Call for Chapters: Academic Freedom and the Global University (CORRECTED)

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April 13, 2018 to February 1, 2019
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Area Studies, Humanities, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology

Call for Chapters: Academic Freedom and the Global University

Short proposals (approximately 300-500 words) due September 1, 2018

Final chapters (from 6,000-10,000 words) due February 1, 2019

Edited by Kevin W. Gray

The expansion of Western education overseas has been both an economic success, if 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 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

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