Tag: academic freedom

Editorial of Junge Akademie Magazin 25 – Miriam Akkermann and Caspar Battegay

Editorial of Junge Akademie Magazin 25 – Miriam Akkermann and Caspar Battegay

An Invitation to Freedom ‘When we don’t stand up for our rights, we’re not allowed to wonder when they’re taken away from us’. —Zsolt Enyedi, Professor of Political Science and Pro-Rector for Hungarian Affairs at Central European University Budapest, in an interview with historian Jan Hennings. For scholars and scientists, passion, curiosity, and the delight …

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Must scholarship be “compatible”? Frauke Rostalski

Must scholarship be “compatible”? Frauke Rostalski

Translator’s note: the central term of this essay is Anschlussfähigkeit, (adj. anschlussfähig), a buzzword currently common in discussions of German academia, but whose multiple connotations do not have a single English equivalent. From the verb anschließen, or to connect, most simply anschlussfähig means compatible or accessible, but at the same time it means connective, especially …

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‘We must think defensively about academic freedom’ – Silja Klepp

‘We must think defensively about academic freedom’ – Silja Klepp

Ethnologist Silja Klepp is a self-identified “scholar-activist,” and her experience shows that staking out a clear position in one’s academic career is not necessarily harmful. How free is our scientific scholarship? Although we do have a great deal of freedom, we must not overlook the fact that scientific research is situated within the corporate world, …

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The invisible hand of the science market – Marko Kovic, Adrian Rauchfleisch, Christian Caspar

The invisible hand of the science market – Marko Kovic, Adrian Rauchfleisch, Christian Caspar

Research is suffering because of disincentives that arise within science – and the grave consequences for science as a whole are already visible. Science is generally doing well in the West. A broad societal consensus still holds that science should be publicly supported. That they should operate free from state control and censorship is self-evident …

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‘It’s becoming more difficult to carry out long-term work on a topic’ – Anuscheh Farahat

‘It’s becoming more difficult to carry out long-term work on a topic’ – Anuscheh Farahat

Legal scholar Anuscheh Farahat on critical trends in the support of scholarship How fully realized is the ideal of academic freedom in the discipline of jurisprudence? In this country at present, I see no acute threat to academic freedom. However, in order for scholarship to truly develop independently and freely, a number of conditions must …

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When academia is declared null and void – Eylem Çamuroğlu Çığ

When academia is declared null and void – Eylem Çamuroğlu Çığ

The latest attacks from Turkish politicians on universities are far from the first – and they should be viewed within their larger context   In Turkey, I was fired as a scholar twice. First as an Assistant Professor in the journalism department at the University of Mersin in October 2016, and then a second time …

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We can’t simply be allowed to research freely – we have to be able to – Fabian Schmidt

We can’t simply be allowed to research freely – we have to be able to – Fabian Schmidt

Even in Germany, academic freedom requires improvement through long-term perspectives, reasonable visa-granting systems for foreign researchers, and in changing our thinking about how we value results In Germany, academic freedom is anchored in the statutes of our research organisations and is therefore, in theory, ensured. And yet, academia today involves an ever-lengthening career phase, wherein …

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Freedom is a common effort – A conversation between Jan Hennings, András Jakab and Zsolt Enyedi.

Freedom is a common effort – A conversation between Jan Hennings, András Jakab and Zsolt Enyedi.

How political must scholarship be in order to remain free? A conversation between our member Jan Hennings, constitutional scholar András Jakab and political scientist Zsolt Enyedi. Jan Hennings: Academic freedom is protected under Article X, Paragraphs 1-3 of the Fundamental Law of Hungary. What does academic freedom mean to you personally? Zsolt Enyedi (ZE): For …

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It’s becoming more difficult to conduct independent clinical research – Alkomiet Hasan

It’s becoming more difficult to conduct independent clinical research – Alkomiet Hasan

University clinics are under increasing financial pressure. For the next generation, this raises the question of whether conducting free scientific scholarship and clinical research simultaneously is still possible. Research physicians are privileged; they can leave academia anytime and work exclusively in clinical practice. In the local medical research and care landscape, it is even possible …

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What is Academic Freedom? – Florian Meinel

What is Academic Freedom? – Florian Meinel

While the importance of academic freedom is widely acknowledged, its meaning can all too easily be diluted in intra-academic conflicts. Professors see their academic freedom threatened by student protests; early-career scholars feel threatened by the privileges of tenured professors; both see their freedom infringed by higher education reforms, peer review, open access, and the pressure …

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