Academic freedom and the ‘intellectual diversity’ movement in Australia

Gelber, Katharine (2009) Academic freedom and the ‘intellectual diversity’ movement in Australia. Australian Journal of Human Rights, 14 2: 95-114.

Author Gelber, Katharine
Title Academic freedom and the ‘intellectual diversity’ movement in Australia
Journal name Australian Journal of Human Rights
ISSN 1323-238X
Publication date 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 14
Issue 2
Start page 95
End page 114
Total pages 10
Place of publication Chatswood, NSW
Publisher Lexis Nexis Butterworths
Language eng
Abstract Members of the misnamed ‘intellectual diversity’ movement seek to criticise universities for being dominated by left-wing ideas, often termed in accusations of ‘bias’. They allege that universities and academics express such bias in the form of hiring and tenure practices which favour those with liberal views, and the conduct of teaching and assessment of students which penalise students with conservative views. This movement has recently gained prominence in Australia, including by successfully instigating a Senate Inquiry into Academic Freedom in 2008. In this article I outline and critique the arguments of the intellectual diversity movement in Australia, and in so doing trace the linkages between its arguments and those of its United States’ contemporaries. I articulate the grave threat to intellectual freedom that this movement represents.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Political Science and International Studies Publications
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Created: Thu, 22 Sep 2011, 09:47:10 EST by Dr Katharine Gelber on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies