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Whose freedom? Which autonomy?

CHEF Talk (webinar). Speaker: Sharon Rider, Professor, Uppsala University, Sweden. The webinar is free and open to all.

2020.10.07 | Søren S.E. Bengtsen

Date Wed 25 Nov
Time 15:00 16:00
Location A Zoom-link will be shared with the participants closer to the event.

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Time: November 25th, 2020, at 15.00-16.00 Central European Time (CET) 

Chair: Søren S.E. Bengtsen, Associate Professor, Aarhus University, Denmark 


In this lecture, Sharon Rider will discuss

  1. how the issues involved in questions concerning academic freedom have somewhat different anatomies, depending upon which systems, subjects or organizations are involved (students and teachers, the university and the state, the university and the faculty, etc); and
  2. whether the freedom involved is understood primarily in political, economic, or conceptual terms.

The autonomy of one party, actor or agent in one sense can mean drastic incursions on the autonomy of another in a different one. Therefore, to the extent that academic freedom is under attack, the question of what is being threatened and by whom will have somewhat different answers in different contexts.