Research and education in humanities and social sciences are currently restrained and threatened by political forces outside the university.
This conference will bring together perspectives from different places in the world to discuss this urgent situation:
- What is our role as researchers, teachers, leaders and administrators when disciplines like gender studies are closed down or when academics lose their jobs or are imprisoned because of their research?
- Where does the boundary go between legitimate scientific criticism on the one hand and a threat to academic freedom on the other, involving the right to choose subjects, research methods and modes of publication?
- In an increasingly polarized political landscape where core values of democracy are questioned, what challenges do universities face with regards to their work and international collaborations?
Presentations from the conference
Andrea Petö, Professor of Gender Studies at Central European University, Hungary
Leila Papoli-Yazdi, Archaeologist and Scholars at Risk Researcher at the University of Gothenburg; Sweden
Majid Mgamis; Assistant Professor of English Literature; Scholars at Risk Researcher at Linnaeus University; Sweden
Arun Kumar; Assistant Professor of Modern British Imperial, Colonial, and Post-Colonial History, University of Nottingham; UK
Sofie Tornhill; Political Scientist and Senior Lecturer of Gender Studies at Linnaeus University; Sweden
Orla Duke, InSPirEurope
Amrita Ghosh; Visiting Lecturer in postcolonial Studies, Linnaeus University and visiting researcher at SASNET, Lund University; Sweden (moderator)
Registration (will close on September 14)
The online conference is free of charge.
- 9.00 - 10. 00 Registration and open zoom room for questions.
- 10.00 Welcome and introduction by organizers
- 10.05 Welcome by the Vice Chancellor of Linnaeus University, Peter Aronsson
- 10:10 Welcome and Introduction by Gunlög Fur, Professor of History and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Linnaeus University
- 10.15 -11.45 Session 1: Moderated by Sofie Tornhill
- Andrea Petö: Empowering lessons learned from a lost fight for gender studies
- Leila Papoli-Yazdi: Asymmetrical distribution: Why most of Iranian university students are female?
- Sofie Tornhill: “The Trojan gender horse”: Gender equality critique in the name of academic freedom in Sweden
- 11.45 - 13.00 Lunch break. Voluntary lunch in zoom social space
- 13.00: Orla Duke: InSPirEurope
- 13.05 - 14.15 Session 2: Moderated by Amrita Ghosh
- Arun Kumar: The attack on critical thinking
- Majid Mgamis: The taboo of religious criticism in Jordan
- 14.15 - 14.30 Coffee Break
- 14.30 - 15.00 Summary: Dagmar Brunow and Nafiseh Mousavi
- 15.00 – 15.30 Voluntary after-conference mingle in zoom social space
Links to the conference zoom rooms will be e-mailed to registered participants before the conference starts.
To participate in a Zoom-conference
Connecting to Zoom
If you do not already have the Zoom client installed on your computer, you will need to make the following steps to install and configure Zoom:
- Download the Zoom.us software on the device which you will use for the video conference (Windows, macOS, Android or iOS)
- Test the internet connection and the audio system (microphone + headphones/ speakers) and video (webcam). You can click here to test a Zoom conference meeting.
Steps for the actual video conference:
- Accessing the video conferencing link, in the form of https://zoom.us/j/xxxxxxxxxx, which you will find for each session. This will open the already installed application.
- The authentication in the video conference is done with the email and password previously received from the conference administration.
General recommendations for using Zoom
- Write your name and institution - eg. John Doe - University of Everywhere. In order to see how to do this please read this.
- Keep the microphone turned off when you are not speaking, since background noise can be very distracting.
- In order to talk with the moderators and other speakers try using the chat. Find instructions here.
- In order to share your screen watch this short tutorial.
- During a zoom conference you can give more non-verbal feedback - by raising your hand to ask for permission to speak, or by answering yes / no, etc. To see where you can access them, look at the explanatory images here.
For presenters (papers/key notes) - some tips for better technical quality in recordings
- Set your video resolution to 1920x1080. If you use a mobile phone to record, record in landscape (horizontal) format.
- Use a neutral background and record in good light.
- Place yourself slightly to the left or right of the centre of the frame, and make sure not to have too much air above your head.
- Place your camera at the same level as your head.
- Preferably, use a wired lavalier microphone plugged into your computer or phone. In case you do not have access to a lavalier, use a high-quality USB microphone or a high-quality phone headset. Try to avoid large headsets, as these do not look good on video.
- Avoid using a room witch echo or other disturbing sounds.
- Preferably, do not use a virtual background. In case you record in Zoom with a lit green screen behind you, it is ok to use a virtual background.
- Choose mp4 as your file format
Organized by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Centre for Gender Studies at Linnaeus University