Institutional responses to shrinking academic spaces in Latin America: the ambiguous role of academic institutions

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  • Date and time: Friday 3 November 2023, 2pm to 3pm
  • Location: Online only
  • Booking: Booking required

Event details

In this presentation, Dr Rosario Figari Layús examines the cases of Brazil and Colombia and analyses university reactions when staff and students are being attacked or in a situation of risk. They will consider the questions:

  • what measures are adopted by universities in these countries to deal with security challenges faced by scholars at risk and to guarantee academic freedom?
  • how effective and sustainable are these measures?
  • what are the consequences and impacts of such institutional actions in these cases?

This presentation is based on a research project supported by the Mellon / SAR Academic Freedom Workshop & Fellowships Program, which took place between January and August 2022.

Please reserve a ticket, and we will forward you a Zoom link to the webinar in the week before the event.

This webinar is part of a series of online and face-to-face events – webinars, workshops, training events and conferences – hosted by the UNESCO Chair, Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Expansion of Political Space. The Chair was awarded to the Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR), University of York, in 2023 to promote an integrated system of research, teaching and training, as well as community engagement and communication. As Chair, CAHR facilitates collaboration between high-level, internationally recognised researchers and teaching staff of the University of York and other institutions in the country, as well as elsewhere in the region and in other regions of the world.

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About the speaker

Dr Rosario Figari Layús

Dr Rosario Figari Layús is a post-doctoral researcher at the Chair of Peace Studies at the Justus Liebig University of Giessen in Germany. She also collaborates as a researcher with the German-Colombian Peace Institute – Capaz in Colombia. Rosario holds a PhD in Political Science from the Phillips University of Marburg. Previously she earned a Masters degree in Social Sciences from Humboldt University of Berlin and a degree in sociology from the University of Buenos Aires. Her areas of work and research focus on human rights protection, academic freedom, political and gender-based violence, transitional justice and peace and conflict studies.