Whither Universitas: Who Decides on/for Academic Freedom and Autonomy?

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We invite you to a solidarity debate among students across borders. Come join our fishbowl session.

Registration link: here.

April 2, 2021
15:00 (UK) / 16:00 (CET) / 17:00 (TR)


Discussants make short interventions (around 3 min.) around concepts drawn from the fishbowl by the moderator. Participants are free to step in to discussions and contribute via polls, comments, and solidarity statements.


Recent presidential appointment of the trustee rector (kayyum rector) at the Bogazici University, police on/around campus, bans on freedom of expression, violations of the right to artistic freedoms, and attacks against LGBTi+ communities will never be forgotten or accepted. The ongoing assaults on freedom in Turkey as well as the recent student movements in other parts of the world are our priority.

Students from diverse walks of life across borders would like to welcome you to a solidarity debate during which we will ask hard questions on freedoms at large and discuss how we can create transnational solidarity that takes us to the next imagined level. Let’s join forces to break through the top-down intervention of hegemonic powers, and move on to protect universal values, human dignity, and critical knowledge!

Kelepçesiz Akademi, Bogazici University Students, at Facebook, at Twitter

AsTA JLU Gießen (General Students Commitee), at Facebook

SDS Cologne (Socialist Student Collective), at Facebook, at Twitter

University College London Students

Moderated by: Academics for Peace – Germany