A French anthropologist who was scheduled to hold a conference in Turkey on Iran’s Woman, Life, Freedom protest movement says the event has been canceled “to not offend the Islamic Republic of Iran in the current context of the war in Gaza.”
Chowra Makaremi said on the social media platform X that the conference, which was set to take place at the French Institute of Anatolian Studies in Istanbul on December 1, was called off “at the request of the French Embassy.”
My conference "Woman! Life! Freedom!" at the French Institute in Istanbul has been cancelled at the request of the French Embassy. Not to offend the Islamic Republic of Iran in the current context of the war in Gaza. 👇 1/3 pic.twitter.com/qTkyA6UnII— Chowra Makaremi (@chowmak) November 30, 2023
“A shame: it's more important than ever to talk about uprisings and revolutionary feminism. To destroy these binary logics of realpolitik & war, which leave no prospect of political emancipation,” the researcher of Iranian origin said in a separate post.
“The betrayal of the Iranian people is total and complete, and serves no one anywhere, in the region or elsewhere,” she also wrote.
The conference was organized after the publication of her book Women ! Life ! Freedom ! Echoes of a Revolutionary Uprising in Iran.
The monthslong demonstrations demanding fundamental changes in Iran were sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody for an alleged head-scarf violation.
They were brutally put down by security forces. More than 500 people were killed in the repression and over 20,000 were unlawfully detained, including many journalists, human rights advocates and civil activists.
Following biased trials, the judiciary has handed down stiff sentences, including the death penalty, to protesters.