21 February – Orbán’s Hungary – Academic Freedom in an Illiberal Democracy

Hungary has in recent years, under the direction of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, moved in a more illiberal direction with the goal of creating a new form of governance – the illiberal democracy. This has among other things meant making the environment for academics more difficult to operate in as the attacks from the government have been targeted on science as knowledge, as a profession and as a practice, not the least by revoking the license of university programmes like gender studies. How did Hungary end up in the situation it is in today and what strategies can progressive forces use to fight illiberal policies?


Andrea Pető is professor in the Department of Gender Studies at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary and a Doctor of Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She has written five monographs, edited thirty-one volumes and her works on gender, politics, the Holocaust and war have been translated into 18 languages. She has been awarded the 2018 All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values. She is also a member of the Scientific Council of Foundation of Progressive Studies.

Date: 21-02-2019
Time: 18:15-19:30
Place: Hörsal 2, Ekonomikum
Admission: Free for members, 60 kr for non-members. A one-year membership can be purchased at the event for 100 SEK.

In collaboration with Folkuniversitetet.

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