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Humanist Archives: Feb. 28, 2022, 6:29 a.m. Humanist 35.558 - courage to stand against

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 558.
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        Date: 2022-02-27 09:57:55+00:00
        From: maurizio lana <>
        Subject: courage to stand against

dear Humanists,

there is online (at
a message of our Russian DH colleagues, addressed to EADH (European
Association of Digital Humanities) who express their utter dissent
from the military action of the Russian government against Ukraine.
they are 85 at the moment when i write here.

this means that EADH is felt as a place of freedom of thought 
and where people feel their personal and public story is being
welcomed. our Russian colleagues, in signing this letter, have 
shown more courage than anyone of us. i recall the Italian 
professors who did not swear their loyalty to Fascism. our 
colleagues publicly state that they do not recognize themselves 
in the actions of their government.

i fear that it could (will?) be dangerous for these people
to have expressed their dissent in a public document with
their name and surname: they are not nomadic reindeer
herders, they are people who work in universities, in public

In Italy, this dissent reminds us of the dissent of the
university professors who did not swear to Fascism in 1931.


Maurizio Lana
Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici
UniversitĂ  del Piemonte Orientale
piazza Roma 36 - 13100 Vercelli
tel. +39 347 7370925

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