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“Former students of Sciences Po Grenoble, we want to defend academic freedom”

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Grandstand. For several months, the Grenoble Institute of Political Studies (IEP) has been the center of numerous controversies, culminating in the suspension for four months of a professor on December 14, 2021 for breaches of obligations. related to civil servant status. We, former students and former students of the IEP of Grenoble, coming from all walks of life, observe with dismay the various positions taken by elected personalities, ministers, academics and some of our comrades against of our school.

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We condemn all violence against teachers, researchers and students. Investigations are underway, and we leave it to the competent people to make the decisions that will be necessary.

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If we want to speak today, it is above all to take a step back from the situation and express our concern about the potentially dangerous interference of public authorities in academic affairs, and the political instrumentalization of this affair which we are witnessing and which is deeply intolerable to us.

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The IEP of Grenoble, like other French universities, is accused of ideological drift, at the expense of the plurality of research in the social sciences. This type of accusation testifies not only to a lack of knowledge of the variety and scope of research fields, but also of the quality of research within the laboratories Pacte de recherche en sciences sociales, Cerdap2 (Centre for Studies and Research on Diplomacy, Public Administration and Politics), Cesice (Centre for Studies on International Security and European Cooperation), and at the IEP, whose indicted subjects do not only form a marginal part.

We strongly condemn the normalization of conceptually unfounded terms, borrowed from the far right, in the press, and political discourse, which call into question the scientific rigor of the teacher-researchers of our school; and we bring our support to those who work on the concepts of racism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, and on the subjects of equality and the fight against discrimination in general.

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We protest against the announced decision of the president of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, Laurent Wauquiez, to put an end to regional funding for the IEP of Grenoble. As a reminder, the region’s financial support includes the allocation of scholarships to students in difficulty, support for social action and continuing education projects, in particular to facilitate access to higher education and employment: it is therefore the students who are most in need who will suffer the most.

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