Programme - Dangerous questions: Why Academic Freedom Matters

The Academic Refuge Project and the University of Ljubljana invite you to join this seminar 13.06.2018 discussing academic freedom and welcoming refugees and scholars at risk.

Time Activity




09.30-09.40 Welcome remarks by organizers, Marit Egner, UiO & Andreja Vezovnik, UL
09.40-10.00 Welcome speech by Vice Rector prof. dr. Branka Kalenić Ramšak, University of Ljubljana
10.00-11.00 Keynote speaker: Sonja Biserko, President of Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia followed by Q&A

 Break with coffee/tea and snack

11.15-12.00 Presentation of MOOC: "Dangerous Questions: Why Academic Freedom Matters", Marit Egner, University of Oslo & Olga Hünler, University of Bremen
12.00-13.00  Lunch
13.00-14.15 Session 1 – Protecting at-risk scholars, promoting higher education values (Room: FDV-21)

Chair: Malena Bakkevold, University of Oslo

Speakers: Sinead O’Gorman, Scholars at Risk, SAR scholar from Serbia, Klemen Miklavić (UL-Faculty of Education)

This session will discuss regional aspects of higher education values, challenges to academic freedom and practical ways in which universities in Slovenia and the surrounding region can support threatened scholars. We will hear testimonials from at-risk scholars, reflect on their experiences and how these relate to broader systemic questions. Speakers and participants will discuss good practices as well as challenges encountered in supporting scholars and promoting higher education values worldwide.

14.15-14.45  Break Coffee/tea and snack
14.45-16.15 Session 2 – Supporting access for refugee and asylum-seeking students and other migrants to higher education (Room: FDV-22)

Chair: Nena Močnik, University of Turku & UL + several speakers (to be announced)

Speakers: Ajgul Hakimova (Social Centre Rog), Mohamad Orfahly (UL, MA Student at Faculty of Economics), Abood Orfahly (UL, BA Student at Faculty of Economics), Kris DeJonckheere (UNICA).

This session will address the local challenges migrants, asylum seekers and refugees face in accessing higher education in Slovenia, with opportunities to discuss how other countries in Europe are approaching this question. Participants will also learn about and discuss alternative educational platforms established for migrants in recent years.

16.15-16.30 Closing remarks, Andreja Vezovnik, UL & Marit Egner, UiO

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Published Mar. 28, 2018 11:08 AM - Last modified May 31, 2018 1:04 PM