One needn’t to look far to see how things like undue political influence, state interventions, economic conditions, national borders, and lots more can infringe upon human rights, whose enjoyment thus by no means goes without saying. On the following pages, you can read about 2020’s Human Rights Day event at the mdw with discourse researcher Ruth Wodak, who has studied the crisis communication of various governments in connection with COVID-19 mitigation measures. You can also learn about ways of confronting populist politics along with the role played here by the academic and artistic spheres. And last but not least, we take a look at academic autonomy and the developments by which it’s being threatened.
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