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Panel discussions

Academic Freedom Space

Wednesday 25 August 2021 - Saturday 28 August 2021
Online after registration

The Academic Freedom Space (AFS) is a platform that seeks to create spaces in which to formulate theory and action in response to infringements on intellectual and academic expression.

It was first organised during ICAS11 (Leiden) as an initiative of concerned research fellows at IIAS and with the support of IIAS. Just as with ICAS11, this year’s ICAS12 Academic Freedom Space will be again open to all who are interested.

From 25 to 28 August, there are five online sessions to choose from, featuring invited speakers from or on different regions who will share their views and experiences to spark open audience discussions across transregional contexts.

Note for ICAS participants: If you are registered as an ICAS12 participant, you will have automatic access to these sessions via the conference platform. No further registration is needed. 

We invite everyone else to join the discussion by registering for one or more of the sessions via the IIAS website,

Programme overview

25 August
22:00 – 22:45 p.m. Japan time (15:00-15:45 p.m. CEST)
22:45 – 23:45 p.m. Japan time (15:45-16:45 p.m. CEST)
Session 1 - State repression of freedom of thought 

26 August 2021
21:00-22:00 p.m. Japan time (14:00-15:00 CEST)
Session 2 - The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on academic freedom

27 August 2021
21:00-22:00 p.m. Japan time; (14:00-15:00 p.m. CEST)
Session 3 - Implications of neoliberal-inspired policies for knowledge creation and education

28 August
16:00-17:00 p.m. Japan time (09:00-10:00 a.m. CEST)
Session 4 - The snowballing of precarities

28 August
17:15-18:15 p.m. Japan time (10:15-11:15 a.m. CEST)
Closing session

Registration for non-participants in ICAS12

It is possible to register for each session separately via the webform provided at www.iias.asia/events/academic-freedom-space2021

Please note that registration is only required for those not participating in ICAS12. If you are registered as an ICAS12 participant, access to the AFS sessions is included in the ICAS programme. You will find the AFS programme on the ICAS12 conference website under 'special events'.

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