Senate House recently hosted a multi-disciplinary conference exploring the role libraries have played in restricting access to published works and archival materials deemed ‘erotic’. In this post, research librarian Richard Espley reflects on the irreconcilable demands often placed on libraries. During the recent Forbidden Access conference organised by the Institute of English Studies, libraries were portrayed… Continue reading What should be seen in a Library?
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… Continue reading #PoTW – Censorship: Case Studies and Conflicting Interpretations