Free Speech, Its Primacy and Challenges


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The program follows Cenral European Summer Time (GMT +02:00).


Tuesday, 25 May



2.00 PM – 2.20 PM


Tiziana Lippiello | Rector of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Giancarlo Bosetti | Chairman Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations


2.20 PM – 2.30 PM


Volker Kaul: Free Speech and the Problem of Truth


2.30 PM – 3.15 PM

Nadia Urbinati: How Absolute is Mill’s Principle of “Absolute Freedom of Opinion and Sentiment on All Subjects, Practical or Speculative, Scientific, Moral or Theological”? 

Chair: Volker Kaul


3.30 PM – 5.00 PM

Bhikhu Parekh: Regulating Free Speech

Stephen Macedo: Lost in the Marketplace of Ideas: Rethinking Free Speech After Trump

Chair: David Rasmussen


5.15 PM – 6.45 PM

David Elstein: A Confucian Case for Moderate Free Expression

Masooda Bano: Caricaturing the Prophet: Possible Responses from Within the Islamic Tradition

Chair: José Casanova



Wednesday, 26 May


1.30 PM – 3.00 PM

Debora Spini: Constructing Women: Free Speech, Gender and Religion

Amel Grami: Freedom of Speech in Contemporary Arab societies, From a Gender Perspective

Chair: Marina Calloni


3.15 PM – 4.45 PM

Michel Wieviorka: Freedom, in General, and Academic Freedom. A French Perspective

Timothy Garton Ash: Is Europe Losing Free Speech?

Chair: Jonathan Laurence


5.00 PM – 5.45 PM

Gilbert Achcar: Freedom of Expression, Islamophobia and Antisemitism

Chair: Marcella Simoni


5.45 PM – 6.30 PM

Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab: The Freedom of Thought and the Politics of Thought in the Arab World

Chair: Patrizio Fondi



Thursday, 27 May


 1.15 PM – 2.45 PM

Gautam Bhatia: Offence or Hate?: The Limits of Free Speech under the Indian Constitution

Ananya Vajpeyi: Faking News, Hiding Data: New Assaults on the Freedom of Speech in India 

Chair: Pratap Bhanu Mehta


3.00 PM – 3.45 PM

Pratap Bhanu Mehta: Speech, Identity and Boundaries in Age of Social Media

Chair: Daniel Gamper


4.00 PM – 5.45 PM

Matteo Bonotti & Jonathan Seglow: Freedom of Speech: A Relational Defense

Matthew Kramer: Freedom of Expression as Self-Restraint

Chair: Alessandro Ferrara



Friday, 28 May



1.45 PM – 2.45 PM

Cass Sunstein: Liars: Falsehoods and Free Speech in an Age of Deception

Chair: Giancarlo Bosetti


2.45 PM – 3.30 PM

ROUNDTABLE: Which Limits to Free Speech? And Who Decides Them?

Speakers: Giuliano Amato, Bhikhu Parekh

Chair: Ananya Vajpeyi


3.45 PM – 5.30 PM

Richard Quang-Anh Tran: Banishing the Poets: Reflections on Free Speech and Literary Censorship in Vietnam

Sophia Woodman & Tim Pringle: Academic Freedom and the Political Economy of Knowledge Production: A View on/of/from China

Chair: Toshio Miyake


5.30 PM – 6.30 PM

Presentations of the Summer School Workshops *


6.30 PM

Closing Remarks

Giancarlo Bosetti | Chairman Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations


Summer School workshops are conducted by Devrim Kabasakal Badamchi (The Justification of Free Speech and Its Limits), Volker Kaul (Free Speech and Epistemic Injustice) and Jonathan Laurence (The Status of Free Speech in the European Culture Wars).



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