University of Gothenburg

A free knowledge society

What is needed in a free knowledge society? We work on the conditions for education and research. The higher education sector is analysed both in terms of its importance for a democratic society and as workplaces with their specific working conditions, norms and structures.

The importance of scientific analyses, facts and results is questioned today. Authoritarian, populist, and nationalist ideological currents aim in particular to invalidate critical knowledge perspectives, such as those that make visible vulnerable minorities, exclusionary norms around gender, body and ethnicity, and how power and oppression create inequality. In this context, it is particularly important to emphasise the specific conditions of gender researchers and gender scientists. But within the academic structures there are also problems. Therefore, we also focus on the vulnerability of teachers, researchers and students to hate, threats and gender-based violence.