Canceled conference at the University of Hamburg: Where fear triumphs – culture


Ron Steinke

Suppose you were the president of a university, then a look at the Basic Law would be very uplifting on the one hand. “Art and science, research and teaching are free,” it says in Article 5, paragraph 3, that’s a sparkling sentence that directly follows the basic right of freedom of expression. This is an achievement of civilization: a university is not a government preaching chair. The government must not give orders to science, it must not suppress discussions. But of course, on the other hand, you first have to dare to use this freedom, so that you don’t get dizzy too quickly. You have to endure it when political issues are not only hotly debated on social media, but also when things get louder in the campus corridors. Even at the risk of disturbing bachelor students collecting credit points.

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