Jacqui Hoepner: "You need to shut up" – Research silencing and what it reveals about academic freedom

Date & time

5–6.30pm 16 March 2017

Event series

Tonight PhD candidate Jacqui Hoepner will present her final seminar on her research.

Academic freedom is a notion often taken for granted by scholars. University policies uphold unfettered enquiry as central to the university's mission and the academy's broader role within society. Academics have little reason to question this - just so long as they play by 'the rules'.

In her final PhD seminar, Jacqui Hoepner presents her major findings and conclusions. Hoepner's research challenges notions of academic freedom through interviews with academics whose work was attacked or curtailed, despite believing they were doing 'all the right things'.

Hoepner presents 42 silencing behaviours - a range of negative responses to research aimed at shutting down and stifling lines of enquiry; as well as participants' explanations for why their work was deemed unacceptable.

Her findings suggest there are unacknowledged limits to academic freedom that become revealed only once scholars cross a boundary.

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