Always a Zero-sum Game?

Tensions Between Academic Freedom and Anti-oppression
Monday, 19 March 2018 - 8:30 am to Tuesday, 20 March 2018 - 12:30 pm
Room number: 
2224 and 2228
Off-campus address: 
Carleton University. Richcraft Hall (formerly River Building)
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Contact person: 
Anna Bogic
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Cost to attend: 
Free of charge
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Organized by Dr. Ummni Khan, the Joint Chair in Women's Studies (Carleton University and University of Ottawa), this one and a half day symposium aims to create open and respectful dialogue about the tensions -- real or perceived -- between academic freedom and anti-oppression principles. Using concrete examples when these two principles have clashed at Canadian universities, stakeholders with divergent viewpoints will discuss the incident, analyze the broader political implications, and develop strategies for how to better respond when such conflicts arise in the future.

Day 1: March 19

  • 8:30-9:00 Registration and breakfast
  • 9:00-9:20 Opening remarks
  • 9:20-10:30 Academic Freedom and Equity Working Group Panel
  • 10:30-10:45 Nutrition break
  • 10:45-12:00 Scholarship Panel: Peer-reviewed Articles Perceived as Promoting Epistemic Violence. Case Study: Hypatia
  • 12:00-1:00pm Lunch
  • 1:00-2:15 Teaching Panel: Academic Freedom in the Classroom. Case Study: Addressing sexual violence in law school and accommodation for survivors
  • 2:15-2:30 Nutrition break
  • 2:30-3:45 Event Panel: Academic Freedom and Campus Events. Case Study: Events criticizing Israel
  • 3:45-4:00 Nutrition break
  • 4:00-5:30 Extramural Activity Panel: Non-academic Publishing Panel. Case Study: Resignation of Andrew Potter due to his article in Maclean's

Day 2: March 20

  • 9:00-9:30 Breakfast
  • 9:30-10:45 Indigenous Perspectives on Academic Freedom and Accountability
  • 10:45-11:00 Nutrition break
  • 11:00-12:30 Closing Discussion with the Audience