A List of Academic Petitions and Open Letters

This page lists all recent petitions and open letters targeting individual academics or small groups of scholars

[Last updated: 24th August, 2020.]

In recent years, a phenomenon has arise in which a large number of scholars get together to denounce one of their colleagues via an open letter or online petition. All cases of which I am aware are listed below. To qualify for inclusion, the letter or petition must: target an individual academic or a small group of scholars; criticise the academic work or sociopolitical views of the target; and be signed by at least five academics.

  1. Thomas Schelling & Robert Aumann — denounced for, respectively, encouraging the “coercive use of military force” and using “his analysis to justify the Israeli Occupation and the oppression of the Palestinians” in a petition signed by 1,000 academics and intellectuals.

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