In an open letter, 262 Danish researchers specializing in gender studies and immigration studies protested that “being intimidated and harassed, leading some people to take sick leave”.
In Denmark, there is no talk of “Islamic Left”. However, the current debate that is shaking Scandinavian countries largely echoes the debate initiated in February by the French Minister of Higher Education Frédérique Vidal (Frédérique Vidal).
Even his remarks “What is academic research, what is radicalism and opinions” Those who think that Danish universities are not sufficiently differentiated often agree with this.
In an open letter, addressed to their minister in charge, Social Democrat Ane Halsboe-Jorgensen, and published in the daily newspaper on Monday, June 7 political, 262 Danish researchers specializing in gender studies and immigration studies are protesting to meet “Being intimidated and harassed, leading some people to take sick leave”. Controversy: Suspicion that has an impact on their work has been identified as “fake-science” with “Identity Left” Right-wing and far-right politicians.
On May 28, a majority of representatives voted in favor of a motion that reviewed “Academic Self-discipline”, Calling on universities to ensure “Politics does not pretend to be science”In their forum, the researchers mentioned Frédérique Vidal, and according to them, his words played a role “Direct Mode” Danish politicians, they accused them of jeopardizing academic freedom in the kingdom.
Discuss not “Not new”, Mathias Danbolt, professor of art history at the University of Copenhagen and one of the authors of the forum, expressed his gratitude.But he assured us “The attack has intensified” These last few months.Not just “Mature researchers, as well as young people or doctoral students are specifically targeted”, But the target “Specific research fields, trying to legitimize the entire research field”.