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The “Theory and Practice: Humanities in the World” seminar series at Georgetown University presents a panel on “Academic Freedom in a Global Context” on Friday, April 8th from 6:00pm to 7:30 pm in the Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Intercultural Center (ICC) Auditorium. This seminar series is sponsored by Georgetown University’s Office of the Vice President for Global Engagement, Georgetown Institute for Global History through the Department of History, and the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies.
Many places around the world today- from India and Egypt, to Turkey and Japan and even the U.S.- face systematic threats to academic freedom. Though this concerns all scholars, in a media climate which only selectively covers the issue of academic freedom at all, and in which violations almost never merit a mention when it occurs in the global south, we are unlikely to hear about each other’s struggles. This panel hopes to foster a conversation on how, given the transnational nature of our scholarly communities, we can begin to conceive of academic freedom as a global problem. Given Georgetown’s record of providing havens for scholars at risk, our international population, our location in Washington DC and our Jesuit ethos, we have a unique opportunity here to begin conversation on forging a new approach to the defense of academic freedom and to bring much needed attention to this problem.
Panelists José Angel Hernández and Angana Chatterji will address challenges to the free pursuit of academic research, expression and pedagogy in different contexts around the world, from India to Texas, in the wake of the law allowing guns on public university campuses. In addition, the discussion will include video testimonies from colleagues abroad sharing their experiences of threats to academic freedom.
José A. Hernández, is an Associate Professor at the University of Houston. Professor Hernández earned his PhD in History from the University of Chicago in 2008. He is also an alumnus of The University of Houston. In 1997 he received a BA in Mexican American Studies & History from The University of Texas at San Antonio. Before joining the Department of History at UH, he was an Associate Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Professor Hernández’s research analyzes Mexico’s evolving immigration policies during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with a particular focus on migrants and Mexican Americans that returned south to settle and colonize the northern frontier. His first book, Mexican American Colonization During the Nineteenth Century: A History of the US-Mexico Borderlands (2012) was published by Cambridge University Press and recently won two book awards – the inaugural William M. LeoGrande Prize for the Best Book on U.S.-Latin American Relations in 2013 presented by “The School of Public Affairs” and “Center for Latin American and Latino Studies” at American University, and the 2013 Américo Paredes Book Award bestowed by the “Center for Mexican American Studies” at South Texas College.
Angana P. Chatterji is Co-chair, Political Conflict, Gender and People’s Rights Project at the Center for Race and Gender at University of California, Berkeley (and Founding Co- chair of the precursor, Armed Conflict Resolution and People’s Rights Project at the Center for Social Sector Leadership, Haas School of Business, 2012-2015). In 2015-2016, she is also a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) at Columbia University, where she is working on issues of archive and memorialization. A cultural anthropologist, she focuses her scholarly work on issues of gender, power and violence; majoritarian nationalism, minoritization and racialization; religion in the public sphere and religious freedom; and reparatory justice and cultural survival. Professor Chatterji’s scholarship bears witness to postcolonial, decolonial conditions of grief, dispossession, and agency. In Kashmir, she co-founded (in 2008) the People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice. In 2005, she founded the People’s Tribunal on Religious Freedom and Human Rights in Odisha. In 2004, she served on a two-person independent commission on displacement and rehabilitation in the Narmada Valley. She has served on human rights commissions and offered expert testimony, including at the United Nations, European Parliament, United Kingdom Parliament, and United States Congress. She is a founding member of the South Asia Feminist Preconference at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
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Georgetown Institute for Global History
The Georgetown Institute for Global History (GIGH) was founded in the belief that all histories form part of a greater, global whole, and that the structures of today’s interlinked societies are the products of historical forces that have shaped the world since the beginning of time. For more information, please visit: https://history.georgetown.edu/gigh