Research and higher education policy in a new era
What is needed in a free knowledge society? The theme addresses issues of knowledge and conditions for working with knowledge development. Higher education institutions are analysed both as workplaces with their specific working conditions and as part of a sphere of greater importance for a democratic society.
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.