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Humanities and Social Sciences in the World: Threats against Academic Freedom

Research and education in humanities and social sciences are currently restrained and threatened by political forces outside the university.

  • What is our role as researchers, teachers, leaders and administrators when disciplines like gender studies are closed down or when academics lose their jobs or are imprisoned because of their research?
  • Where does the boundary go between legitimate scientific criticism on the one hand and a threat to academic freedom on the other, involving the right to choose subjects, research methods and modes of publication?
  • In an increasingly polarized political landscape where core values of democracy are questioned, what challenges do universities face with regards to their work and international collaborations?

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