Statement from global academics on the death of Mahsa Amini and people’s uprising in Iran

October 19, 2022

We are deeply saddened by the brutal death of 22-year-old Mahsa (Zhina) Amini in the hands of the so-called Morality Police in Iran. Her untimely and tragic death represents the continued repression of Iranian women in particular and Iranian civil society in general. Outraged by her death, Iranian people from all walks of life have taken to the streets, in the past few days, to not only grieve Mahsa’s death and express sympathy with her family, but to once again protest against the repressive measures of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The new wave of nationwide protests in Iran indicates the latest episode in the continued movement of dignity and quest for a free and better life, as it unfolds in the movements of women, workers, university students, teachers, retirees, minorities, merchants and middle classes. This movement is being led by women who constitute a formidable social force. The key motto of this movement, “Woman, Life, Freedom,” captures the social imagination of Iranians who are struggling for a bright future. The protest movement indicates the fact that it has been a long time since Iranians have outgrown their static and unresponsive state and its medieval measures and rules. 

We express our deepest condolences to Mahsa Amini’s family and the families of the brave souls who lost their lives in this recent protest movement and stand in solidarity with the Iranian peoples and their continued fight for liberation, justice, and dignity.

177 Signatories

  1. Noam Chomsky, Emeritus Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  2. Ervand Abrahamian, Professor Emeritus, City University of New York, USA
  3. Hamid Dabashi, Columbia University, USA
  4. Janet Afary, University of California-Santa Barbara, USA
  5. Mehrzad Boroujerdi, Dean, Missouri University of Science & Technology, USA 
  6. Haideh Moghissi, Emerita Professor, York University, Canada
  7. Saeed Rahnema, Emeritus Professor, York University, Canada
  8. Ramin Jahanbegloo, Jindal Global University, India 
  9. Peyman Vahabzadeh, University of Victoria, Canada 
  10. Fatemeh Shams, University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A 
  11. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, University of California-Los Angeles, USA
  12. Ehsan Kashfi, University of Alberta, Canada
  13. Megan Aiken, University of Alberta, Canada
  14. Kamran Matin, University of Sussex, UK
  15. Benjamin Selwyn, University of Sussex, UK
  16. David Wearing, University of Sussex, UK
  17. Wassim Naboulsi-Lebanese, University of Sussex, UK
  18. Barzoo Eliassi, Linnaeus University, Sweden
  19. Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi, University of London, UK
  20. Dinah Rajak, University of Sussex, UK 
  21. Alistair Markland, University of Sussex, UK
  22. Katie Walsh, University of Sussex, UK
  23. David Brenner, University of Sussex, UK
  24. Sally R Munt, University of Sussex UK
  25. Fatemeh Karimi, School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, France
  26. Orkideh Behrouzan, SOAS University of London, UK
  27. Nader Hashemi, University of Denver, UK
  28. Pinar Dinc, Lund University, Sweden
  29. Minoo Derayeh, York University, Canada
  30. Shahrzad Mojab, University of Toronto, Canada
  31. Mehran Rezaei, University of Sussex, UK
  32. Faiz Sheikh, University of Sussex, UK
  33. Kevin Gray, University of Sussex, UK
  34. Andrea Brock, University of Sussex, UK
  35. Sunit Bagree, University of Sussex, UK
  36. Daniela Soto Hernández, University of Sussex, UK
  37. Fataneh Farahani, Stockholm University, Sweden
  38. Fereydoon Rahmani, York University, Canada
  39. Siavash Saffari, Seoul National University, South Korea
  40. Azadeh Kian, Université Paris Cité, France
  41. Khatereh Sheibani, York University, Toronto, Canada
  42. Ian H. Angus, Professor Emeritus, Simon Fraser University, Canada 
  43. Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Emerita Professor, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  44. Kaveh Abbasian, University of Kent, UK
  45. Torsten Janson, Lund University, Sweden
  46. Atousa Hajshirmohammadi, Simon Fraser University, Canada 
  47. Deanna Reder, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  48. Richard Hall, De Montfort University, UK
  49. Denise Oleksijczuk, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  50. Meg Holden, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  51. Chantal Gibson, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  52. Mariano Féliz, CONICET-National University of La Plata, Argentina
  53. Corina Andreoiu, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  54. Yushu Zhu, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  55. Frederick Harry Pitts, University of Bristol, UK
  56. Susan M Russell, Emerita Professor, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  57. Sirma Bilge, Université de Montréal, Canada
  58. Patricia Gruben, Emerita Professor, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  59. Sumi Madhok, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  60. El Chenier, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  61. Verónica Dahl, Emerita Professor, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  62. Arlene McLaren, Emerita Professor, Simon Fraser University, Canada 
  63. Mehmet Mashuq Kurt, Royal Holloway University of London, UK 
  64. Sheila Delany, Emerita Professor, Simon Fraser University, Canada 
  65. Janice Matsumura, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  66. Ronda Arab, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  67. Gaëlle Planchenault, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  68. Carolyn Mamchur, Simon Fraser University, Canada 
  69. Touraj Atabaki, International Institute of Social History, The Netherlands
  70. Nima Naghibi, Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada 
  71. Mehmet Ugur, University of Greenwich, UK
  72. Nuno Ferreira, University of Sussex, UK
  73. Maral Karimi, University of Toronto, Canada
  74. Saeed Paivandi, University of Lorraine, France
  75. Andreas Bieler, University of Nottingham, UK 
  76. Ouldooz Baghban Karimi, Simon Fraser University, Canada 
  77. Maryam Jafari, Monash university, Australia
  78. Dax D’Orazio, Queen’s University, Canada
  79. Maria Vamvalis, University of Toronto, Canada 
  80. Jinko Graham, Simon Fraser University, Canada 
  81. Brad McNeney, Simon Fraser University, Canada 
  82. Anissa Bougrea, Ghent University, Belgium
  83. Elisabeth Hultqvist, Uppsala University, Sweden
  84. Rachel Rosen, UCL Social Research Institute, UK 
  85. Susanne Gannon, Western Sydney University, Australia 
  86. Birgitta Svensson, Emerita Professor, Stockholm University, Sweden 
  87. Katarina Mattsson, Södertörn University, Sweden
  88. Lena Sawyer, Gothenburg University, Sweden
  89. Paulina de los Reyes, Stockholm University, Sweden
  90. Sarah Ganter, Simon Fraser University, Canada 
  91. Serap Saritas, Researcher, Norway
  92. Kristina Boréus, Upsala University, Sweden 
  93. Tobias Froese, ESCP Business School, Germany
  94. Morten Ougaard, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  95. Fanny Ambjörnsson, Stockholm university, Sweden
  96. Sara Ahmed, Independent Scholar
  97. Rajvir Gill, De Montfort University, UK 
  98. Lisa Tilley, SOAS University of London, UK
  99. Josephine Sirotkin, University of Leeds, UK
  100. Mai Taha, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  101. Diana Mulinari, Lund University, Sweden 
  102. Clive Gabay, Queen Mary University of London, UK
  103. Rowena Abdul Razak, London School of Economics & Political Science, UK  
  104. Kim Allen, University of Leeds, UK
  105. Amin Parsa, Örebro University, Sweden
  106. Deise Faria Nunes, University of Agder, Norway 
  107. Linnéa Bruno, Stockholm University, Sweden 
  108. Erika Cudworth, De Montfort University, UK
  109. Anupama Ranawana, University of St Andrews, UK
  110. Catherine Chiniara Charrett, Queen Mary University, UK
  111. Emil Edenborg, Stockholm University, Sweden
  112. Irene Molina, Uppsala University, Sweden 
  113. Patricia Lorenzoni, Uppsala University, Sweden
  114. Rinaldo Walcott, University of Toronto, Canada
  115. Alireza Behtoui, Södertörn University, Sweden
  116. Nadira Omarjee, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
  117. Redi Koobak, University of Bergen, Norway
  118. Annika Lindberg, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  119. Nil Mutluer, EUME-Berlin, Germany 
  120. Moira Dustin, University of Sussex, UK
  121. Katrina Gaber, Uppsala university, Sweden
  122. Chris Beasley, University of Adelaide, Australia
  123. Vanessa Rivera de la Fuente, Universidad de Concepcion, Chile
  124. Sharareh Akhavan, University of Gävle, Sweden 
  125. Marral Shamshiri, LSE, UK
  126. Fereshteh Ahmadi, University of Gävle, Sweden
  127. Paola Rivetti, Dublin City University, Ireland
  128. Zara Saeidzadeh, Örebro University, Sweden
  129. Cecilia Åse, Stockholm University, Sweden
  130. Jeff Hearn, Örebro University, Sweden
  131. Kendra Strauss, Simon Fraser University, Canada 
  132. Peyman Jafari, The College of William and Mary, USA
  133. Stefan Jonsson, Linköping University, Sweden
  134. Misagh Javadpour, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
  135. Parvaneh Saeedi, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  136. Elise Sammons, University of Alberta, Canada 
  137. Sara Naderi, University of Victoria, Canada 
  138. Shekoufeh Sakhi, Independent Scholar, Canada 
  139. Nadira Omarjee, Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands
  140. Redi Koobak, University of Bergen, Norway
  141. Annika Lindberg, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  142. Nil Mutluer, EUME-Berlin, Germany
  143. Nafiseh Mousavi, Linnaeus University, Sweden 
  144. Taina Maki Chahal, Lakehead University, Canada
  145. Nazanin Ghaffari, University of Texas-Arlington, USA
  146. Farhad Khosrokhavar, Emeritus Professor, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, France
  147. Nicky Didicher, Simon Fraser University, Canada 
  148. Clare McGovern, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  149. David Esteban Builes Morales, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia 
  150. Maria Cristina Rengifo Ramirez, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia
  151. Hugo Alberto Buitrago Montoya, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia 
  152. Álvaro Rodríguez Pastrana, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia
  153. Sara Kermanian, University of Sussex, UK 
  154. Maureen O’Reilly-Landry, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, USA 
  155. Vahid Ravaghi, University of Birmingham, UK 
  156. Mohammad-Reza Nikfar, Independent scholar, Germany 
  157. Renée O’Leary, Independent Scholar, Canada  
  158. Edda Manga, Mångkulturellt Centrum, Sweden 
  159. Ali Mozaffari, Deakin University, Australia 
  160. Päivi Turunen, University of Gävle, Sweden
  161. Nanna Ramsing Enemark, Aalborg University, Denmar
  162. Yvonne Franke, University of Vechta, Germany 
  163. Lottie Wahlin, University of Gävle, Sweden
  164. Ulrika Dahl, Uppsala University, Sweden
  165. Meera Atkinson, University of Sydney, Australia
  166. Maija Runcis, Stockholm University, Sweden
  167. Kayhan Valadbaygi, Leiden University, The Netherlands 
  168. Hossein Sheiban, Stockholm University, Sweden 
  169. Elaine Swan, University of Sussex, UK 
  170. Ben Luongo, St. Lawrence University, USA
  171. Gi Yeon Koo, Seoul National University, South Korea 
  172. Hedvig Ekerwald, Uppsala University, Sweden 
  173. Moises Garduño Garcia, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México 
  174. Isaura Castelao-Huerta, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México
  175. Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  176. Mark Muhannad Ayyash, Mount Royal University, Canada
  177. Samir Gandesha, Simon Fraser University, Canada