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Freedom of speech

Dates:
  • Mon 30 Nov 2020 17.00 - 19.00
  Add to Calendar 2020-11-30 17:00 2020-11-30 19:00 Europe/Paris Freedom of speech

Seminar of the Interdisciplinary Research Cluster "Democracy in the 21st Century".

Freedom of speech and of the press is an essential element of democracy. The fight against censorship has been fundamental in past struggles against authoritarian régimes, and it still is in many parts of the world today. It is not, however, an unproblematic notion, as several ongoing debates show us. The justified worries about hate speech and ‘fake news’ have led to calls for regulation of social media and, in several (mainly anglophone) countries, the call for ‘safe spaces’ and the ‘no platforming’ campaign in many universities are arousing controversy. The recent events in France, with the atrocious beheading of a schoolteacher after his lesson focusing on the freedom of speech, and the reactions to it in defence of laïcité, have highlighted how different the debate can be in different countries. The aim of this seminar is to encourage a general discussion of these issues from various perspectives. There will be no invited speakers. Instead, a small collection of readings covering a relatively long historical period will be made available to participants in advance, to provide some fuel for the debate. The discussion will be kicked off by researchers from different departments.

Register here in order to receive the readings and the Zoom link.

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Seminar of the Interdisciplinary Research Cluster "Democracy in the 21st Century".

Freedom of speech and of the press is an essential element of democracy. The fight against censorship has been fundamental in past struggles against authoritarian régimes, and it still is in many parts of the world today. It is not, however, an unproblematic notion, as several ongoing debates show us. The justified worries about hate speech and ‘fake news’ have led to calls for regulation of social media and, in several (mainly anglophone) countries, the call for ‘safe spaces’ and the ‘no platforming’ campaign in many universities are arousing controversy. The recent events in France, with the atrocious beheading of a schoolteacher after his lesson focusing on the freedom of speech, and the reactions to it in defence of laïcité, have highlighted how different the debate can be in different countries. The aim of this seminar is to encourage a general discussion of these issues from various perspectives. There will be no invited speakers. Instead, a small collection of readings covering a relatively long historical period will be made available to participants in advance, to provide some fuel for the debate. The discussion will be kicked off by researchers from different departments.

Register here in order to receive the readings and the Zoom link.


Location:
via Zoom -

Affiliation:
Academic Service
Department of Economics
Department of History and Civilization
Department of Law
Department of Political and Social Sciences

Type:
Research seminar

Contact:
Serena Belligoli (EUI - Academic Service) - Send a mail

Organiser:
Prof. Elias Dinas (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)
Prof. Martijn Hesselink (EUI - LAW)
Prof. Lucy Riall (EUI - HEC)
Prof. Ann Thomson (EUI - HEC)

Speaker:
Olga Byrska (EUI - HEC)
Marius Ostrowski (Max Weber Fellow - EUI)
Rouven Symank (EUI - SPS)

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