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

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Uris Hall, G08
Central Campus

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

Lecture given by Tim Pringle, Senior lecturer at SOAS, University of London, Editor of China Quarterly

Abstract:

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, I 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.

Event Type

Lecture

Departments

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

Tags

chinacal

Website

https://eap.einaudi.cornell.edu/

Contact E-Mail

cueap@cornell.edu

Contact Name

East Asia Program

Contact Phone

(607) 255-6222

Speaker

Tim Pringle

Speaker Affiliation

University of London

Dept. Web Site

https://eap.einaudi.cornell.edu/

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