In this Section:
What Are Censorship’s Historical Consequences?
Friday, October 12
1:30 pm - 4:20 pm
Kent Chemical Laboratory, Room 107
1020 East 58th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637
This public dialogue series, supported by the Censorship, Information Control, and Information Revolutions from Printing Press to Internet research project at the Neubauer Collegium, brings together scholars of print revolutions past and present with practitioners working on the frontiers of today’s information revolution. These events will not be formal panels with presented papers, but freeform discussions in which experts bounce ideas off each other, discovering rich parallels between our work and sharing them in real time. Taking place from October through November, the eight dialogues will unite historians, editors, novelists, poets, and activists, and will be filmed and shared online, to let the public enjoy and continue the discussions. For more details on the series and related events, please visit voices.uchicago.edu/censorship.
October 12: What Are Censorship’s Historical Consequences?
Censorship’s attempts to destroy a book, strengthen a regime, or silence a movement often fail in those direct objectives but have other profound effects on literature, culture, language, even identity. This week we set aside dystopian stereotypes to examine the real cultural effects of attempts at censorship, comparing the cases of post-colonial Sri Lanka, contemporary Lebanon, Jews in pre-modern Europe, the Inquisition, and the modern USA.
Antony Grafton (Renaissance & early modern book history)
Gehnwa Hayek (censorship of comics in contemporary Lebanon)
James Larue (American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom)
Mary Anne Monharaj (literary consequences of colonialism in Sri Lanka)
Cory Doctorow in person (digital information policy)