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    EAFAF is happy to support this talk by organised by Living Freedom Monday 25 March @ 6:00 – 7:30 pm Violet Laidlaw Room, School of Social and Political Science, Chrystal Macmillan Building TALK AND DISCUSSION Defending expression and practice of religious beliefs throws up many tricky questions in relation to preserving freedom and […]

Lindsay Paterson, emeritus professor of education policy, School of Social and Political Science. 19 February 2024 (This blog is based on a seminar paper given at Queen Margaret University, 14 February 2024.) Advocates of academic freedom face a problem when considering the university education of people intending to enter a profession. To be employed in […]

The tensions and conflicts between Israel and Palestine have once again culminated in violence, bloodshed, loss of life, and widespread dismay across the world. There have been large protests and gatherings on our campus and on many other university campuses across the UK, Europe, and America. However, space for calm, evidence-based discussion which helps members […]

By the EAFAF Steering Group We were delighted that our screening and discussion of Adult Human Female – a film about women’s rights – finally went ahead last night (22 Nov.). It was, however, disappointing that yet again, members of the University community tried to prevent it, and that a major security operation involving dozens […]

This blog by Freddy Lowe, a second year student in English Literature at Edinburgh, was originally pitched to The Student Newspaper, who branded it ‘unpublishable’.  They especially objected to the last line calling for respectful listening to both sides.  What do you think? It is no secret that, among certain members of my generation, J.K. […]

Jonathan Hearn, Professor of Political and Historical Sociology, School of Social and Political Science. Edinburgh Academics for Academic Freedom was set up by a group of academic colleagues who were concerned about a growing climate of censoriousness, and a general chill around discussing and debating difficult issues in this university, and the university sector as […]

We are very sorry to announce that our screening and discussion of Adult Human Female is postponed until after the summer. Shortly after our second attempt to hold this event was sabotaged, and we and our attendees were subjected to sexist and ageist insults by protestors, the Principal issued this statement. We welcomed its robust […]

Arianna Andreangeli, Senior Lecturer in Competition Law, Edinburgh Law School   “Academic freedom and institutional autonomy of higher education institutions are not only crucial for the quality of education and research; they are essential components of democratic societies.” (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Resolution no 2352 of 20 November 2020) Academic freedom is […]

EAFAF is delighted to launch the publicity for our next open event, “Academic Freedom and the Law”, on May 20th. Our speaker, Akua Reindorf KC, and our discussant, Joanna Cherry KC MP, will help us understand the law as it currently stands in relation to academic freedom, and there will be plenty of time for […]

We are extremely disappointed that once again the screening and discussion of Adult Human Female was prevented from taking place.  This was despite repeated warnings to senior management about the hostile environment that was being created on campus by members of staff in the run up to the event.  In particular, the university’s Staff Pride Network […]


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