Academic Freedom

This page is a compilation of links that will direct you to organizations and articles/book sections addressing the issue of academic freedom worldwide. The views expressed in the listed articles are varied, provocative, challenging, however, they do not necessarily represent the opinion of our faculty and/or students. They were selected to foster discussions and debates about current crises of academic freedom.

This list was compiled for a conference poster on the present state of academic freedom in Hungary (establishing the issue’s international framework) by a student group from University of Szeged participating in the Erasmus+ New Faces project’s third IP installment in Porto, June 17-29, 2019.

Academics for Academic Freedom (AFAF) according to their own website is a “campaigning group for all lecturers, academic-related staff, students and researchers who [want] to defend unimpeded enquiry and expression.”

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Archived website of the Network for Education and Academic Rights (NEAR).

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The website for Academic Freedom Watch.

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Archived website of Academic Freedom Week.

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The website for Council of Academic Freedom and Academic Standards (CAFAS), England.

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The website for Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship, Canada.

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An article on foundations of academic freedom by Liviu Andreescu, From Spiru Haret University in Bucharest.

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An article on academic freedom in Singapore, by Simon Chesterman, National University of Singapore.

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An article on academic freedom and hacker ethic by Tom Cross.

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Richard Hofstadter book, Academic Freedom in the Age of College

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A very good comprehensive bibliography on academic freedom.

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A book entitled No University is an Island: Saving Academic Freedom by Cary Nelson.

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An article in Frontiers of Education in China, addressing the question of academic freedom.

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The blog post by Alice Sullivan and Judith Suissa is not only concerned about academic freedom but its gendered aspect too.

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Here you can find a guide on what the law says on freedom of expression in England and Wales, specifically in universities and other institutions of higher education.

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This Article deals with the academic freedom in University of Mauritius and generally state-sponsored African university.

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In this link you can find the statement from the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF) on the academic freedom.

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Here you can find an article about the situation of academic freedom in south Africa getting worse.

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An article on the situation of academic freedom in UCLA which critically evaluates the situation.

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The article investigates different discriminations and academic freedom alongside with the First Amendment.

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This is about a resolution by American Association of University Professors on the topic of teaching evolution in schools.

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The article in this volume titled “Is Academic Freedom in Danger?” by Whittaker Chambers is an example of the discussions over academic freedom influenced by the communism role in academic freedom.

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This is the web page for Students for Academic Freedom who introduce themselves as “a clearing house and communications center for a national coalition of student organizations whose goal is to end the political abuse of the university and to restore integrity to the academic mission as a disinterested pursuit of knowledge.”

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A report on Keith Fink, a conservative part-time lecturer, loosing his job at UCLA.

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A report on Michael Bailey and his controversial theory on gender which caused disputes over academic freedom.

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An article dedicated to the controversies of academic freedom, social media, and personal opinion.