Roz Ward, Barry Spurr And What Universities Are For

New Matilda, 9 June 2016. Read the original here. When for any reason… the administrator of [a university] attempts to dislodge a professor because of his political or religious sentiments, at that moment the institution has ceased to be a university. So affirmed the University of Chicago’s first president in 1892. Going on recent experience,… Continue reading Roz Ward, Barry Spurr And What Universities Are For

BDS creates the conditions for a real dialogue

The Australian, 26 July 2017. Originally published under the headline 'BDS encourages Israel to enter into a two-state dialogue', which misrepresented my position. Read the original here. A major national conference on the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign for Palestine will be held at the University of Sydney this week. Predictably, the conference has been… Continue reading BDS creates the conditions for a real dialogue

A question of academic freedom

Jacobin, 31 July 2017. Read the original here. Many academics have objected to the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel on the grounds that it violates academic freedom — an accusation that has been remarkably successful in gaining traction.Zionists denounce those who would disrespect the “free flow of ideas within the international scholarly… Continue reading A question of academic freedom

Diversity, linguistics and domination: how linguistic theory can feed a kind of politics most linguists would oppose

History and Philosophy of the Language Sciences, 11 May 2016. Read the original here. What connections might linguists’ professional activities have to politics? Most recently, the question has been posed by the collective self-dismissal of the Lingua board and the journal’s metamorphosis into the open-access Glossa – a welcome attempt to break the monopoly of… Continue reading Diversity, linguistics and domination: how linguistic theory can feed a kind of politics most linguists would oppose

University deregulation

Arena magazine 134, February-March 2015. Read the original here. Another parliamentary term, another broadside against the shaky foundations of the Australian welfare state. Following its humiliations over Medicare and the travesty of the Philip knighthood, there would seem to be few other measures left for the government to stake its credibility on than its plans… Continue reading University deregulation

How to justify a crisis

Jacobin, October 5 2015. Read the original here. As Europe’s asylum crisis intensified last month, prominent liberal opinion pages — the London Review of Books, Le Monde, Canada’s Globe and Mail — featured contributions from some of today’s leading thinkers. Slavoj Žižek, Jürgen Habermas, and Peter Singer all offered their analysis of what must be… Continue reading How to justify a crisis

Academics should boycott international conferences in the US until Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ is lifted

Wildcat Dispatches, 17 February 2017. Read the original here. Earlier this week, I signed a call for a boycott of international academic conferences in the US until Trump’s “Muslim ban” is lifted. Over five thousand other academics have done the same, and the move has been widely reported. However, not everyone thinks that a boycott… Continue reading Academics should boycott international conferences in the US until Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ is lifted