Book Launch: Enforcing Silence. Academic Freedom, Palestine and the Criticism of Israel

  • April 22, 2021 - 9:00pm

Academic freedom is under siege, as our universities become the sites of increasingly fraught battles over freedom of speech. This collection uses the controversies surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to explore the limits placed on academic freedom. It looks at how the neoliberalisation of higher education has shaped the current climate, and 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 US and Europe, Enforcing Silence shows us how we can and must defend our universities as places for critical thinking and free expression.


Yara Harawi University of Exeter, Senior Analyst at Al-Shabaka

Arianne Shahvisi, Brighton and Sussex Medical School

John Reynolds, Maynooth University

Chair: Conor McCarthy, Maynooth University

Link: Meeting ID: 657 605 9321

Hosted by the MPhil in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict, Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin, and Academics for Palestine (Ireland)


  • Start Date:April 22, 2021
  • Start Time:9:00pm
  • End Date:April 22, 2021
  • End Time:10:00pm