"Dangerous Questions: Why Academic Freedom Matters" Conference and MOOC launch, University of Ljubljana, 13 June 2018



Conference: "Dangerous Questions: Why Academic Freedom Matters"

& Academic Refuge MOOC launch event

13 June 2018 (09:00 to 16:30)
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences


Are some questions too dangerous to ask? What happens to scholars and students who ask those questions? How can you contribute to strengthening core university values, such as academic freedom?

Join us to discuss these and other important questions at an upcoming special event organized in the framework of the EU-funded Erasmus+ ACADEMIC REFUGE project.


The project aims to improve the capacity of European universities to assist refugees and threatened academics on campus and to promote understanding and respect for higher education values. Together with speakers and participants from Slovenia and across the region, we will discuss current threats to academic freedom worldwide, as well as the role of universities in welcoming and supporting refugees and scholars facing threats to their lives and their work. The event, which is free and open to the public, will serve as the launch of a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the same topic, entitled: “Dangerous Questions: Why Academic Freedom Matters.” The MOOC is an interactive course (also free of charge) which will be launched 4 June 2018 on FutureLearn platform.


Target participants:


Download the letter of invitation


The Conference is intended for NGOs, government representatives, international organizations, as well as academic and administrative university staff. The event is relevant for people interested in quality in research, human rights of higher education communities, welcoming refugees and threatened academics on campus, international education, inclusion and widening participation, promoting higher education values and negotiating or implementing inter-university partnerships.




Download the programme

Among the speakers:

  • Sonja Biserko, Founder of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia,
  • Prof. Dr. Branka Kalenić Ramšak, Vice-Rector of the University of Ljubljana,
  • at-risk scholars from Serbia and Turkey.


Registration for the event:

Participation is free of charge.

We invite you to register by filling in this online registration form by 14 May 2018


Further information:

Contact person:

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Andreja Vezovnik (U. of Ljubljana): andreja.vezovnik@fdv.uni-lj.si

Wednesday, 13 June, 2018
Host Institution: 
Univerza v Ljubljani