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Why Do We Boycott the University of Illinois?

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Thank you for sharing this. I did not know about the boycott. The explanation of why draws together aspects of current society that many people are likely unaware of the connections between.


by Manu Vimalassery[1]

As many of us know, thousands of individual scholars and several scholarly associations within the U.S. and beyond have publicly declared a boycott and censure of the University of Illinois, for its firing of Steven Salaita. In its immediate aims – Salaita’s reinstatement, with damages, and sanctions for the Chancellor and Board of Trustees – the boycott has failed. And yet, the boycott continues. The boycott of the University of Illinois has been organized in the name of academic freedom and faculty governance. If the above conditions are met (which would be a huge movement from where things stand now), are we to imagine that academic freedom and faculty governance are now operative (if they ever were) at the University of Illinois? As Jakeet Singh put it, “The university’s largely unprecedented step of violating the autonomy of the hiring unit… is paternalistic and treats the hiring…

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