27. lokakuu 2022

Academic Freedom under Threat


Aloituspäivä ja aika 27.10.2022 - 17:00
Päättymispäivä ja aika 27.10.2022 - 19:00
Paikka Helsingin yliopiston Tiedekulma, Yliopistonkatu 4
Kieli Englanti
Järjestäjä ICAHD Finland

We will discuss threats to academic freedom via the examples of Hungary, Israel/Palestine and Turkey.

In Hungary the government has forced the Central European University out the country and tightened its control over academia. The Turkish government has dismissed thousands of academics and charged hundreds on political grounds. Critical approach to politics in Israel/Palestine can lead to problems in academia not only in Israel/Palestine, but also in Europe and elsewhere.

As politics is becoming more extreme and academics under attack in many places, Finland is not immune.

We begin with a short presentations by the speakers and continue with a panel discussion and questions from the audience. We will cover questions such as:

How is academic freedom under threat?

What is the relation between academic freedom and the responsibility of academics?

How are liberal ideas such as pluralism and distinction between politics and academic work used to suppress academic discussion and human rights?

What similarities and difference do we see between different countries? What lessons can we draw?

We are happy to host three researchers familiar with the topic:

* Wassim Ghantous (Tampere University)

* Halil Gürhanli (University of Helsinki

* Annastiina Kallius (University of Helsinki)

Wassim Ghantous is a postdoctoral fellow at the Space and Political Agency Research Group (SPARG)at Tampere University. His research cuts across the fields of international relations and political geography, with focus on questions of politics, coloniality, violence, surveillance, (in)security, and resistance in the context of Palestine-Israel and their global articulations.

Halil Gürhanli graduated from the University of Boğaziç in Turkey and the University of Essex in Great Britain. He is a post-doctoral researcher and part-time lecturer at the University of Helsinki. His research topics include Turkish Islamist populism, and he lectures on populism and political theory.

Annastiina Kallius graduated from the Central European University in Hungary. She was later declared an enemy of the state on a government TV channel in Hungary. She is a PhD researcher in the Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki. Her research topics include far-right politics and propaganda.

The panel will be chaired by Syksy Räsänen, chair of ICAHD Finland and university researcher at the University of Helsinki.