Governance and Academic Freedom in Turkey and Hungary

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November 16, 2017
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Contemporary History, History Education, Human Rights, Political History / Studies, Political Science

Part of DIALOGUES 2017: a thought-provoking series of seminars on governance in Muslim contexts.

The Governance Programme at the Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations is hosting Governance and Academic Freedom in Turkey and Hungary in the last seminar of its 2017 Dialogues Series.

The seminar will address the increasing threats on academic freedom in Turkey and Hungary in the context of changing governance practices and education policies in both countries.  

Ceren Lord will discuss “Authoritarian Capture and the Prospects for Academic Freedom in Turkey” and will explore the current onslaught against academic freedom in Turkey which appears unmatched in the multiparty era. The paper will argue that the nature and drivers of this onslaught cannot simply be understood as an authoritarian move to silence dissent. The attacks against academic freedom should be seen more broadly within the context of a wider programme for the struggle over education to (re)shape citizens in the image of the new regime, a practice that has many parallels in former periods. 

Attila Melegh will address “Authoritarian Capitalism and Nationalist Revival: Problems of Higher Education in Hungary” and will focus on the nationalist ideals of the groups that have taken over state power in Hungary and how they affect higher education. His paper will explore how the needs of neoliberalism are served, how the global perspective is lost, and how anti-genderism is given space and leads to attacks on Hungarian higher education.

Dr Ceren Lord: Postdoctoral Research Officer, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, Oxford University
Dr Attila Melegh: Lecturer, Corvinus University, Budapest and Senior Researcher, Demographic Research Institute, Budapest.

Dr Sevgi Adak, AKU-ISMC.

Time and Venue
Thursday 16 November 2017, 18.00 - 19.30

The Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations 

210 Euston Rd, London, NW1 2DA (Room 2.3)

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Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
210 Euston Road

London, NW1 2DA
United Kingdom​

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