In support of Fariba Adelkhah & Roland Marchal

#FreeFariba #FreeRoland

FARIBA ADELKHAH AND ROLAND MARCHAL INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT COMMITTEE

The international support committee was officialised in October 2019. Its aim is to mobilize the academic community for the release of Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal, and to defend the independence and freedom of research in regions of the world where it is increasingly threatened and politically exploited.

About the International Suppport Committee


It has just been revealed to the public that our colleague Roland Marchal is being detained in Iran.  Fariba Adelkhah’s incarceration was made known in July.

Two prominent French academics, both internationally renowned researchers, are in prison in Teheran today.

Fariba, an anthropologist, joined CERI in 1993. Roland, a sociologist with the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), has been part of CERI since 1997.

Twice now our centre has been affected by this incomprehensible and unprecedented attack on French citizens.

All members of CERI assure Fariba and Roland of their unwavering support and friendship during this terrible ordeal and share their families’ anxiety.

The CERI in its entirety vigorously condemns this blatant and unacceptable violation of the freedom of research by the Iranian authorities, in the case of Fariba and Roland, as well as that of all the other researchers detained in Iran, whatever their nationality.

They urge the French, European and international academic community of every discipline to suspend all current cooperation with Iran as a sign of solidarity and protest.

16 October 2019

Fariba Adelkhah, chercheuse au CERI, emprisonnée en Iran depuis juin 2019

WHO IS FARIBA ADELKHAH, SCIENTIFIC RESEARCHER DETAINED IN IRAN?

By Jean-François Bayart, Professor at IHEID (Geneva). Incarcerated in Iran since the beginning of June, Fariba Adelkhah, a specialist in social anthropology and political anthropology of post-revolutionary Iran, has been a researcher at the Centre for International Studies (CERI) since 1993. Her initial work focused on women and the Islamic Revolution. Her current research focuses on the circulation of Shiite clerics between Afghanistan, Iran, and Iraq. Internationally recognised and respected by her peers, Fariba Adelkhah is today an academic prisoner...Read more

Roland Marchal, chercheur au CERI, emprisonné en Iran depuis juin 2019

WHO IS ROLAND MARCHAL, SCIENTIFIC RESEARCHER DETAINED IN IRAN?

Biography written by Didier Péclard, University of Geneva, and Sandrine Perrot (CERI Sciences Po). Roland Marchal is a sociologist with the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and he has worked as a researcher at the Centre for International Studies of Sciences Po (CERI) since 1997. Today, he is an academic prisoner. Much of Roland Marchal's research has focused on analyzing civil wars in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in their relation to state formation. Roland is a tireless and energetic fieldworker, meticulous and zealous in his research. He has always pushed himself to the limits in a quest to bring out innovations and nuances throughout his research interests...Read more

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FARIBA ADELKHAH AND ROLAND MARCHAL INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT COMMITTEE

The international support committee was officialised in October 2019. Its aim is to mobilize the academic community for the release of Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal, and to defend the independence and freedom of research in regions of the world where it is increasingly threatened and politically exploited.

About the International Suppport Committee

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SCIENCES PO EXPRESSES ITS SUPPORT

Dear colleagues,

You have without doubt learned through the press of the detention in Iran of our colleague Roland Marchal, Researcher at the CNRS and CERI.

For safety reasons, the French authorities had not revealed the news of his arrest and had asked us to maintain the utmost discretion.

The scandalous, appalling and arbitrary incarceration of Roland Marchal adds to that of Fariba Adelkhah.

We are in contact with the Crisis and Support Centre of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs who is keeping us informed of their well-being, on the progress of their legal proceedings and the actions being taken to build their defence.

Rest assured that with the help of the French authorities, we are doing all that we can to provide assistance and support to our colleagues.

The entire Sciences Po community addresses a message of affection and solidarity to Fariba Adelkhah, Roland Marchal and their loved ones.

Olivier Duhamel, President of the FNSP

Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po

16 October 2019

#FreeFariba #FreeRoland

 

PROTEST BY THE FRENCH NATIONAL CENTRE FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH (CNRS)

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Le CNRS proteste vigoureusement contre l’arrestation et la détention de Roland Marchal, directeur de recherche CNRS, retenu depuis plusieurs mois en Iran. Il suit avec une très grande attention les actions menées par le gouvernement français et en particulier le Ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires Etrangères (MEAE) pour obtenir sa libération. Le CNRS apporte à Roland Marchal la protection fonctionnelle due à tous les agents de l’organisme.

Roland Marchal, dont les travaux portent sur l’économie et les conflits dans l’Afrique sub-saharienne, se rendait en Iran pour rejoindre Fariba Adelkhah, anthropologue franco-iranienne, également détenue depuis le mois de juin.

Le CNRS a demandé à tous les chercheurs et chercheuses de suspendre toute mission en Iran.

17 October 2019

 

FURTHER READING AND SUPPORT

- Sciences Po faculty (english) July 2019

- Association Française de Science Politique (French Political Science Association) July 2019

- Association des chercheurs de Politique africaine (ACPA), 16 October 2019

- Les Afriques dans le monde (LAM), 17 October 2019

- GIS "Afrique", 17 October 2019

- Fonds d'analyses des sociétés politiques (FASOPO), 17 October 2019

- The facts about Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal: What we know

- Iran - Situation of Roland Marchal - Q&A - From the press briefing (16 October 2019), French Diplomacy

 

You will find below a list of some of Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal's publications, available on this website.

Les Dossiers du CERI

July 2013
Sahel and the Mali crisis
Coordinated by Roland Marchal

May 2013
Iran : une époque révolue
Coordinated by Fariba Adelkhah

Podcasts

December 11, 2018
Réagencement des régimes autoritaires dans la grande Corne de l’Afrique
Scientific responsibility: 
Jean-Nicolas Bach and Roland Marchal

Novembre 13, 2018
Aspects d'une économie politique de la guerre civile en RCA
Scientific responsibility: 
Roland Marchal

Novembre 6, 2018
Crise de l'ethno-fédéralisme et réorientation du Developmental State en Éthiopie
Scientific responsibility: 
Sandrine Perrot, Richard Banégas, Laurent Fourchard and Roland Marchal

September 14, 2018
Governance and Security in the Sahel
Scientific responsibility: 
Roland Marchal and Rachel Beatty Riedl

May 26, 2016
Regards comparés sur l'Etat au Sahel
Scientific responsibility: 
Roland Marchal and Rachel Beatty Riedl

April 14, 2014
Militant Masks in Nigeria. Youth and Insecurity in the Niger Delta
Scientific responsibility: 
Sandrine Perrot, Richard Banégas and Roland Marchal

February 11, 2013
Interventions au Mali et enjeux régionaux
Roland Marchal

Books

2016, Routledge
The Thousand and One Borders of Iran. Travel and Identity
Fariba Adelkhah

2013, Éditions Le Cavalier Bleu
Les paradoxes de l’Iran. Idées reçues sur la République islamique
Fariba Adelkhah

2012, Éditions Karthala
Les mille et une frontières de l'Iran. Quand les voyages forment la nation
Fariba Adelkhah

2011, Routledge
The Moral Economy of the Madrasa. Islam and Education Today
Fariba Adelkhah and Keiko Sakurai (Eds)

2007, Éditions Karthala
Voyages du développement. Emigration, commerce, exil
Fariba Adelkhah and Jean-François Bayart (Eds)

2006, Éditions Karthala
Être moderne en Iran
Fariba Adelkhah

2003, Éditions Karthala
Guerres et sociétés. États et violence après la Guerre froide
Pierre Hassner and Roland Marchal (Eds)

2001, CNRS Éditions
Dubaï. Cité globale
Roland Marchal (Ed.)

2000, CNRS Éditions
Ramadan et politique
Fariba Adelkhah and François Georgeon (Eds)

1997, Éditions Karthala
Les chemins de la guerre et de la paix Fins de conflits en Afrique orientale et australe
Roland Marchal and Christine Messiant

1993, Éditions Complexe
Thermidor en Iran
Fariba Adelkhah, Jean-François Bayart and Olivier Roy

1991, Éditions Karthala
La révolution sous le voile. Femmes islamiques d'Iran
Fariba Adelkhah