Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Uris Hall, G08
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
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.