Academic Freedom Aotearoa

Academic freedom must be preserved and enhanced by tertiary education institutions and the government in Aotearoa. What can staff and students do about ensuring the important rights and responsibilities afforded them in legislation are advanced.

Academic Freedom - Challenges and Opportunities

Conference - Massey University Wellington, August 31 and September 1

Co-hosts: TEU, NZUSA, Massey University

Call for papers

Academic freedom is a term used often in the tertiary education sector. But what is the lived experience in Aotearoa? And what potential does the exercising of academic freedom provide?

We are seeking expressions of interests for those who would like to present a paper, present creative works, organise a panel, or run a workshop on the topic of academic freedom.

Topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Defining academic freedom and its possibilities
  • Māori and Indigenous knowledge and academic freedom
  • Operationalising academic freedom in the design and practice of teaching and research
  • Academic freedom as a public good
  • Navigating academic freedom in externally funded research
  • The impact of the funding review Te Reo Māori and Mātauranga Māori on academic freedom
  • Collective approaches to the practice of academic freedom
  • The ‘modern’ university, managerialism, and critic and conscience
  • The impact of the Reform of Vocational Education on academic freedom
  • Students and academic freedom
  • Campus architecture and its impact on academic freedom
  • Responsibilities around academic freedom and its intersection with other ‘free speech matters’
  • What are the limits to the exercising of academic freedom? (When am I a bigot or when am I expressing views covered by academic freedom)
  • How do we as staff and students preserve and enhance academic freedom

Abstracts (of no more than 500 words) for papers, creative works, panels, and workshops should be sent to [email protected] by 11 June 2021.

Note: If you are TEU member, and you are selected to present, your costs of travel and accommodation will be covered by your union.