Our Work in 2021/2022
GOAF responds to the need for universities to effectively pursue the production, transmission, and dissemination of knowledge as a public good. On a global level, GOAF engages in research and advocacy activities that promote academic freedom as a cornerstone of higher education and of a democratic society. On the individual and institutional levels, GOAF addresses the need for a better formulation of the concept of academic freedom.
Launched in 2021, GOAF intends to assure its sustainable future through:
1. Operationalizing the work by assembling in our Advisory Board the top world scholars and policymakers who have been strong advocates of academic freedom and through establishing partnerships with organizations and researchers in the field while drawing on the rich expertise within OSUN.
2. Analyzing the current understanding and conceptualization of academic freedom in the world through various publications. The GOAF 2021 report “Change or Continuity, Converging or Diverging Paths? Understanding Academic Freedom in the World in the COVID Years” will be published in late 2021, accompanied by several papers focused on case studies that include India, France, the UK, and Hungary.
3. Organizing a series of events on the topic of academic freedom, within and beyond OSUN, including GOAF’s First Annual Conference in January 2022, “Reimagining Academic Freedom.”