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TRACK TOPIC:

EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS

  “Freedom of Science: the Truth and Its Friends”

CHAIR:

Gerhard Fink  
Professor Emeritus of International Business, 
WU-Wien, Austria
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TRACK TOPIC DESCRIPTION:

The principle of ‘freedom’ is permanently challenging ‘borders’ (i.e. interests in other domains of life, which seemingly are worth to be defended by specific groups in society).

In the last century, a major challenge was the issue of survival of universities under suppressive regimes and dictatorship.   In this context it is interesting to note, that universities in continuous operation existed in Europe since more than 900 years  and,  with and without freedom of science, universities contributed to the emergence of new and important knowledge, and they survived suppressive regimes.  

This track calls for contribution on the following topics (but is not limited to):  

- Systemic view of a university;

- Analyses of current challenges of ‘academic freedom’ in terms of ethics; protection of individual human rights; political pressures; conflicts of interests;
- The emerging relevance of fake news and creation of ‘alternate facts’;

- The ‘competition’ between public and private universities;
- The issue of the relation between academic freedom and employment (academic tenure) in present day societies.