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10.04.2018 11:24 Alter: 11 days

Academic Freedom and the Global University


Call for Publications

Theme: Academic Freedom and the Global University
Publication: Volume edited by Kevin W. Gray
Deadline: 1.9.2018



From: Kevin W. Gray <kevin.gray@utoronto.ca>


The expansion of American-style education overseas has been both an 
economic success, if measured by the rise in numbers of American, 
European, and Australian universities rushing to set up campuses in 
Asia and the Middle East is to serve as a measure, and a source of 
great consternation for academics concerned with norms of free 
inquiry, and intellectual freedom. In well-known cases such as at NYU 
and Yale, faculty at home campuses have resisted the opening of new 
satellite campuses for fear that their colleagues teaching on those 
campuses would be less free to teach and engage in intellectual 
inquiry, and that students studying on those campuses be denied the 
free inquiry that is normally associated with liberal arts education. 
Those critics point to the denial of visas to academics wishing to 
carry out research on foreign campuses (as with well-known cases at 
NYUAD), the sudden termination of employment at schools in both the 
Middle East and Asia, or the last-minute cancellation of conferences 
at those schools, as evidence that they were correctly suspicious of 
the possibility that liberal arts programs could exist in those
regions. Supporters of the project, conversely, have argued either
than opening up foreign campuses would bring free inquiry to
(supposedly) closed societies, improve educational opportunities for
students who would otherwise be denied them, or, perhaps less
frequently, that free inquiry will be no less pressured than in the
United States or Western Europe (where recent controversies, such as
that involving Steven Salaita at the University of Illinois, or Ward
Churchill at the University of Colorado, have shown that academics in
the United States are often exposed to political pressures as well).

This volume flows from a workshop initially held under the auspices
of the Committee for International Cooperation of the American 
Philosophical Association’s meeting held in Baltimore, in January 
2017. We already have four confirmed chapters coming from that 
workshop. We are looking for contributions addressing issues of 
academic freedom on foreign and branch campuses. The book will be 
published as part of the book series Expansion and 
Internationalization of Higher Education in Asia, North Africa, and 
the Middle East (edited by Kevin W. Gray and Hassan Bashir, Lexington 
Books).

For this book, we are particularly interested in:

- Cases studies dealing with the pressures on academic freedom in
 different geographical locations.

- Analyses of how mechanisms under which pressure is brought to bear
 on academics teaching and researching in the Asia, the Middle East
 (or perhaps elsewhere).

- Critical analysis of the transformation of norms of academic
 freedom in North American and Europe, and an analysis of how these
 transformations relate to events in the developing world.

- How restrictions on research and inquiry manifest themselves in
 pedagogy.

- Some other topics relevant to the discussion of academic freedom.

Short proposals of approximately 300-500 words should be sent to Dr. 
Kevin W. Gray at kevinwgray@gmail.com by September 1, 2018, with the 
anticipation that final chapters of approximately 6,000-10,000 words 
will be received by February 1, 2019.

Any informal inquiries should also be sent to:
kevinwgray@gmail.com