The International Studies Association, the world's largest association of scholars in the field, once again affirms the principle of academic freedom and its implications for the autonomy of academic institutions. This principle must be protected against government interference with research, teaching and the management of academic institutions.
ISA therefore adds its voice to those who already have spoken out with concern about the autonomy of academic institutions in Hungary. The specific matter at hand is government interference with the independence of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. This is described in media coverage and constitutes an attack on academic freedom. We urge the Hungarian government to reconsider its interference with the Academy.
This statement follows on from previous ones issued by ISA about actions taken by the Hungarian government against the Central European University. As such, we reiterate our concerns about academic freedom in Hungary. ISA has many members throughout Europe and we consider it our duty to join other concerned professional bodies in monitoring this situation.
For further information about ISA's deliberative processes on academic freedom concerns and the committee's charge from the Governing Council, please see: http://www.isanet.org/ISA/Governance/Committees/Academic-Freedom.
Patrick James, ISA President
Mark A. Boyer, ISA Executive Director
Kristian Gleditsch, Chair, ISA Academic Freedom Committee