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Academic freedom and the university: Fifty years of debate

Hall, M 2006, 'Academic freedom and the university: Fifty years of debate' , South African Journal of Higher Education, 20 (3) , pp. 8-16.

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Contemporary debates about academic freedom and institutional autonomy in South Africa’s “liberal” universities began in the 1950s, stimulated by the policies and legislation for racial segregation. At the University of Cape Town (UCT), these debates were shaped by the influential T B Davie, and since 1959, UCT has offered a (usually) annual T B Davie Memorial Lecture at which the symbolic torch of academic freedom (extinguished during the apartheid years, and re-ignited after 1994) is carried in procession. But despite this ceremonial and its endurance there is not, and has not been since the mid 1980s, a university-wide consensus on the nature of academic freedom and its relationship with institutional autonomy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: academic freedom; South Africa
Themes: Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
Strategic Leadership Team
Journal or Publication Title: South African Journal of Higher Education
Publisher: South African Association of Research and Development in Higher Education
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1011-3487
Depositing User: AL Sherwin
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2009 10:43
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:01

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