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
Themes: Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > No Research Centre
Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
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: 16 Feb 2022 09:05

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