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G20 Protests – Academic Freedom … Except For Anarchists

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 4 April 2009 by Steve

UK“… Is Chris Knight a 66 year old professor of anthropology therefore really as dangerous as the actions against him would appear to suggest? Those who think are dangerous enough in the modern world, the status quo relies on apathy, ignorance and fear in order to survive, anyone who questions what is supposed to be a consensus by default is therefore opening up the system to scrutiny that it cannot withstand, anyone who teaches others to question it is perhaps the most dangerous sort of dissident for therein lies perhaps the true seeds of a revolution …” (more)

[Red Baron’s Words, 3 April]

UEL suspends ‘Mr Mayhem’ and cancels alternative G20

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 2 April 2009 by Steve

UK“An alternative G20 summit at the University of East London was cancelled this week after security concerns and the suspension of its principal organiser. Chris Knight, chairman of the Docklands branch of the University and College Union at UEL, was suspended on charges of bringing the institution into disrepute over public comments he made about the likelihood of violence during the anti-capitalist protests in London. Billed in the media as ‘Mr Mayhem’, the professor of anthropology at UEL was the key figure behind the alternative summit, which was due to take place on 1 April, the day before the G20 Summit of world leaders at the nearby ExCel Centre. UEL said its primary responsibility was to maintain a ‘safe and secure campus environment’ …” (more)

[Melanie Newman, Times Higher Education, 2 April]

Activism and Academia: G20

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 31 March 2009 by Steve

Ireland“It’s interesting (or disheartening, depending on your view) to see in the Times Higher today that the University of East London has cancelled their planned ‘Alternative G20 Summit’ on Wednesday this week. Is this an understandable reaction to the comprehensive media coverage of the protests planned throughout London this week? Or should the university management team have continued to support the event? Universities will undoubtedly be pulled in different directions throughout the economic downturn. As we have seen in the Irish media in recent weeks, they are viewed as both saviour of the economy but also bloated, inefficient institutions …” (more)

[Summa cum laude, 31 March]