Tuesday Feb 28!
Join us in welcoming Dr Jayal from Jawaharlal Nehru University JNU New Delhi India and hear her lecture
Academic Freedom and its Discontents in India
Dr Niraja Jayal, Centre for the Study of Law and Governance at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
28 February 2017
Contesting the assumption that academic freedom is simply a function of the contingent predispositions of state power, Dr. Jayal will argue that the prospects for academic freedom depend substantially on the idea of the university in a given society, and the way in which this expresses the relationship between power and knowledge. The present imperilments of academic freedom in India emanate not only from conspicuous political ideological tendencies, but also from a creeping techno-managerial orientation and audit culture that reflects global practices. Documenting historical shifts in conceptions of academic freedom, this talk will explore how both these strands converge to jeopardise academic freedom in contemporary India.