the human rights of scholars worldwide. As a member of the Canadian section of Scholars at Risk, Western opens the door to scholars facing severe human rights abuses in their home country so that they may continue their work in a safe environment.

How does the Program Work?

Professors, lecturers, researchers and other intellectuals may apply for a temporary academic position at Western through the Scholars at Risk network. In return, Western students benefit from inspiring scholars who teach, lecture and participate in other academic activities. Many scholars return to their home countries after their visits. When safe return is not possible, the network will work with scholars to identify opportunities to continue their work abroad.

Special Event: October 3, 2017

Homa Hoodfar, Professor Emerita, Concordia University

Dr. Homa Hoodfar
Professor of Anthropology, Emerita, Concordia University

“Framing Academic Freedom and Critical Thinking as Transnational Rights”

Public Lecture & Panel Discussion

October 3, 2017
4 to 5:30  pm
Community Room (UCC 269)
University Community Centre

Dr. Hoodfar’s primary research is in legal and political anthropology. She examines the intersection of political economy; gender and citizenship rights; women’s formal and informal politics, gender and public sphere in Muslim contexts. In 2016, Professor Hoodfar was detained in Tehran’s Evin prison for 112 days.  She was arrested while visiting and conducting research in Iran, and prosecutors in Iran accused Hoodfar of “dabbling in feminism.”  More About Professor Hoodfar

Panel Moderator:
Michael Lynk, Faculty of Law, Western University
United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestine

Panel Participants:

Reception to follow ~ International & Graduate Affairs Building Atrium

Open to the Public. For more information, contact 519-661-2111 ext. 86409 or email mfranco5@uwo.ca


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For more information about Scholars at Risk at Western contact:

Julie McMullin
Vice-Provost (International)
vpintl@uwo.ca