AMCA Statement on Executive Order Concerning Refugees and Immigrants
On January 27, 2017 U.S. President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order proposing a 90-day suspension of visas and other immigration benefits to all nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia, a move that has grave and immediate consequences for artists, scholars, students, curators, and their families and communities, as well as for refugees and immigrants from various backgrounds throughout the world.
One short addendum to the discussion:
The article quotes Dean Taylor as saying that fewer than fifteen staff had been affected by the review. While this number is technically correct in that fewer than fifteen staff had been specifically "uninvited" to the new school, it does not include the 45 or so who were on contracts that will not be renewed.
The actual loss is thus closer to 60, or about two thirds of the former school.
Regrettably, the article in The Australian is now behind a paywall. The headline is "Asia purge continues at ANU," byline John Ross, date June 1, 2016, page 30.
Report dated June 1 from The Australian newspaper, quoting ANU Himalayan specialist John Powers:
“It effectively eliminates any semblance of tenure at ANU. ... It means even the most productive academics can be sacked at any time, and not for performance. ANU is always trying to recruit top talent from overseas, but you’d have to be crazy to leave a tenured position to come to ANU."
For those interested in how the recent cuts in ANU's School of Culture, History and Language have affected Southeast Asian Studies (particularly Southeast Asian history) and Indonesian Studies: http://asaa.asn.au/staff-cuts-threaten-anus-international-reputation/
You might have a look at the two Facebook pages:
Some of those affected have used these pages to confirm that they have not been invited to join the new school. Not the kind of thing that one would do lightly.
I believe that these pages also contain links to some of the university issued documents.
I wonder if anyone might be able to post independent confirmation of the ANU downgrade?
Thank you Annie, for writing this.
Because my own position at the ANU is as a visiting fellow, I was able to keep a bit more distance from the process than some of my colleagues. Nevertheless, it was been a horrific experience to watch the willful and entirely unnecessary destruction of a well-regarded institute, and with it dozens of careers.