Academic Freedom in a Plural World: Global Critical Perspectives
June 9, 8:00am-12:00pm EDT
June 10, 10:00am-2:00pm EDT
Zoom link: https://mcgill.zoom.us/j/85114784769
Free, and open to all
This conference will bring together over 20 scholars from a variety of regions and disciplines to discuss current challenges to academic freedom, emphasizing transnational developments. Four panels will discuss the following themes:
Panel 1 (June 9, 8:00 am EDT): Imagining, Defending, Critiquing Academic Freedom will endeavor to get the conference discussions launched by articulating different visions and conceptualizations of academic freedom.
Panel 2 (June 9, 10:15 am EDT): Diversity and the Democratization of Academic Freedom will explore the need to increase diversity and to decolonize higher education, and to what extent academic freedom can belong to certain groups or communities.
Panel 3 (June 10, 10:00 am EDT): Between Authoritarianism and Populism: State Interference with Academic Freedom will discuss threats to academic freedom by states, both traditional authoritarian and new populists.
Panel 4 (June 10, 12:15 pm EDT): Emerging Threats and Responses will discuss challenges to academic freedom stemming from the corporatization of universities, private funding, ideological monitoring, as well as other emerging threats. It will also explore possible avenues to address these issues.