The American Political Science Association condemns the Hungarian government’s decision to revoke accreditation and funding for gender studies programs at the country’s universities. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s decree is an egregious violation of academic freedom.
It is particularly concerning that the Hungarian government dismisses gender studies as ideology, when in fact, gender studies is a long-standing, evidence-based research area and academic field that informs our understanding of how gender impacts all areas of sociopolitical and economic life, and how public policies reflect and shape struggles for gender equality. Banning scholarship and education on gender and inequality not only infringes on the academic freedom of the students and instructors in those departments, but also deprives all of Hungary’s students and researchers of the critical insights into society and humanity gender studies provides.
The American Political Science Association is a scholarly association that represents more than 11,000 U.S. and internationally based professors and students of political science, including scholars in Hungary. As made clear in APSA’s previous statement, political interference in an accredited and legitimate degree program is unacceptable. We strongly urge Prime Minister Orbán to rescind this decree.