Professor Linda Maria Koldau’s criticism of the low educational level in the Danish humanities and her subsequent “case” at Aarhus University have been covered by various international media:
- Professor: Danish Human Sciences – a Scandal by Mike Young, University Post (Copenhagen University), 28 June, 2011
- Comment: Danish Universities not World Class written by professor Linda Maria Koldau, Aarhus University, upon request of the online journal University Post (Copenhagen University), 28 June, 2011
- Critical Aarhus Professor: I face humiliation by Polina Chebotareva, University Post (Copenhagen University), 15 February, 2012
- Koldau Resigns as New Info Emerges by Polina Chebotareva, University Post (Copenhagen University), 27 March, 2012
- Musik ohne Noten und Goethe ohne Deutsch by Heike Schmoll, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 26 April, 2012
- Université et liberté d’expression au Danemark (French article on the right to freedom of speech in Denmark) by Anne Albinus on the blog Anne Eftertanke, 3 June, 2012
- Deutsche Kritik an dänischer Uni by Frank Jung, Flensburger Zeitung, 11 January, 2013
Presentation of the Koldau Case on the website of the Federation of German Scientists
In February 2013, an ample documentation of the Koldau Case in German language was made accessible on the website of the Vereinigung deutscher Wissenschaftler (Federation of German Scientists).
The Federation of German Scientists describes its mission as follows:
The Federation of German Scientists (FGS; German acronym VDW) was founded in 1959 in West-Berlin by renowned nuclear scientists, including Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker and the Nobel Prize laureates Max Born, Otto Hahn, Werner Heisenberg, and Max von Laue. Two years earlier this group of experts had become well-known to the public as “Göttinger 18”: Nuclear scientists who had publicly argued against a nuclear armament of the German Bundeswehr. Since then the FGS feels bound to the tradition of responsible science. In Annual Conferences and in interdisciplinary Study Groups as well as public comments it addresses issues of science and technology on the one hand, and peace and security policy on the other. At the same time, the role of science itself in genesis and in solution of socio-technological problems is subject of examination and expertise. It has nearly 400 members from different fields of the natural sciences, the humanities, and social sciences, so that a large range of topics is approached at a high level of competence. With the results of its interdisciplinary work the Federation of German Scientists not only addresses the general public, but also the decision-makers at all levels of politics and society.
(from the Homepage of the FGS)
Having been informed about the illegitimate admonition and charges of Aarhus University against professor Linda Maria Koldau, the Federation of German Scientists played a certain role in the case.
On 20 February, 2012, the president of the FGS, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Bartosch and the leaders of the society’s Section Whistleblowing, Dr. Dieter Deiseroth (judge at the German Federal Administrative Court) and Dipl.-Pol. Annegret Falter, sent an English letter to the rector of Aarhus University with inquiries about the case of professor Linda Maria Koldau and Aarhus University’s measures to solve the conflict internally under observance of internationally valid regulations. The letter can be read here.
Rector Lauritz Holm-Nielsen never answered to the society’s inquiries.
The society then decided that they would present the Koldau Case on its website, since it must be regarded as a case of greater significance within the current development of the European university system.
The presentation of the case was initiated by Dr. Dieter Deiseroth and Dipl.-Pol. Annegret Falter as leaders of the Section Whistleblowing in the FGS.
In February 2013, the case was published under the title Der „Fall“ Prof. Linda Maria Koldau oder die Erzwingung einer notwendigen öffentlichen Debatte. Ein grenzüberschreitendes Trauerspiel with an introduction by Dr. Annegret Falter and ample documentation of in German translation, partly with ample explanatory notes.
An additional, shorter presentation including some of the documents in German translation was also published on the website of the IALANA (International Association Of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms).