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[Commlist] One day-conference 24/11 on diverse humanities and social science approaches to academic freedom and social change focusing media and journalism

Fri Nov 06 12:57:52 GMT 2020

Welcome to a one day-conference on diverse humanities and social science approaches to academic freedom and social change focusing media and journalism, arranged by Linnaeus University, Sweden, November 24, 2020.

We live in a time of increasing calls for academics to collaborate with each other and society to create a better future. This conference, taking place in a hybrid form through zoom and on location in Kalmar, offers an arena for various intellectual and practical approaches to academic freedom and social change within and between the humanities, social sciences, and arts.

Four keynote speakers open the conference by presenting their particular take on how to contribute to social improvements through the action space that the academic position allows for:

• Tamara Witschge, Professor Cross media, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, and Professor Media and Cultural Industries, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Title contribution: “Living journalism, living research”.

• From Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities:

◦ Cornelius Holtorf, UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures. Title contribution: “What academic freedom can mean in the humanities”.

◦ Renaud de la Brosse, professor at the Department of Media and Journalism. Title contribution: “The dangers of compartmentalization of knowledge/disciplines: of seating between two chairs (or more)”.

◦ Åsa Ståhl, senior lecturer Design. Title contribution: “Caring about sustainable future-making through public engagement and feminist technoscience”.

You are welcome to meet and discuss the keynotes in a panel conversation. Those who wish are kindly invited to express interest in being part of a network application on academic freedom and social change from a humanistic and social science perspective focusing on methods/applications as social solidarity, intellectual diversity, responsibility toward society, and what that could and should mean.

The afternoon session is a joint exploration of how academic freedom and social change can be practiced in media and journalism. To create an inclusive approach to this, you can participate by presenting your idea/project/call for cooperation.

The one-day conference is free of charge and for all interested, taking place both online and on-campus in Kalmar. See conference website for more information and registration at

Contact Pernilla Severson, (Pernilla.severson /at/ for more information.

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