Mittwoch, 22. Juni 2022, 17:30 - 19:30 iCal

New Authoritarianism and Universities:

The Impact of Contemporary Authoritarianism on Academia & The Future of Academic Freedom

Elise Richter Hall, University of Vienna,
Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna


Weitere Termine

Dienstag, 21. Juni 2022, 17:30 - 19:30

New authoritarianism is a global phenomenon whose effects on human rights, law and order, world peace, economy and the environment are being discussed worldwide whereas its impacts on academia are less often reflected. Authoritarian impact on academia is characterized, firstly, by denying or modifying scientific knowledge and diminishing the autonomy of intellectuals; and secondly, by responding innovatively and effectively to risks of academic (and social) unrest, skillfully navigating the public opinion. Impacting intensely on science, education and academia, authoritarian regimes engage in creating their own ‘scientists’, ‘academics’ and ‘knowledges’ that are to help accomplish the ideological projects of the regime. In this context, this panel scrutinizes the impact of the rising new authoritarianism on universities from a comparative perspective by focusing on countries such as China, Turkey, Iran, and several Central and South-Eastern European countries (Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia). Four distinguished guest speakers, Zeynep Kadirbeyoğlu, Milica Popovic, Ladan Rahbari, Marina Svensson, will discuss the impacts of contemporary authoritarianism on academia.

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Department of Education, Ece Cihan Ertem & Barbara Schulte

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Ece Cihan Ertem
Ece Cihan Ertem & Barbara Schulte
Department of Education, Unit of International and Comparative Education
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