As Anglophone universities expand overseas, what are some of the problems facing the protection of faculty rights? The essay describes the spectrum of potential threats to academic freedom at overseas sites and describes various measures undertaken by the AAUP and others to combat them. Protection needs to take account of commercially induced self-censorship, which is less visible than the overt efforts on the part of government authorities to quash politically inconvenient speech. Offshore branches of universities may prove to be the most cost-effective way of servicing the needs of multinational knowledge capital as it roams around the globe in search of the cheapest locations and highest returns. How we think about academic freedom also needs to take account of the increasing crossover between universities and knowledge corporations as they mutate into species more adaptable to the land, sea, and air of the new geography of knowledge capitalism.
Andrew Ross; Away from Home: The Case of University Employees Overseas. South Atlantic Quarterly 1 October 2009; 108 (4): 765–779. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00382876-2009-019
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