Academic Freedom, Conversation and Non-violence
Seán Henry, (AIB Research Centre on Inclusive and Equitable Cultures, Technological University, Dublin)
Thursday 14 October 2021
5.30pm – 7.00pm
Via Microsoft Teams
Academic freedom has become increasingly politicised in the context of the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Hungary, the United States, and further afield. Polarisations abound, with conflations of academic freedom and freedom of speech on university campuses becoming increasingly commonplace. As an intervention to these debates, the purpose of this presentation is to call into the question the alignment of academic freedom with freedom of speech on two grounds: firstly, because the exercise of academic freedom depends on a heteronomous view of subjectivity that is existentially important; and secondly, because the ‘academic’ dimension of academic freedom is significant in shaping how such freedoms are enacted.
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A joint University of Winchester Centre of Philosophy of Education and PESGB South Coast Branch seminar.