Event: Seminar on the History of Libraries, University of London

Date: 8 January 2014

The next seminar in the present series held in London will take place on Wednesday 8 January, commencing at 5 p.m. in the Senate Room, Senate House (first floor), Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. If intending to attend, please send a message to IESEvents@sas.ac.uk.

Professor Robert Darnton (Director, Harvard University Library) will deliver a short talk on `Censorship: Case Studies and Conflicting Interpretations’ as an introduction to a round-table discussion.

Robert Darnton’s Panizzi lectures at the British Library will provide a detailed account of how censorship operated under three authoritarian regimes: Bourbon France in the eighteenth century, British India in the nineteenth century, and Communist East Germany in the twentieth century.  The discussion of those lectures, or at least the first two of them, in this seminar will provide an opportunity to explore the possibility of developing a general approach to the history of censorship.  Empirical case studies may provide such diverse types of evidence that generalization seems impossible, and theoretical interpretations of censorship vary from the liberal to the post-structural.  How to make sense of it all?

The Panizzi Lectures will take place on January 6, 7, and 9 in the British Library Conference Centre. Details at http://www.bl.uk/whatson/events/panizzi.html. Tickets are not necessary – first come, first served. The seminar on 8 January is intended to be a forum to discuss issues raised during the lectures.

All are welcome to the seminars, which are jointly sponsored by the Institute of English Studies, the Institute of Historical Research, and the Library & Information History Group of CILIP. Information concerning the Institute of English Studies may be found on its website, ies.sas.ac.uk, or email IESEvents@sas.ac.uk.


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