The Culture War is No Sideshow; it’s a Fight for Western Civilisation – Prof. Eric Kaufmann

Of all the people claiming to wage a war on wokery, Professor Eric Kaufmann has arguably gone the furthest – by setting up an academic faculty dedicated to the pursuit.” (Telegraph)

On this week’s #NCFWhittle, Prof. Kaufmann discusses his new course: “Woke: the Origins, Dynamics and Implications of an Elite Ideology”

Following a 20-year career at London’s Birkbeck University – of which he says the past five years involved multiple ‘Twitter mobbings’ and investigations with “zero credibility” due to his views – its former head of politics last week announced the launch of the brand new Centre for Heterodox Social Science (CHSS), where freedom of expression won’t be “distorted by ideology”, as he believes is the now the case on campuses across the UK.

Based at the University of Buckingham, its first course, “Woke: the Origins, Dynamics and Implications of an Elite Ideology”, will launch as a 15-week online programme open to all in January, with a Master’s degree to follow in September. Access to the course materials will cost £80 (rising to £480 for students who want a 90-minute seminar with Prof Kaufmann), with topics to include the origins of liberalism, the rise of “cultural socialism” in the 1960s, and the “public opinion dynamics” driving groups that “support woke ideas”, such as “putting pressure on JK Rowling’s publisher to drop her”. The Master’s will focus on “the intersection between the woke left and the populist right” [charged at standard UK university fee levels]. (Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/education…)

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    Daria Oliver

    Having co-founded the Free Speech Society at the University of Buckingham in 2019 with my now husband, I was truly delighted to hear the news that Professor Kaufmann joined our University. Makes me a really proud alumnus and member of staff!

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