In the contemporary moment, academic freedom in places near and far faces threats from various directions – from authoritarian regimes, exigencies of war and occupation, and intolerant state and non-state actors, to profit-maximisation models and audit cultures in the realms of education. What are the means that we can muster for safeguarding academic freedom and the conditions for critical thinking in these turbulent times? How can it be legitimised as a right that transcends international boundaries? How can it be asserted when it is threatened in relatively oblique ways? We are expecting that our speakers will draw on their first-hand experiences as well as their research to address these themes.
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