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Galileo Hates Your “Campus Free Speech” Arguments

13 December 2017

“Four centuries after Galileo was silenced”, a headline blares, “UK students are still curbing free speech.” (At issue was a student union’s no-platforming...

Reverence and Engagement

7 December 2017

My office is filled with books. It’s not an especially capacious room, but there are four large bookcases in it, university issue, as well as two smaller ones I bought myself....

On Mendacious and Shitty Academic Punditry

5 December 2017

[I have meant to write a blog post about this almost since my last one went up, but Twitter threads keep coming out instead. What’s below is an amplified version of one of them,...

Student-Teachers and the Limits of Academic Freedom

21 November 2017

The news that this has been a slightly more abysmal year than usual for academic jobs in history has provoked a lot of justified (if impotent) outrage online. An important part of this...