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Keynote Lecture: 'Populists and autocrats against the academic freedom in social sciences'

Scholars at risk in the Social Sciences Conference

Add to calendar 2023-06-12 17:00 2023-06-12 18:30 Europe/Rome Keynote Lecture: 'Populists and autocrats against the academic freedom in social sciences' Zoom & EUI Theatre (Badia) YYYY-MM-DD


12 June 2023

17:00 - 18:30 CEST


Zoom & EUI Theatre (Badia)

Research on certain issues and under certain regimes continues to expose scholars to great risk, ranging from imprisonment and restrictions on movement to loss of position and expulsion from university. Scholars are often directly or indirectly silenced by such threats.

We invite Researchers, Faculty members, and especially Scholars whose research agendas are related to issues and/or contexts that may put researchers at risk to join this hybrid keynote lecture, that will be held both in the EUI Theatre (Badia) and on Online (Zoom).

• Speaker: Sergei Guriev (Provost and Professor of Economics at Science Po) 

• Chair: Natalia Garbiras-Díaz (Event Organizer and MWF) 

Around the world, academic freedom is threatened by populists and autocrats. This is especially true in social sciences. Populists consider academics as members and supporters of the ruling elites and use new digital media to disseminate misinformation and undermine the credibility of research in social science. New autocrats – the spin dictators – understand that while social sciences are important for post-industrial economic growth, education in social sciences promotes critical thinking and challenges the spin dictators’ narrative. On a positive note, recent research in social science shows that democracy is not doomed – thus providing the light in the end of the tunnel for academic freedom.

*To register for the event, click the link below and indicate in-person or online preference. For those opting to attend online, the Zoom link will be provided upon registration. For any questions, please contact Magali Serra.

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