Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference 2020

Conference date: Oct. 24-25, 2020, 12pm to 6pm each day

The Floyd Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression eighth annual Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference (FESC) will be held at virtually over Zoom on Oct. 24-25, 2020

At FESC, scholars and practitioners discuss works-in-progress on the freedoms of speech, expression, press, association, petition, and assembly, as well as on related issues of knowledge and information policy. FESC has become a fixture on the calendar of leading First Amendment thinkers and scholars nationwide. The paper titles and attendees from prior conferences are available here: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013.

Each accepted paper is assigned to a discussant, who will summarize the paper, provide feedback, and lead a discussion. Workshop sessions are typically lively discussions among authors, discussants, and participants.  Conference participants are expected to read the papers in advance and to attend the entire conference.

We accept papers on a wide array of freedom of expression and information policy topics.  Although participation at the conference is by invitation only, we welcome paper proposals from scholars, practitioners, and free speech advocates all over the world.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Heather Branch [email link to].