Governance and Academic Freedom in Turkey and Hungary

Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations is hosting a lecture, "Governance and Academic Freedom in Turkey and Hungary," as the final seminar of DIALOGUES 2017: a thought-provoking series of seminars on governance in Muslim contexts. 

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

Dr Ceren Lord (Postdoctoral Research Officer, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, Oxford University) 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 brodaly 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. 

Dr Attila Melegh (Lecturer, Corvinus University, Budapest and Senior Researcher, Demographic Research Institute, Budapest) 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 perspectives is lost, and how anti-genderism is given space and leads to attacks on Hungarian higher education.

The event will be chaired by Dr Sevgi Adak, AKU-ISMC. 


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The event is free but booking is essential. 

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