Revelations about the intersectional struggles for academic freedom within Indian Universities

Dina Zoe Belluigi, Nandita Dhawan, Grace Idahosa

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Recognising that the university is a site of struggle for democracy and justice, this paper prevents insider insights into academic citizenry within four Indian universities over 70 years after the country’s independence.

Drawing from data generated from academics within four Indian universities, we analysed responses that revealed the limits and possibilities of academic freedom as 'professional freedom' within teaching, research, community engagement, governance and administration.

Insights were gained into the politics of participation between academic citizens within this transforming sector. Intersectional analysis revealed varied experiences of identification, in addition to constraints to exercising power. Substantial differences in ‘being’ and ‘belonging’ in academic functions emerged in relation to academic position and social location.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2021
EventSRHE annual conference: (Re)connecting, (Re)building: Higher Education in Transformative Times - , United Kingdom
Duration: 08 Dec 202110 Dec 2021


ConferenceSRHE annual conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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