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Queen’s Belfast cancels Charlie Hebdo conference

Security fears are one thing, and too often they have the effect of chilling free speech. But what’s equally worrying about the QUB statement on its decision to cancel a conference on Charlie Hebdo is its reference to the University’s reputation:

The email informed speakers: “The Vice Chancellor at Queen’s University Belfast has made the decision [...]

SOAS votes for an academic boycott of Israel

The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) has (or has had) various links with individuals and regimes which might be considered dubious.  Here Student Rights reports on its £755,000 gift from the Saudi royal family and on the inclusion of Yusuf al-Qaradawi on the editorial board of SOAS journal Quranic Studies.  The Guardian reported [...]

No True Feminist

Well, things aren’t like when I were a girl young woman/feminist.
CUSU Women’s Officer Amelia Horgan posted the following statement re an event at Cambridge Union, where Germaine Greer was invited to speak:
“The CUSU Women’s Campaign would like to express concern over the invitation of Germaine Greer …to speak at the Cambridge Union. Greer’s transphobia has [...]

University of West London cancels presentation on campus extremism [updated further with response from Charlie Klendjian ]

An event  presenting a new report on radicalisation on campus, due to be held tomorrow at the University of West London, and hosted by the UWL Law Society, has just been cancelled, apparently because of fears of bad publicity and complaints of lack of balance.  Extremist speakers regularly address student audiences.  The notorious Haitham Al-Haddad [...]

Troubling undercurrents in the MLA’s debate on Israel

The Modern Languages Association (MLA) has recently focused its attention on Israel, perhaps following the example of the American Studies Association, although they are only proposing to condemn, not boycott, Israel.  Members are currently being invited to endorse a resolution
urging the “United States Department of State to contest Israel’s denials of entry to the West [...]

BDS bullying at UCLA

It’s not always easy to evaluate reports of US campus conflict over Israel/Palestine. Sometimes the facts are unclear, and readers in the UK may not feel they have a full grasp of the wider cultural and political context.  I’m opposed to attempts to shut down debate and inhibit the free exchange of ideas by both [...]

The Extremist Allegiances of Joel Beinin

This is a cross-post by Paul Bogdanor from The Algemeiner
Joel Beinin – Professor of History and of Middle East History at Stanford University – once threatened legal action after being named as a supporter of terrorism. That should have surprised even the most jaded observers of American academic “activism.” Ever since his days as a young [...]

MLA, or the Merit of Laconic Academics

This is a Guest post by FormerCorr
Recently I wrote about the tensions bubbling up in US higher education, ahead of the annual conference of the Modern Languages Association. The point was that although high-profile debates about Israel/Palestine get more attention, more intense passions arise over the tensions between tenured “haves” and the vast armies of [...]

Academic conference from Hell

It’s underway at the American University of Beirut.
The university’s Center for American Studies and Research is sponsoring a “Transnational American Studies” conference, marking the 10th anniversary of the death of Edward Said. The keynote speaker is Dr. Judith Butler, who famously declared that Hamas and Hezbollah are “part of the global Left.”
It looks to [...]

Do Universities Matter?

This is a guest post by FormerCorr
As many students and faculty start a new term, it seems a good time to think aloud about the current state of higher education, and the way debates about this sector connect with the wider world.
Some people here have a low opinion of the Academy; I have my own [...]