Date/Time: 23 August 2022, 15:30-16:15
Even at the best of times, academic freedom is contested. And at present, the currents threatening to undermine academic freedom are multiple and strong, from politically motivated stifling of dissenting voices, and populist disregard for scientific knowledge, to demands for immediate usefulness of research, commercialization of research funding, de-platforming, and self-censorship. This roundtable takes as a point of departure the report of the Norwegian commission on academic freedom (Kierulf-utvalget), bringing it in conversation with challenges faced in different global contexts. A particular focus will be on the tension between academic freedom and demands for changes in knowledge regimes – do calls for decolonization of knowledge, or particular strategies, such as de-platforming, pose a threat to academic freedom? Or is the dismissal of accountability to change a misuse of academic freedom?