Academic Censorship Under State Socialism and Intellectual Communication: Post-Academic Writing

Montag, 12. Dezember 2022, 16.00 Uhr
IKM, großer Seminarraum (AW E0101)

mdw – Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien
Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Wien

Vortrag von Libora Oates-Indruchová, Professorin für Gender Studies, Universität Graz

Wir freuen uns sehr darauf, Professorin Libora Oates-Indruchová als Referentin im Forschungskolloquium des IKM begrüßen zu dürfen. Libora Oates-Indruchová wird über Zensur in der Wissenschaft in Osteuropa während der Zeit des Staatssozialismus sprechen. Ihr Vortrag konzentriert sich insbesondere darauf, wie wissenschaftliche Autor:innen verschiedene Ebenen der Zensur wahrnahmen und darauf reagierten und wie sie mit Leser:innen in der intellektuellen Kommunikation unter staatssozialistischer Zensur interagierten. Diese Veranstaltung bietet einen Diskussionsort für sozial- und geisteswissenschaftliche Forscherinnen und Forscher, die sich für akademische Institutionen unter dem Staatssozialismus und die intellektuelle Entwicklung in Osteuropa interessieren. Junge Forscher:innen und Studierende sind besonders willkommen.

The event will be held in English (presentation) and English-German (Discussions).

Focus of the talk
Libora Oates-Indruchová presents her extant research on censorship in academia in the Eastern Bloc.

In her talk, Czechoslovakia and Hungary are the main countries of investigation but the discussions will be extended to the former Soviet Union and other Eastern-Central and Eastern European countries. Her research strives to disentangle complexities of writing and publishing under different levels of censorship that involve multiple actors. Through her research, she inquires and answers the following questions by using examples of scholars working in Czech Academia between 1968 and 1989:

  • What strategies did authors and also the institutions, in which the authors worked and for which they wrote, use in the process of scholarly text production?
  • How did authors perceive this process and what was the relationship of the author-scholar to his or her text and the reader?
  • How do authors now perceive the intellectual communication between authors and readers during this period?

These inquiries place the agency and negotiations of the creative actors, rather than their instrumentalization by censoring repressions of the state institutions, at the center of the investigation. In this talk, she also presents her methodological approach of gathering a larger piece of oral history interviews that constitute the backbone of censorship research, complemented by contemporary science-policy documents and the archive of the Editorial Board of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences.


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