Star Chambers, Red Star

Academic Collegiality Sir: I was fascinated to read Gregory Melleuish’s piece on the History Wars (April 2017). It took me back to an experience I had as an academic, when I published an article in the IPA Review which was critical of some theoretical approaches in health sociology (which I was then teaching). Imagine my surprise when two other staff members and the departmental head used this article to submit me to a mini Star Chamber. They handed me a three-and-a-half-page signed memorandum which defamed me so thoroughly that it practically glowed in the dark. I walked out of the…

Subscribe to get access to all online articles