After over 400 academics and professors from over 200 of the world’s leading universities, including Jürgen Habermas, Judith Butler, Thomas Piketty, Yuval Noah Harari, Francis Fukuyama, Martha Nussbaum and Nancy Fraser and others, had given their public support to the employees of the Institute of Philosophy and Social Theory in Belgrade (IFDT), Noam Chomsky personally sent a letter to the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, on the matter.
In the letter, Chomsky, who is deemed one of the top intellectuals in the world today, said that it was a privilege to work with representatives of the Institute of Philosophy in Belgrade and expressed concern that “this exceptional Institute has been targeted by the authorities and that a witch-hunt is spreading in the region, especially in Hungary, in education, culture and research institutions”, while expressing his hope that “Serbia will not go down this dark path”.
He also asked Vučić to facilitate “a transparent and adequate procedure in electing a new director.
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He also stated that the IFDT is rightly concerned about the inadequate composition of the Board of Directors, which will have very damaging consequences for the independent work of the authority.
Noam Chomsky, a foreign member of the SANU Academy, has thus joined an impressive number of international intellectuals who have appealed to the Serbian state to allow the Institute of Philosophy and Social Theory to set up an impartial and competent board of directors and to initiate a transparent and adequate procedure to elect a new director.
The employees of the Institute have repeatedly publicly recalled that, due to their critical approach to all authorities, they have been under attack for more than a year from certain structures in the country “which have imposed a compromised chairman of the board and an incompetent director pro tempore outside the Institute”.
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