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Epistemologies of Academic Freedom

CEU in Vienna
Monday, October 4, 2021, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Academic freedom is an elusive and multi-dimensional concept. This university-wide seminar proposes a discussion about how the epistemology, or epistemologies of academic freedom impact its conceptualizations, regulatory frameworks and practice. Opening the debate, Liviu Matei will discuss the rationalist tradition, which is largely socially insensitive, embedded in the European conceptualizations, and juxtapose it to the North American approaches. Maria Kronfeldner will question the so-called “argument from truth”, the claim that we need academic freedom to further the “advancement of knowledge”, but with a constructive goal in mind, namely, to find a better epistemological foundation for defending academic freedom. Milica Popović will discuss the concept of epistemic injustices (coined by Miranda Fricker), unpacking their both testimonial and hermeneutical sides. Kwadwo Appiagyei-Atua will discuss the “epistemic decolonization” in Africa, through a review of academic freedom and its critical role in the African context, which is to disrupt epistemic coloniality.