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Academic Freedom in Europe

Scholars discuss how academic freedom can be safeguarded

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Prof. Liviu Matei,
Photo: Mikael Risedal

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 will discuss how European universities and research institutions can react to this threat. A keynote by Prof. Liviu Matei, Provost of the Central European University, will be 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 will be moderated by Prof. Silvia von Steinsdorff (HU).

The registration is requested until 25 March 2019 via mail.

The event is organized by the International Department of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in cooperation with HU’s Einstein Fellows Research Group.


Academic Freedom in Europe: Threats and Challenges
Wed, 3. April 2019, 6 p.m.
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Senatssaal, Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin

Free entry
The event will be held in English.

Further Information

Link to the event webpage


Sarah Hartmann
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Phone: 030 2093-20092