The past decade has seen a rise in populist governments taking aim at culture and education, going so far as to close academic programs and change college boards, as we saw recently in Florida, entire universities, as we saw in Hungary, and to dismantle existing cultural infrastructure, as we saw in Brazil under Bolsonaro. What can we learn from recent cases of overt government intervention to curtail academic freedom/to redefine the field of academic inquiry? How can we prepare and protect our institutions from opportunistic politics? What place is there for dialogue?
In conjunction with the roundtable discussions held on October 16 from 4-6 p.m. at 4TH SPACE, CISSC is sponsoring two in-person workshop discussions addressing current issues and strategies pertaining to the interweaving of politics and education or culture. All welcome! Workshops will be held in a seminar room at Concordia’s Webster Library.
Marco Bortoleto is an Associate Professor at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Brazil and currently a postdoctoral fellow at Concordia University.
Amy Reid is a professor of French and Gender Studies and director of the Gender Studies program at New College of Florida. As chair of the New College Faculty, she now sits on the NCF Board of Trustees, which in August voted to abolish the Gender Studies program.