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Reimagining Academic Freedom

CEU in Vienna
Thursday, January 20, 2022, 10:30 am – Friday, January 21, 2022, 5:00 pm

Open Society University Network Global Observatory on Academic Freedom First Annual Conference

The GOAF First Annual Conference will launch the work of the Global Observatory on Academic Freedom. The conference will present the findings of the Annual Report 2020/2021 and accompanying papers, liaise with the academic community –  researchers in the field, as well as relevant policy makers and students. It will be an opportunity to present the global developments in the field of academic freedom and provide a platform to debate the most pertinent issues that have arisen in 2020/2021. 

The conference is taking place in a hybrid format. In-person participation, including participation in the workshops, is per invitation only. Please register for participation in the plenary sessions by December 15, 2021.


(Please note that all times are in CET)

20th of January 2022

10.30-12.00h Presentation of the GOAF and the annual report by Liviu Matei, CEU Provost and Director Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education and OSUN Global Observatory on Academic Freedom and Milica Popović, Postdoctoral Fellow, OSUN Global Observatory on Academic Freedom

Discussant: Danièle Joly, Professor, CADIS International/University of Warwick

15.30-17.00h Roundtable: Conceptual Challenges of Academic Freedom – different global perspectives

Denise Roche, Advocacy Manager, Scholars at Risk Europe

Ayse Caglar, Permanent Fellow, Institute for Human Sciences – Institut fur Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM) and Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna

Diana Kormos-Buchwald, Professor of History, Caltech

Santiago Amaya, Associate Professor, Universidad de los Andes

Que Anh Dang, The Institute for Global Education, Coventry University

Michel Wieviorka, EHESS

Moderator: Aysuda Kölemen, Threatened Scholars Initiative

21st of January 2022

14.30-16.00h Roundtable: Is a Global Framework on Academic Freedom Possible?

Hilligje van't Land, Secretary General, the International Association of Universities (IAU)

Robert C. Post, Sterling Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Kwadwo Appigyei-Atua, Associate Professor, University of Ghana School of Law

Monika Steinel, Deputy Secretary General, EUA

Thomas Keenan, Professor, Bard College

Moderator: Terence Karran, Professor, University of Lincoln

16.00-17.00h Closing remarks by Liviu Matei, CEU Provost and Director Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education and OSUN Global Observatory on Academic Freedom