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Cancelled - Academic Freedom and Authoritarian Governance: Reflections on the China Quarterly Censorship Incident

Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Uris Hall, G08
Central Campus

*This event has been cancelled. The speaker is unable to visit at this time.* 

The East Asia Program and the ILR School present Tim Pringle, editor of The China Quarterly, discussing the recent incident of censorship of The China Quarterly articles. 

Academic freedom lies at the heart of good scholarship. It is not just a just a high-sounding principle, but a conduit for the practical expression of rigorous research, good writing up and  publication of the results. For scholars working in or on countries or regions under forms of authoritarian rule, the challenge of constraints on academic freedoms are myriad. For journals such as The China Quarterly that publish the outcome of such research, adherence to academic freedom is a not a complex issue: publication of submitted manuscripts is based on merit, not politics. Period. For publishing houses however, dilemmas abound as market forces, politics, access to knowledge and academic freedom configure, clash and reconfigure in often opaque political environments. In this talk, Pringle will reflect on the censorship of articles published in The China Quarterly and the challenges that lie ahead in the pursuit of contributing to new knowledge about China. 

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ILR School, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Asian Studies, East Asia Program, Global Cornell




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Contact Name

Eli Friedman

Contact Phone



Tim Pringle

Speaker Affiliation

SOAS, University of London and The China Quarterly

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