Staff & Students UNITED

We, the undersigned members of staff at SOAS, wish to express our strong support for SOAS students’ peaceful direct action against the planned cuts to the higher education budget, increases in tuition fees and the abolition of EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance). These policies, together with proposals that effectively limit the number of overseas students, are highly damaging to the future of higher education in the UK. They will contribute to already rampant social and economic inequalities and undermine prospects for a more favourable response to the current economic, and potentially social, crisis. Instead of this destructive agenda, a growing, more egalitarian and internationally open higher education sector should be an absolute priority. Not only can this be financed, but dedicated public investment into higher education is central to an enlightened and far-sighted response to the current economic crisis.

We urge the School to support our students’ protests, and the SOAS Director and Vice-Chancellor of the University of London to express stringent and unequivocal opposition to the current government’s plans for higher education.

See signatures in the “Comments” section.

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16 Responses to Staff & Students UNITED

  1. List of signatories as of 7 December 2010

    Department of Economics
    Collectively endorsed by academic staff & PhD students of the Department of Economics

    Jan Toporowski
    Reader in Economics, Head of Department

    Ozlem Arpac Arconian
    Lecturer in Economics

    Robert F Ash
    Professor of Economics with reference to China and Taiwan

    Stephanie Blankenburg
    Lecturer in International Political Economy (Economics / CISD)

    Anne Booth
    Professor of Economics with reference to Asia

    Chris Bramall
    Professor of Economics

    Sonali Deraniyagala
    Lecturer in Economics

    Ourania Dimakou
    Senior Teaching Fellow

    Paulo dos Santos
    Lecturer in Economics

    Graham Dyer
    Lecturer in Economics with reference to the Near and Middle East

    Ben Fine
    Professor of Economics

    Ben Groom
    Senior Lecturer in Economics

    Hassan Hakimian
    Reader in Economics

    Jane Harrigan
    Professor of Economics

    Deborah Johnston
    Senior Lecturer in Development Economics

    Massoud Karshenas
    Professor of Economics

    Mushtaq Khan
    Professor of Economics

    Costas Lapavitsas
    Professor in Economics

    Dic Lo
    Senior Lecturer in Economics

    Matthew Mccartney
    Lecturer in Economics with reference to South Asia

    Satoshi Miyamura
    Japan Foundation Lecturer in the Economy of Japan

    Machiko Nissanke
    Professor of Economics

    Andre Noor
    Computing and Statistical Officer and Teaching Fellow

    Duo Qin
    Reader in Economics

    John Simister
    Senior Teaching Fellow

    Alice Sindzingre
    Visiting Lecturer and Research Associate

    Graham Smith
    Reader in Economics

    Hiroshi Tohyama
    Visiting Professor of Finance and the Japanese Economy Bank of Japan

    Elisa Van Waeyenberge
    Lecturer in Economics

    Giovanni Cozzi
    Teaching Fellow (Economics / CISD)

    Jeff Powell
    PhD candidate & Graduate Teaching Assistant

    Sobhi Samour
    PhD candidate

    Samina Dossani
    PhD candidate & Graduate Teaching Assistant

    Pallavi Roy
    PhD candidate & Graduate Teaching Assistant

    Eugenia Pires
    PhD student

    Eka Ikpe
    PhD candidate

    Marco Boffo
    PhD candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant

    Elif Karacimen
    PhD candidate

    Daniela Tavasci
    PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow

    Annina Kaltenbrunner
    PhD candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant

    Department of Politics

    Laleh Khalili
    Senior Lecturer in Middle East Politics

    Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
    Lecturer in Comparative and International Politics of the Middle East

    Mark Laffey
    Senior Lecturer in International Politics (Politics / CISD)

    Julia Strauss
    Senior Lecturer in Chinese Politics

    Corinna Mullin
    Lecturer in Middle East Politics

    Phil Clark
    Lecturer in Comparative and International Politics, with reference to Africa

    Manjeet Ramgotra
    Teaching Fellow

    Polly Pallister-Wilkins
    Senior Teaching Fellow

    Rahul Rao
    Lecturer in International Relations (Politics / CISD)

    Felix Berenskoetter
    Lecturer in International Relations (Politics / CISD)

    Charles Tripp
    Professor of Politics with reference to the Middle East

    Sossie Kasbarian
    Senior Teaching Fellow

    Steve Heder
    Lecturer in South East Asian Politics

    Salwa Ismail
    Professor of Politics with reference to the Middle East

    Bhavna Dave
    Senior Lecturer in Politics of Central Asia

    Yuka Kobayashi
    Lecturer in China and International Politics

    David Harris
    Senior Teaching Fellow

    Department of Anthropology

    John Campbell
    Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology
    Tom Selwyn
    Professorial Research Associate

    Magnus Marsden
    Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology
    Richard Fardon
    Professor of Social Anthropology

    Elizabeth Hull
    Research Associate

    Christopher Davis
    Lecturer in Social Anthropology

    Parvathi Raman
    Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology
    Kostas Retsikas
    Lecturer in Social Anthropology

    Trevor Marchand
    Professor of Social Anthropology

    Edward Simpson
    Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology

    Gabriele Vom Bruck
    Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology

    Louella Matsunaga
    Senior Teaching Fellow

    Richard Axelby
    Senior Teaching Fellow

    Stephen Hughes
    Lecturer in Social Anthropology

    Dolores Martinez
    Reader in Social Anthropology

    Anne-Mette Fiske Nielsen
    Senior Teaching Fellow

    Johan Pottier
    Professor of African Anthropology

    Emma Crewe
    Visiting Reader in Social Anthropology

    Gustaaf Houtman
    Senior Teaching Fellow

    Mahnaz Marashi
    Senior Teaching Fellow

    Alice Tilche
    Teaching Assistant

    David Mosse
    Professor of Social Anthropology

    Ana Margarida Sousa Santos
    Senior Teaching Fellow

    Department of Development Studies

    Subir Sinha
    Senior Lecturer in Institutions and Development

    Jens Lerche
    Senior Lecturer in Development Studies

    Alfredo Filho
    Professor of Development Studies

    Laura Hammond
    Senior Lecturer in Development Studies

    Paolo Novak
    Lecturer in Development Studies

    Thomas Marois
    Lecturer in Political Economy

    Anna Lindley
    Lecturer in Migration and Development

    Deniz Kandiyoti
    Professor of Development Studies (Emeritus)

    Alessandra Mezzadri
    Lecturer in Development Studies

    Dae-Oup Chang
    Lecturer in Development Studies

    Zoe Marriage
    Senior Lecturer in Development Studies

    Elena Baglioni
    Teaching Fellow in Development Studies

    Carlos Oya
    Senior Lecturer in Political Economy of Development

    Nandini Nayak
    Teaching Fellow

    Bernd Mueller
    Research Officer

    Centre for Gender Studies

    Nadje Al-Ali
    Professor of Gender Studies

    Ruba Salih
    Lecturer in Gender Studies

    Leyli Behbahani
    PhD candidate & GTA

    Department of the Languages & Cultures of South Asia

    Amina Yacin
    Lecturer in Urdu and Postcolonial Studies

    Whitney Cox
    Lecturer in Sanskrit, Deputy Chair (Centre of South Asian Studies)

    Department of the Languages & Cultures of Near and Middle East

    Karima Laachir
    Lecturer in Literary and Cultural Studies

    Tudor Parfitt
    Professor of Modern Jewish Studies

    Ayman Shihadeh
    Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies

    Ayman El-Desouky
    Lecturer in Arabic and Comparative Literature

    Nada Elzeer
    Senior Lector in Arabic

    Muaadh Salih
    Principal Fellow in Arabic, Arabic Project Coordinator

    Narguess Farzad
    Senior Fellow in Persian

    Ayman Shihadeh
    Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies

    Mark Weedon
    British Academy Research Fellow

    Kate Zebiri
    Senior Lecturer in Arabic

    Yorgos Dedes
    Lecturer in Turkish

    Oznur Ayman
    Senior Teaching Fellow in Turkish

    Centre for International Studies & Diplomacy

    Dan Plesch
    Director, CISD

    Peter Muchlinski
    Professor of International Commercial Law (Law / CISD)

    Gonzalo Pozo

    Catriona Drew
    Lecturer in International Law (Law / CISD)

    Suthaharan Nadarajah
    Lecturer in International Project and Public Policy Management

    David Rampton
    Senior Teaching Fellow in Development Studies

    John Game

    Arash Sedighi

    Harald Heubaum
    Senior Teaching Fellow

    Jaana Karhilo

    Salim Dasu

    Daniel McCarthy

    Department of South East Asia

    Rachel Harrison
    Reader in Thai Cultural Studies

    Ben Murtagh
    Lecturer in Indonesian and Malay

    Justin Watkins
    Senior Lecturer in Burmese (Myanmar)

    David Smyth
    Senior Lecturer in Thai

    Mulaika Hijjas
    British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow

    Abdullah Din Sani
    Lector in Indonesian

    Tharaphi Than
    Lector in Burmese (Myanmar)

    Department of the Languages & Cultures of Africa

    Lindiwe Dovey
    Senior Lecturer in African Film and Performance Arts

    Lutz Marten
    Reader in Reader in General and African Linguistics

    Kai Easton
    Lecturer in African Literature & Diaspora Studies

    Akin Oyètádé
    Senior Lecturer in Yorùbá

    Department of Religion

    Sian Hawthorne
    Lecturer, Critical Theory & the Study of Religions

    Peter Flügel
    Lecturer in the Study of Religions

    Cosimo Zene
    Reader in the Study of Religions

    Christopher A. Daily
    Senior Teaching Fellow

    Benedetta Lomi
    PhD candidate and Teaching Assistant

    Japan & Korea

    Barbara Pizziconi
    Senior lecturer in Japanese applied linguistics

    Mika Kizu
    Lecturer in Japanese

    Alan Cummings
    Teaching Fellow in Japanese

    Miki Kawabata
    Senior Lector in Japanese

    Centre of Korean Studies

    Owen Miller
    Research Associate

    Department of Linguistics

    Monik Charette
    Reader in Linguistics

    Irina Nikolaeva
    Lecturer in Linguistics

    Jean McGarry
    ELDP Administrator

    Oliver Bond
    Researcher in Language Documentation

    Kirsty Rowan
    Senior Teaching Fellow

    Noriko Iwasaki
    Lecturer in Language Pedagogy

    Shanti Ulfsbjorninn
    Teaching Fellow

    Sophie Salffner
    Teaching Fellow

    Wynn Chao
    Lecturer in Linguistics

    School of Law

    Lynn Welchman
    Professor of Law with particular reference to the Middle East and North Africa

    Makeen Makeen
    Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law

    Gina Heathcote
    Senior Teaching Fellow

    Chandra Sriram
    Professor of Law

    Ana Stanic
    Lecturer in Law

    Alexander Fischer
    Lecturer in Law

    Maria-Federica Moscati
    Senior Teaching Fellow

    Media Studies

    Annabelle Sreberny
    Professor of Global Media and Communications, Director of Centre

    Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad
    Senior Teaching Fellow

    Mark Hobart
    Professor of Critical Media and Cultural Studies

    China and Inner Asia

    Cosima Bruno
    Mellon Lecturer in China Studies

    Bernhard Fuehrer
    Professor of Sinology

    Department of History

    Konrad Hirschler
    Senior Lecturer in the History of the Near and Middle East

    Lars Peter Laamann
    Lecturer in the History of China

    Christopher Gerteis
    Lecturer in the History of Contemporary Japan

    Angus Lockyer
    Lecturer in the History of Japan

    Benjamin Fortna
    Senior Lecturer in the Modern History of the Middle East

    Department of Music

    Rachel Harris
    Senior Lecturer in Music, Head of Department

    Richard Widdess
    Professor of Musicology

  2. Sophia Hoffmann says:

    Fantastic! I’m so proud of SOAS!

    Sophia Hoffmann
    PhD Candidate, Politics and International Studies

  3. More music colleagues says:

    Please add:

    Nick Gray
    Lecturer, Music Department
    Abigail Wood
    Lecturer, Music Department

  4. caroline osella says:

    am away from SOAS on research leave, but please do add my name also to the anthropology dept. list of signatories. Saw photo of Prof Trevor Marchand’s teach-out on the web, and feel it was a great initiative: peaceful, creative and hopefully effective protest.

  5. phil stebbing says:

    As an outsider looking in at what is happening with the student demonstrations and their demands for an affordable education (which is very reasonable seeing as in my day it was free and we had a grant) I am so encouraged to see the support from lecturers.

    Your cause is fair and just.

    Well done

  6. JB says:

    About police kettling and containment tactics.

    Have you considered splitting protests into different groups to go to different locations at the same time?

    This will limit the opportunities for police to use kettling (vehicle and manpower intensive) and also significantly reduce the likelihood of violence because the confrontation will not be so direct.

    Groups going to many different locations could force police to treat protestors with more respect because the police simply do not have the manpower to deal with any riots they trigger by brutal tactics, especially not if the peaceful protests continue for several days, as demonstrations in northern Germany concerning the Castor transport showed.

  7. F Hassan says:

    Reading the list of signatures brought tears to my eyes… Solidarity comrades! Peace and blessings.

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