January 8, 2011

Expecting a fatwa on cinema studies in three, two, one …

Filed under: Education, Media, Middle East, Religion — Tags: , , — Nicholas @ 11:59

I can’t imagine how brave (or foolhardy) you would have to be as a professor to approve this thesis proposal:

Three academics at one of Turkey’s top universities have been sacked after a student made a pornographic film for his dissertation project.

Bilgi University in Istanbul has shut its film department, and police are looking into possible criminal charges.

A number of other academics have protested against the response.

The incident has drawn attention to the clash between traditional values and the sometimes experimental arts and lifestyles practised in Istanbul.

[. . .]

As well as the firing of the three academics — who are now being investigated by the police — the entire Communications Faculty has been shut down.

Mr Ozgun, and the former student who starred in his film, have gone into hiding.

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