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ISA Statement Regarding Arrest and Detention of Prof. Hoodfar

The International Studies Association (ISA) strongly condemns the arrest and detention of Prof. Homa Hoodfar of Concordia University, Montreal, Canada by the Iranian government. The ISA joins other professional associations and human rights groups that have called for her unconditional release from prison.

For more information about Prof. Hoodfar’s detention, please see

In addition, those interested can further support Prof. Hoodfar’s cause at

As always, ISA strongly supports academic freedom and the right of scholars to conduct research in all countries, without threat of persecution.

T.V. Paul,
President, International Studies Association

Mark A. Boyer,
Executive Director, International Studies Association

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Meredith Reid Sarkees
Monday, July 25, 2016 3:42 PM
Thanks to T.V. Paul, Mark Boyer, and Anthony Lang for ISA's taking a position in this case, and calling for the release of Prof. Homa Hoodfar, Supporting the academic freedom of our colleagues is an important function for ISA.
Meredith Reid Sarkees
Saturday, October 1, 2016 12:20 PM
Dr. Hoodfar has just been released from detention in Iran on humanitarian grounds. She has returned to Canada where she issued a statement thanking academic and civil society groups for publicizing her situation and working for her release.
Thanks to ISA for being among them!

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