Esmeralda Tijhoff

Some thoughts on History, Politics, and the Art of Living

Academic Freedom

It is 2017 and the freedom of academic research is being attacked and demolished in America as we speak. What does academic freedom mean for us, for the people, for society? What are the consequences of shutting down financial support and forbidding research institutions to publish their findings?

academicfreedomThe Network of Concerned Historians (NCH) has stepped up to defend academics And their research around the globe. From this network, prof. Antoon De Baets will come to Amsterdam to give the opening lecture on Academic Freedom at the fourth Winter School this Friday 3th of February.

What Is Academic Freedom?

‘This lecture is about everything you always wanted to know about academic freedom but did not dare to ask. It is about what academic freedom is and is not. In the process, some cherished myths may not survive. Antoon De Baets first concentrates on academic freedom as a right that comes with duties. He then discusses institutional autonomy as the internal condition of academic freedom and social guarantees as its external condition. He then tries to locate academic freedom within the web of human rights. The lecture will end with discussing four answers to the question whether academic freedom can be justified. There will be room for a debate afterward.’

Friday 3 February 2017 from 16 hours to 18 hours.
Het Kasteel, Melkweg 1.
The exact room will be displayed on the screen upon entering the location.
Admission free.

Antoon De Baets is professor of history, ethics and human rights at the University of Groningen.

Further information:
Jeanne Pia Mifsud Bonnici: g.p.mifsud.bonnici at
Melania Tudorica: m.tudorica at


Also read (Dutch): Geschiedenis in gevaar. Een interview met Antoon De Baets over 20 jaar Network of Concerned Historians

Website of the Network of Concerned Historians

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