Event Announcement

04/03/2019 06:00pm

Humboldt University of Berlin, Senate Hall in the Main Building, Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin

Panel discussion organised by Humboldt-Universität's International Department in cooperation with HU's "Einstein Fellows Research Group"

The keynote by Prof. Liviu Matei, Provost of the Central European University, was followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Ayşegül Kars Kaynar, Einstein Senior Fellow, HU, Prof. Kira Kosnick, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main and Dr. Volkan Cidam, Philipp Schwartz Fellow, HU. The discussion was moderated by Prof. Silvia von Steinsdorff (HU).

Across the globe, researchers are increasingly facing attacks on academic freedom, or on freedom of speech more generally, ranging from threats against individuals, court cases and imprisonment to discourses delegitimizing entire disciplines and fields of research. In recent years, Europe has been a refuge for many persecuted researchers. But Europe, too, is not immune to the increasing curtailment of freedoms. The rising influence of right-wing populist movements heightens the pressure on researchers and exposes them to increased hostility. At the panel discussion "Academic Freedom in Europe: Threats and Challenges" at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) on 3 April 2019, researchers from Germany, Hungary and Turkey discussed how European universities and research institutions can react to this threat.

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