Academic Freedom and Society: Some Critical Questions


  • Lara Choksey University of Warwick
  • Lara Choksey Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick



academic freedom, university autonomy, education policy, racism, corporate publishing


A review of a recent one-day conference, Academic Freedom and Society, held on June 2 2017 at the University of Warwick, which sought to pose questions about ideals and practices of academic freedom, historically and in the current moment, across disciplinary and national borders. Speakers discussed the university and human rights practices, Islamophobia and teaching law, ‘Decolonise the University’, links between funding and research, digital piracy, new sites of knowledge commons, and university managerialism, and the challenges and possibilities these topics pose to the practice of academic freedom. Has the university ever been autonomous from state interests, and what modes of freedom are currently available to academics – already unevenly contingent on social and national identifications – in practice?


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Author Biography

Lara Choksey, University of Warwick

I am an Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick, and a sessional tutor in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick. My research interests include science and literature, cultural studies, critical race studies, and biosemiotics. In literary studies, I work primarily on speculative and contemporary fiction.