Axxed: Public Censorship and the Academy

Country: USA

City: Baltimore

Abstr. due: 30.09.2016

Dates: 23.03.17 — 26.03.17

Area Of Sciences: Humanities; Law; Sociology;

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Organizers: Queensborough Community College


Resistance to the censorship of speech or publications by governmental or institutional authority has long been regarded as central to the defense of academic freedom. The hypervisibility and hyperconnectivity resulting from social media and the 24-hour news cycle have made possible the suppression and/or marginalization of unpopular ideas and texts through public shaming and/or boycotting. While on the one hand, this kind of public censorship embodies the total realization of freedom of expression, at the same time, it serves to squelch unpopular ideas and texts. While many of the manifestations of this public censorship seem removed from the kinds of battles for academic freedom fought in the academy, teachers and researches may reasonably be concerned that a public increasingly comfortable censoring ideas may turn its sights on academia.

This panel invites papers that consider various forms of public censorship—internet shaming, hacktivism, venue boycotting, etc.—of unpopular ideas, and the effects these acts of censorship have—or could have—on teaching and research. Papers that examine the implications of specific instances of public censorship, that theorize public censorship, or that engage in pedagogical reflection about public censorship, or any combination thereof, are welcome.

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