Viewpoint visibility in Australian universities: project update

Preamble: this project is an issue-mapping-and-engagement exercise, funded by Heterodox Academy. (The purpose of HxA deserves wide support: to improve the quality of research and education in universities by increasing open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement). At the June webinar I shared insights from some interviews in March and April, and took up some points raised…

Peter Ridd, the High Court and academic freedom

Last month's High Court ruling on Peter Ridd versus James Cook University concludes a third deep dive by judges into a Kafka-Down-Under policy maze about academic freedom and its lawful limits. Should sharp, dismissive criticism of other scholars' research be sanctioned as misconduct, if university managers find it uncollegial or disrespectful? In this case, complaints…