Does intellectual freedom mean academics can say what they want in whatever way they choose? Tim Anderson had a win this week, but a judge must still decide whether he was wrongfully dismissed.
Facing protests by students and academics over its Liberal Party links and generous funding by the Morrison government, the centre’s most important test will be whether it respects academic freedom.
Liberal Prime Minister Robert Menzies insisted universities should have protection from political interference. But Bob Hawke’s education minister John Dawkins dismantled these protections.
With ideological issues such as Hong Kong and Taiwan, lecturers told of how a vocal minority of international Chinese students are attempting to police teaching materials and class discussions.
As a teacher, an academic cannot use freedom of speech to say something that may directly demean or intimidate a student. But as a researcher, they must have the freedom to pursue the truth.
University trustees are among the least-studied groups in higher education. Increasingly, they’re making news – as the focus of a crisis. That raises the question: To whom are they accountable?
A new report has found students and academics critical of China’s Communist Party are being harassed and intimidated by supporters of Beijing. Universities must do more to protect academic freedom.
In a volatile and uncertain world, academic freedom is the foundation of universities’ capacity to be responsive to all of the challenges we face today.
Philosopher Peter Singer has helped launch a new, pseudonymous journal for the discussion of unpopular views. Will this be a boon for free inquiry, or a way for researchers to shirk responsibility?
Canadian Jewish scholars have released a statement to express alarm at attempts to intervene in campus activities relating to Israel and Palestine.
The issues dominating public debates about academic freedom are not where the greatest threats lie.
We should challenge government defunding of universities, and greater reliance on private donations that can affect the transparency, equity and democracy of public institutions, including hospitals.
Enshrining the Model Code on Freedom of Speech and Academic Freedom in legislation won’t ensure disagreements on campus remain civil. Here are some practical guidelines on how to disagree well.
Academic freedom is under assault around the world. Academics and students are being killed, injured, detained and disappeared in a pattern of disturbing increases in state repression.
Academic freedom will be defined in law. It will keep universities busy with compliance, but the main outcome is more symbolic: the government can say it has stood up for free speech.
Ontario’s recent order-in-council adopting the IHRA’s definition of antisemitism has been lauded by some. However, critics fear that it could be used to curtail criticism of the Israeli government.
Scholars researching the politics and policies of Israel have been facing a growing and uphill battle for academic freedom.
The new Japanese prime minister, Yoshihide Suga’s rejection of six scientists nominated for an advisory panel has raised concerns over academic freedom.
It’s all in the details: the wide-ranging powers hinge on the yet-to-be-defined ‘institutional autonomy’ of foreign partners that enter into agreements with Australian public universities.
The campaign for ‘free speech on campus’ mimics US and UK tactics of using a manufactured crisis to further the goal of increasing conservative political influence in universities.