Feb 08, 2017
By Michael Kramer
Canadian academics are in the thick of a global movement to protest the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump – by boycotting academic conferences hosted on American soil.
Hundreds of professors at universities across the country have joined more than 6,200 academics around the world – who have pledged to stay away from international conferences held in America.
And some Canadian groups have rescheduled previously booked conferences – or broken ranks with their U.S. counterparts – who discourage such boycotts.
The decisions by most academics were prompted by Trump’s executive order temporarily banning travellers from seven predominantly Muslim countries – from entering the United States.
They say the executive order – which has been stayed temporarily by American courts – puts intellectual freedom at risk – by silencing the voices of those who cannot enter the country.
And they say excluding some of their Muslim colleagues compromises the intellectual integrity of academic discourse – and the ban helps entrench racism.