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Reimagining Academic Freedom

Thursday, April 13, 2023, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Round table organized in co-operation between the Global Observatory on Academic Freedom and the French Institute in Austria 

The Global Observatory on Academic Freedom (GOAF) is a recent initiative, established in March 2021, funded by the Open Society University Network (OSUN) and hosted by Central European University in Vienna, Austria. The Observatory conducts rigorous, innovative and pertinent scientific research responding to the urgent need of rethinking the concept of academic freedom in a global context of the decline of democracy. GOAF initiates and stimulates the debate, connects the interested stakeholders, and opens the space for reflection and research to scholars and students in order to strengthen the struggle for academic freedom, in Europe and beyond. 

In cooperation with the French Institute in Austria, we invite you to participate in our round table on the 13th of April at the French Embassy in Austria from 6 to 8PM CET, followed by a cocktail until 9PM CET. 

The round table has been imagined as a dynamic and intriguing exchange, opening the question of the future of academic freedom in a global context of the decline of democracy, environmental crisis, upcoming recession, and the war in Ukraine. By inviting high level speakers from the Austrian and the French panorama of higher education and research we open the space of reflection and imagination to respond to the central question: “Which academic freedom for democracy in Europe today?”. 

The event will be bilingual, in English and French, with provided translation. 

Registration: Réinventer la liberté académique / Reimagining Academic Freedom Billets, Le jeu 13 avr. 2023 à 18:00 | Eventbrite 
Please note that registrations will close a week before the event due to security protocols in the Embassy. 


18.00-18.20h Welcome words
Dr. Gilles Pécout, Ambassador of the Republic of France in Austria
Dr. Shalini Randeria, Rector of the Central European University  

18.20-18.30h Introduction 
Johannes Caliskan, Attaché of scientific and university cooperation
Dr. Milica Popović, Global Observatory on Academic Freedom 

18.30-20.00h Round table
Moderator: Dominik Reisner, Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, Republic of Austria
Elisabeth Fiorioli, Secretary General, Österreichische Universitätenkonferenz (Universities Austria)
Dr. Béatrice Hibou, Director of Research CNRS, Sciences Po Paris
Dr. Pascale Laborier, Professor, Institut of Social Sciences and Politics, University Paris Nanterre
Ivan Vejvoda, Permanent Fellow, Director of « Europe’s Futures – Ideas for action », Institut für die 

20.00-21.00 Cocktail