Call for Publications
Theme: Academic Freedom and the Global University
Publication: Volume edited by Kevin W. Gray
From: Kevin W. Gray <email@example.com>
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
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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: