Free Society International Workshops

Date / time: 6 March - 7 March, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Free Society International Workshops, 6-7 March, 2023 | The Institute of Applied Ethics, University of Hull, UK

There is a growing global concern about the place of freedom in our societies. The Institute of Applied Ethics is bringing speakers from across the world together in Hull, to discuss the free society, what it means, and how it can be defended. This is an interdisciplinary conference in which historians will interact with contemporary ethicists and practitioners, to discuss the histories of the struggles to create and maintain free societies. Discussions will cross geographies and time periods, bringing together academics from Europe and Japan. They will consider the contemporary situation in its own terms and in light of similar historical examples of such threats. The events will comprise a first day of academic workshops, and a second day of presentations and a closing roundtable discussion on the state of “the free society” in different countries. (Everyone is invited to both days.) The speakers will cover freedom of speech and association, freedom of protest, political polarization, freedom of worship, academic and intellectual freedom, and other subjects relevant to the idea of a ‘free society.’

Speakers will include Prof. Glenn Burgess (Hull University, UK); Prof. Patricia Chiantera-Stutte (University of Bari, Italy); Dr Maria Dimova-Cookson (Durham University, UK); Dr Alessandro Dividus (University of Pisa, Italy); Dr Christopher Fear (Hull University, UK); Prof. Stephane Guy (University of Lorraine, France); Dr Ecem Okan (University of Lorraine, France); Dr Hanno Terao (Waseda University, Japan); Prof. Colin Tyler (Hull University, UK); and plenaries by Dr Edward Skidelsky (Exeter University, UK) and Rev. Canon Dr Dominic Black (Hull Minster).

Venue: Seminar Room 1 Nidd Building University of Hull, HU6 7RX

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