[Mariya Ivancheva]With the rise of authoritarian governments across the world, the notion of academic freedom has gained new traction in the public debate. Yet, is it enough to focus discussions on the freedom of universities from the state? Bringing evidence from extensive research on public university reforms in an advanced capitalist democracy (the UK) and a democratic socialist experiment (Venezuela), I argue that the answer is no. Discussing the market capture of higher education in these divergent contexts, I show how academic freedom is used selectively to defend existing elite privileges and inhibit processes of widening access to higher education.
The seminar will be recorded and published on YouTube.
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