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Poll: Open University conference cancelled due protest

Discussion in 'Education news' started by Vince_Ulam, Mar 22, 2019.


Should politics be allowed to dictate what may be discussed in academia?

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  1. Vince_Ulam

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    University Calls Off Conference Amid Protests From Transgender Activists

    'Threats by transgender rights activists to disrupt an academic conference on prison reform over the organizer’s allegedly “transphobic” views on how inmates should be segregated have led to its cancellation.

    More than 300 people were expected to attend a two-day conference on prison abolition in Britain at the Open University’s campus in Milton Keynes at the end of May, but delegates have been notified that the event has been called off.

    The organizers, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, an educational charity, did not explain the exact reason for the sudden cancellation to delegates, but Times Higher Education has learned that it was scrapped after activists vowed to target the event over the group’s policy that transgender prisoners should be incarcerated separately from cisgender female offenders.
    InsideHigherEd.com, 21st March 2019.

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