• Academic Freedom: Norms, Methods, Contestations

    Author(s):
    Doug Steward (see profile)
    Date:
    2011
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6VC7B
    Abstract:
    Because academic freedom is a function of and entrusted to the corporate faculty, defenses of academic freedom must be articulated in the terms of curricula that are thoughtfully constructed according to disciplinary norms. But this potentially powerful system of protection is weakened when the faculty has little sense of how its curriculum fits together and how individual members’ teaching and research contribute to the mission of their departments and institutions, especially when that work challenges dominant disciplinary methods and narratives, as work in some less frequently taught languages and in literatures of people of color almost necessarily do.
    Notes:
    A version of the article was presented at the 2008 MLA convention in San Francisco. Readers might also be interested in the author's discussion of academic freedom in the contemporary cultural landscape in "Taking Liberties: Academic Freedom and the Humanities" (http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6RP4C)
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    Published
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