Professor Eric Heinze write on Israel, no-platforming – and why there’s no such thing as ‘narrow exceptions’ to campus free speech
2 May 2017
Eric Heinze, Professor of Law and Humanities at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), writes for The Conversation about the need for equal free speech across university forums. “That’s the absurdity of no-platforming. If we keep the exclusionary grounds genuinely narrow, they become random and arbitrary: we exclude one odious speaker while admitting another. And yet if we do maintain ethical consistency, banning all objectionable worldviews, the list of exclusions balloons beyond any serious boundaries. Universities purport to offer more than an environment of bromidic self-satisfaction – but the insular micro-climates we are increasingly fostering are bad for staff and worse for students,” explains Professor Heinze.