Free speech on campuses has become a focus of contentious debate and increased media scrutiny. Campus communities—including administrators, faculty, and students—generally embrace the concept of free speech yet lack a clear consensus about its limits. The AAUP invites proposals for presentations at our June 14–17 annual conference that offer nuanced articulations of the concept of free speech in the context of higher education. Submissions are due by January 14.
Presentations might explore
- competing claims about who has free speech rights and how far they extend;
- free speech and its relation to academic freedom;
- the politicization of free speech before, during, and after the 2016 presidential election;
- free speech and the problem of hate speech, racism, or white supremacy;
- rights and obligations regarding controversial outside speakers;
- campuses and their communities as sites of protest and counterprotest;
- social media controversies and their consequences;
- media coverage of free speech on campuses;
- free speech and faculty on contingent appointments;
- free speech and the right to organize in unions;
- the history and legacy of the 1960s free speech movement; or
- the future of free speech on campuses.
Presentations on other topics of interest to a diverse, multidisciplinary higher education audience are welcome. We encourage proposals that raise questions, engage conference participants in discussion, and foster dialogue. See additional details and submit your proposal at https://www.aaup.org/CFP-2018.
Director of External Relations
PS: If you’re interested in writing an article on the topic of free speech for the AAUP’s online Journal of Academic Freedom, take a look at our call for papers, with submissions due by January 31.