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Lehrfreiheit and Lernfreiheit: Academic Freedom in Historical Perspective

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Academics, administrators of higher education and students alike all are aware of – and like to cite – the specific liberty associated with their profession, with teaching (learning) and research. Regardless of the national context, academic freedom is meant to guarantee independence, and open discourse. However, what seems a common concept is shaped by intellectual traditions, organisational context, and historical development to such an extent that debates on the issue for example in Germany and the Anglo-American world seem to be talking about very different things. To understand this discrepancy, we need to follow the history of the concept in its transnational traditions but also its national practices.

Dr Charlotte Lerg is currently a visiting professor of American History at the University of Münster. Before this she taught history at LMU, Munich. She works on the transnational history of universities and ideas in higher education.

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