We are proud to announce that our Research Affiliate Andrea Peto received the University of Oslo (UiO) Human Rights Award 2022, for defending academic freedom and institutional autonomy.
UiO's Human Rights Award is given out annually during Oslo Peace Days as a recognition of personal efforts and active involvement in one or more areas related to human rights issues in a broad sense.
“Andrea Peto is a fearless defender of academic freedom and institutional autonomy. With her connection to gender studies and Holocaust research, she represents disciplines that come under attack when European regimes move in a more authoritarian direction. Academic freedom is fundamental when important human rights are to be protected,” said Pro-Rector Ase Gornitzka, who chairs the prize committee.
“I am honored to receive this award for academic freedom as illiberal regimes are weaponizing education and knowledge for their political aims,” said Andrea Peto.
“Andrea Peto uses her voice to challenge and encourage academics and academic institutions to speak up and stand against authoritarian and illiberal regimes' attacks on academic freedom, showing how things might go if the sector is not vigilant,” Ase Gornitzka added.
Read the full announcement here.