Privilege, platforms, and power: uses and abuses of academic freedom

Shahvisi, Arianne (2020) Privilege, platforms, and power: uses and abuses of academic freedom. In: Landy, David, Lentin, Ronit and McCarthy, Conor (eds.) Enforcing silence: academic freedom, Palestine and the criticism of Israel. Zed Books, London. ISBN 9781786996510

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Academic freedom is critical to knowledge production, yet like other forms of freedom of speech, it must be limited where it infringes on other rights or causes serious harm. In this chapter I describe the limits of academic freedom, taking as a case study Steven Salaita’s firing over tweets about Israeli state violence. In Salaita’s case and others, the concept of “civility” was deployed to limit academic freedom, yet was not defined or defended, leaving university administrators able to wield the concept to impose limitations which serve other interests. I describe how a rigorously-defined version of civility might be helpful in understanding the objectives and limitations of academic speech.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Depositing User: Arianne Shahvisi
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2019 10:29
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2020 10:44

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