Today, throughout the world, there are increasing threats to academic freedom – from authoritarian regimes and in regions at war or under occupation, but also by intolerant state and non-state actors. Academic freedom is also increasingly compromised within the academy itself by profit-maximisation models and audit cultures. How can we safeguard academic freedom and the conditions for critical thinking in these turbulent times? What measures can be taken to embed the principle of academic freedom as part of the international rights agenda? How can we defend it in practice as “managerial culture” becomes ever more prevalent within our universities and education institutions? Our speakers drew on their first-hand experiences as well as their research to address these themes.
The speeches from the Conference are available below.