Gender studies: Democracy's canary?

A panel talk on academic freedom

Arrangementsbanner med arrangementstittel og bilde av debattant Andrea Pető

Well into the 20th century, coal miners brought canaries into coal mines as an early-warning signal for toxic gases. If the bird stopped singing, the workers knew they had to get out.

Gender studies is like the canary in the coal mine, says the Hungarian historian and gender scientist Andrea Pető. Attacks on gender studies is also an attack on democracy and academic freedom. Pető herself comes from a country where gender studies has been shut down for political reasons.

Unfortunately, Hungary is not a unique case. Gender studies are under attack in several countries.

How is this all connected? Why are gender studies targeted around the world? And what does the prospects for academic freedom look like in Nordic countries right now?

Now Pető has won UiO's Human Rights Award 2022. On December 7 you can meet her in Oslo.


Keynote speaker: Andrea Pető, historian and gender researcher, Central European University (CEU). Winner of the University of Oslo's Human Rights Award 2022.


  • Andrea Pető, Professor, Central European University (CEU)
  • Svein Stølen, Rector, University of Oslo
  • Karen-Lise Scheie Knudsen, Head of Scholars At Risk-Norway
  • Linda Rustad, Director and editor-in-chief at Kilden Journal of Gender Research

Moderator: Line Hegna, Director, SAIH

Organisers: SAIH, Kilden, Scholars At Risk-Norway and the University of Oslo

Practical information

The event is free and open to all.

The event takes place in Domus Bibliotheca, right in the centre of Oslo. If you need elevator access or other kinds of assistance in connection to your visit, please contact us at

About Oslo Peace Days

Oslo Municipality, Nobel Peace Centre, The Norwegian Nobel Institute, PRIO and the University of Oslo work with peace and human rights in different ways.

Every December we join forces and organise Oslo Peace Days: an arena where people can discuss and learn more about these important issues.

See the full programme for Oslo Peace Days 2022.

Published Nov. 11, 2022 1:49 PM - Last modified Nov. 30, 2022 1:42 PM