Censorship and Information Control during Information Revolutions

Fridays, 1:30–4:20 PM

Kent Chemical Laboratory
Room 107
1020 E. 58th Street

The autumn dialogue brings together scholars of print revolutions past and present with practitioners working on the frontiers of today's information revolution. These dialogues are not formal panels with presented papers, but free-form discussions in which experts bounce ideas off each other, discovering rich parallels between their work and sharing them in real time. The eight dialogues will unite historians, editors, novelists, poets, and activists. They will be filmed and shared online to let the public enjoy and continue the discussions.

The organizers, Cory Doctorow, Adrian Johns, and Ada Palmer, will participate in all discussions.

October 5: Introduction

Adrian Johns (University of Chicago): Printing press, copyright, radio, piracy
Ada Palmer (University of Chicago): Inquisition, radical thought, comic book censorship
Cory Doctorow: (Electronic Frontier Foundation): Digital information policy

October 12: What Are Censorship’s Historical Consequences?

Anthony Grafton (Princeton University): Renaissance censorship of Jewish books
Gehnwa Hayek (University of Chicago): Comics censorship in contemporary Lebanon
James Larue (American Library Association): Office of Intellectual Freedom
Mary Anne Mohanraj (University of Illinois at Chicago): Literary consequences of colonialism in Sri Lanka

October  19: Theory and Practice of Freedom of Expression

Kathleen Belew (University of Chicago): Hate groups’ use of information technologies
David Copeland (Elon University): History of free speech debates
Kate Klonick (St. John’s University Law School): Internet law

October 26: News, Politics, and the Ownership of Information

Will Slauter (University of Paris Diderot): News in the early print period
Siva Vaidhyanathan (University of Virginia): Digital media and social networks

November 2: Data About Data Suppression

Nicholas Davidson (University of Oxford): Inquisition trials
Joshua Craze: Contemporary state document redaction, Guantanamo Bay, and other cases

November 9: Changes in Media Technology Small and Large

Charles Brownstein and Ted Adams (Comic Book Legal Defense Fund)
Patrick Nielsen Haydenand and Teresa Nielsen Hayden (Tor Books)
Aram Sinnreich (American University): Digital music, piracy

November 16: Policing Performance

Brice Stratford and the Droll Players on performing banned seventeenth-century plays
Steve Nicholson (University of Sheffield): UK theater censorship
Elsa Sjunneson-Henry (Feminist Sonar): Burlesque performance
Cory Doctorow  (Electronic Frontier Foundation): Digital information policy

November 30 and December 1: Controlling Readers, Policing Reception

Kyeong-Hee Choi (University of Chicago): Colonial censorship in occupied Korea under Japanese rule
Wendy Doniger (University of Chicago): Author of a book censored in India
Alan Charles Kors (University of Pennsylvania): Enlightenment censorship, book regulation, and  free speech on college campuses
Hannah Marcus (Harvard University): Inquisition licensing process, history of science
Stuart McManus (Chinese University of Hong Kong): Iberian empires, Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions
Glenn Tiffert (Hoover Institute): Contemporary China, Internet censorship
Cory Doctorow  (Electronic Frontier Foundation): Digital information policy

Supported by the Censorship, Information Control, and Information Revolutions from Printing Press to Internet research project
Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society