Academic Freedom in the Managed University: Controversy, Conflict, and Control

2016 Conference

February 26-27, 2016
Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Toronto
475 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario

Registration now open

Academic freedom is widely recognized as the defining feature and central value of university and college life. It is a fragile freedom that has always faced threats from powerful interests outside the university. Today, new developments within campuses are limiting the ability of academic staff to exercise their right to speak, teach, and conduct research without constraint. The increasing concentration of power in the senior administration and the development of new managerial tools and policies to control and regulate faculty performance and behaviour point to the emergence of a new front in the struggle to defend academic freedom.

This conference explores the rise of managerial fundamentalism in the academy, how it is manifested, what it means for academic staff, and what can be done to defend academic freedom in the face of these new challenges.

Keynote Address

Academic Freedom and Political Necessity?
Thomas Docherty, University of Warwick

Panelists include

  • Peter McInnis, St. Francis-Xavier University
  • Ellen Schrecker, Yeshiva University
  • Alison Hearn, Western University
  • Len Findlay, University of Saskatchewan
  • Marc Spooner, University of Regina
  • Sandra Grey, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Michele M. Moody-Adams, Columbia University
  • Frank Furedi, University of Kent
  • Sarika Bose, University of British Columbia
  • Gary Rhoades, University of Arizona
  • Penni Stewart , York University
  • James L. Turk, Ryerson University