Enforcing Silence: Academic Freedom, Palestine and the Criticism of Israel (Hardcover)

Enforcing Silence: Academic Freedom, Palestine and the Criticism of Israel By David Landy (Editor), Ronit Lentin (Editor) Cover Image
By David Landy (Editor), Ronit Lentin (Editor)
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Academic freedom is under siege, as our universities become the sites of increasingly fraught battles over freedom of speech. While much of the public debate has focused on ”no platforming” by students, this overlooks the far graver threat posed by concerted efforts to silence the critical voices of both academics and students, through the use of bureaucracy, legal threats, and online harassment. Such tactics have conspicuously been used, with particularly virulent effect, in an attempt to silence academic criticism of Israel.

This collection uses the controversies surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a means of exploring the limits placed on academic freedom in a variety of different national contexts. It looks at how the increased neoliberalization of higher education has shaped the current climate, and considers how academics and their universities should respond to these new threats. Bringing together new and established scholars from Palestine and the wider Middle East as well as the United States and Europe, Enforcing Silence shows us how we can and must defend our universities as places for critical thinking and free expression.

About the Author

David Landy is a lecturer in sociology and the director of the MPhil in Race, Ethnicity and Conflict at Trinity College Dublin. He is the author of Jewish Identity and Palestinian Rights: Diaspora Jewish Opposition to Israel, also from Zed Books. Ronit Lentin is a retired associate professor of sociology at Trinity College Dublin. Her other books include Thinking Palestine, also from Zed Books; Co-Memory and Melancholia: Israelis Memorialising the Palestinian Nakba; and Traces of Racial Exception: Racializing the Israeli Settler Colony.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781786996510
ISBN-10: 1786996510
Publisher: Zed Books
Publication Date: June 15th, 2020
Pages: 288