Protecting Academic Freedom

Mi18Okt17:00Mi19:00Protecting Academic FreedomScholars at risk, scholars in exile: How can we strengthen and better protect individual freedom of research and teaching?VeranstaltungsartPanel

Protecting Academic Freedom Scholars at risk, scholars in exile: How can we strengthen and better protect individual freedom of research and teaching?


The opening event of the series „Protecting Academic Freedom” addresses both individual situations of academics and the existing and possible structures to support them. In addition, it looks equally at the threats to and protection of academics in the countries in which they work and in Germany, where they may have fled.

What are the experiences of academics both local and in exile, and what forms of support do they need? What influence does the exile situation have on their research? How can lessons learned from regional experiences in supporting academics be transferred internationally? What is the role of universities, university networks and local initiatives in protecting scientists? What structures exist and what are needed? What is the international situation of academic freedom?

The event will consist of a panel discussion with international scholars, followed by an informal exchange between the audience and the panelists and additional experts.
Among the guests are Dr. Viktoria Sereda (senior fellow and director of the research group „PRISMA UKRAÏNA: War, Migration and Memory” at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin), Prof. Dr. Nazan Maksudyan (senior researcher and director of the project „Ottoman Auralities and the Eastern Mediterranean: Sound, Media and Power, 1789-1914” at the Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin), and Irene Bollien (program „Science at Risk Emergency Office” at the Akademisches Netzwerk Osteuropa e.V., Berlin) and Dr. Eylaf Bader Eddin (research associate in the ERC project “SYRASP. The Prison Narratives of Assad’s Syria: Voices, Texts, Publics” at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin).

Thematic focus of the series

Scientific freedom is under threat worldwide. Free scientific thought and work is restricted in many countries and at many levels by individual and institutional attacks. Authoritarian regimes attack scientists and academic institutions and expose them to repression. These range from physical threats and violence to legal persecution and deprivation of academic positions to political influence on issues in research and teaching. The attacks hinder the universities and their employees in their important work – forward-looking research, the training of future leaders and the social communication of orienting knowledge. Therefore, the freedom of science must be secured and threatened scientists must be supported.

Event language: English.

Registration is requested.

The event is part of the series “Protecting Academic Freedom” by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius and the Volkswagen Foundation in cooperation with the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Berlin State Library) and the Tagesspiegel.

During the event, pictures will be taken for the public relations of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. With your registration you agree to the publication for non-commercial purposes.

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