Academic freedom under attack?


This conference is part of the "Vivian G. Prins Scholars at Risk Speaker Series". The event has been organized by Next Generation Global Studies of the Department of Political Science, Law and International Studies (SPGI) in collaboration with Scholars at Risk (SAR).

Two at-risk scholars, who have been forcibly displaced from Serbia and Iran, will talk about their experience and their research. The event will be moderated by Asli Vatansever, scholar at risk from Turkey who is hosted at SPGI for the academic year 2017-2018 thanks to a collaboration between the University of Padova and SPGI department.

The unprecedented increase in the number of forcibly displaced intellectuals from various countries within the past year urgently calls for a borader network of intellectual solidarity and requires us to rethink the sustainability of research activities under precarious conditions. Giving the floor to actual at-risk scholars and their lived experiences of political repression combined with economic insecurity, this event aims at a better understanding of the challenges for knowledge production and critical thinking in a changing world.

The event will be followed by a meeting of Italian universities who have joined the SAR network to discuss the creation of an Italian section of SAR. SAR's mission is to protect intellectuals- including professors, researchers and other members of higher education communities- and to nurture a culture of respect for university values, including academic freedom, institutional autonomy and social responsibility. The network aims to protect the space in society for thought, for questioning, for developing knowledge freely and without fear. 



Where: Teatro Ruzante - riviera Tito Livio - Padova
When: December 12, 2017 - 10.30 a.m.