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$11,253
pledged of $5,800pledged of $5,800 goal
261
backers
70hours to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, October 26 2018 3:10 AM UTC +00:00.

About

PREVIEW: Click here to sample the Audio File of Session 2!

Sample what we're making! This is the complete audio of our panel on "What are Censorship's Real Historical Consequences" featuring Gehnwa Hayek (censorship of comics in contemporary Lebanon), James Larue (American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom), Mary Anne Monharaj (literary consequences of colonialism in Sri Lanka), Anthony Grafton (censorship of Renaissance books & Jewish books), plus co-organizers Cory Doctorow, Adrian Johns, and Ada Palmer. The video is still being processed but we're delighted to share the audio in this preview form to give you a first taste! You can also click here to listen to our introductory session with the three organizers.

NOW: Stretch Goal #5 at $13,000: Image Licensing Funds

One challenge we face in preparing the illustrated history, which will be one of the most important long-term outcomes of this project, is the cost of licensing copyrighted images. While academic libraries are providing our images of pre-20th century materials, if we want to include more recent works (from World War II, the Cold War, modern China, the digital revolution) we need to pay licensing fees, usually $250+ per image. And clearing copyright takes considerable time and effort. Publishers are hesitant to cover these costs, so we are much more likely to secure a good publisher (and a nice low cover price) if we can clear as many images as possible in advance.  Thus, as stretch goal five, we hope to raise $2,000 toward the costs of  image permissions, both for licensing fees and hiring staff to handle the process. This will accelerate the publication process and lower the ultimate cost of the book, making it easier for all to access.

  • ACHIEVED: Stretch Goal #1 at $7,300: Pay the Actors! 
  • ACHIEVED: Stretch Goal #2 at $8,300: Hire a Sound Technician
  • ACHIEVED: Stretch Goal #3 at $9,800: Make Best-of Videos
  • ACHIEVED: Stretch Goal #4 at $11,000: Audio Streaming/Podcast

We're putting on a lecture & discussion series, it's mostly funded, but we need a little extra to cover video recording costs, so we can make both the lectures and videos be free and open for all comers. Plus we have some plans to keep the project going...

We are a team of three specialists who study information: 

  •  Cory Doctorow: novelist, blogger, digital information expert, information freedom activist
  •  Adrian Johns: historian of science specializing in printing and information piracy, from the birth of copyright to the digital age
  •  Ada Palmer: novelist, blogger, historian of the Inquisition and censorship of radical ideas, from magic to atomic theory to atheism

Together, we want to create and share with the public a set of eight filmed discussions which will help people understand the new forms of censorship and information control that are developing as a result of the digital revolution.  We've assembled a team of twenty-six experts on censorship and information control.  Some are scholars of earlier information revolutions, from the printing press to radio and the copy machine.  The others are participants in the digital revolution: journalists, editors, publishers, authors, activists, and more.  Together, we want to use historical knowledge to help understand new forms of censorship that are developing today.

We want to create:

  • A series of eight filmed conversations about censorship and information control, putting scholars of past information revolutions in dialogue with those who work on today's revolution. These videos will be made available to the public online, for everyone.
  • A museum exhibit, examining the history of censorship from antiquity to the present, focusing on the Inquisition, the legacy of Orwell's 1984, and how the real activities of censors past and present differ from the way we tend to imagine them.
  • A printed catalog of the exhibit, with images and descriptions of objects that help us understand censorship's long history, from theology books hand-censored by inquisitors to atomic research silenced during the Cold War.
  • A book of essays written by the participants based on our shared discoveries.
  • More publications, print and online, if we can muster resources to keep the project going.

Click here for a sample, the preview Audio File of our second session, discussing "Censorship's Real Historical Consequences."

From our week 3 discussion of "The Extreme Edges of Free Speech," left to right: Ada Palmer (Inquisition, censorship of radical ideas), Adrian Johns (early print history, history of science), David Copeland (origins of free speech debate), Kathleen Belew (hate groups & hate speech), Cory Doctorow (digital information freedom), Kate Klonick (internet law)
From our week 3 discussion of "The Extreme Edges of Free Speech," left to right: Ada Palmer (Inquisition, censorship of radical ideas), Adrian Johns (early print history, history of science), David Copeland (origins of free speech debate), Kathleen Belew (hate groups & hate speech), Cory Doctorow (digital information freedom), Kate Klonick (internet law)
From our exhibit: three books which forever changed censorship: the Catholic Index of Banned Books which for four centuries spearheaded the mass regulation of information, Milton's Areopagitica which fired free press debates during the birth of copyright, and Orwell's 1984 which saturates how we think about censorship today.
From our exhibit: three books which forever changed censorship: the Catholic Index of Banned Books which for four centuries spearheaded the mass regulation of information, Milton's Areopagitica which fired free press debates during the birth of copyright, and Orwell's 1984 which saturates how we think about censorship today.

The Big Question: Censorship and Information Control Today

The digital revolution is triggering a wave of new information control efforts, from monopolistic patent laws to the Great Firewall of China. Some are conspicuous, as with the deletion of archives or arrests of authors, others subtle, as in the fine print terms of service contracts which accompany the software downloads that saturate our lives. Around the world creators, corporations, and governments are racing to improvise ways to track, control, and monetize the new movement of information. But we don't need to grope in the dark, since this is not the first time a new information technology has triggered a wave of new information control.  The print revolution after 1450 triggered a similar process, and many of today’s attempts to police and own information closely parallel early responses to the printing press or other earlier information technologies. In the case of the printing press we have centuries of data about what impact different policies had on economies, artists, readers, and publishers, which policies made print capitals thrive and which made them stagnate.  By tapping this historical information, and data from other past information revolutions, we can help predict the likely consequences of similar policies people are proposing today, and help us all shape our decisions--whether as creators, leaders, legislators, or consumers--in ways that will help us make the digital world a fertile space for creativity and innovation.  Learn more on the project website, or below.

From our exhibit: an inquisitor's marks on the title page of a 16th century encyclopedia, certifying that it has been expurgated as the Inquisition required.
From our exhibit: an inquisitor's marks on the title page of a 16th century encyclopedia, certifying that it has been expurgated as the Inquisition required.

Topics of the Eight Sessions:

SESSION 1: Introduction, Censorship & Information Control During Information Revolutions

Our three co-organizers kick off the series.  Are there patterns in how revolutions in information technology stimulate new forms of information control? What can earlier information revolutions teach us about the digital revolution? How do real historical cases of censorship tend to differ from the centralized, well-planned censorship that Orwell’s 1984 teaches us to expect?  How can forms of information control which were not intended as censorship have similar consequences to censorship, with or without human agency?

Ada Palmer and Adrian Johns will participate in all sessions, Cory Doctorow in several.

Click here to preview the complete Audio File of this intro session.

SESSION 2: What Are Censorship’s Historical Consequences?

Censorship’s attempts to destroy a book, strengthen a regime, or silence a movement often fail in those direct objectives but have other profound effects on literature, culture, language, even identity. This week we set aside dystopian stereotypes to examine the real cultural effects of attempts at censorship, comparing the cases of post-colonial Sri Lanka, contemporary Lebanon, Jews in pre-modern Europe, the Inquisition, and the modern USA.

Guests:

  • Antony Grafton (Renaissance & early modern book history)
  • Gehnwa Hayek (censorship of comics in contemporary Lebanon)
  • James Larue (American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom)
  • Mary Anne Monharaj (literary consequences of colonialism in Sri Lanka)
  • Cory Doctorow in person.

Click here to preview the complete Audio File of this 2nd session.

SESSION 3: Theory and Practice of Freedom of Expression

One of the thorniest faces of free speech debate is the tension between free expression as an abstract principle and kinds of speech that harm, such as hate speech, incitements to violence, or uses of information which can cause economic damage or threaten security or privacy. And technologies change how information can move, and harm. This week we put a historian of the earliest post-printing-press debates over free speech in dialog with a historian of the information practices of hate groups in America.

Guests:

  • Kathleen Belew (use of technologies by modern US hate groups)
  • David Copeland (history and origins of free speech debates)
  •  Kickstarter-Funded Extra Guest (THANK YOU!): Kate Klonick (internet law)

SESSION 4: News, Politics and the Ownership of Information

New news media have been a hot topic in political analysis the past few years.  This week we compare current news media’s growing pains to how news platforms and networks also transformed radically in the first centuries of print’s dissemination, especially the human social networks and agencies which strove to disseminate, control, and monetize news.

Guests:

  • Will Slauter (news in the early print period)
  • Siva Vaidhyanathan (digital media & social networks)

SESSION 5: Data About Data Suppression

Evaluating the censorship practices of governments and other powerful organizations often faces the challenge that the censoring bodies themselves control the production and circulation of documents. We examine the documentary practices of censoring powers, by putting an expert on the institutional and administrative history of the Inquisition in dialogue with a specialist in contemporary government redaction, to compare the kinds of evidence interrogations generate, and how we can attempt to access the real activities of those censors who are protected by state backing.

Guests:

  • Nicholas Davidson (Inquisition trials)
  • Joshua Craze (contemporary state document redaction, Guantanamo Bay & other cases)

SESSION 6: Changes in Media Technology Small and Large

Practicalities of how creative works circulate—physical size, the cost of a copy, which venues can or will stock them, how they reach audiences—can exert enormous control over works, creators, and publishers, with effects similar to censorship even if no one intends it. And they can also be exploited to act as intentional censorship. This week’s experts discuss the impact of successive small innovations in media technology on book publication, comic books, and music.

Guests:

  • Charles Brownstein & Ted Adams (Comic Book Legal Defense Fund)
  • Patrick & Teresa Nielsen Hayden (editors & publishers, Tor Books, Macmillan)
  • Aram Seinrich (digital music, piracy)

SESSION 7: Policing Performance

Performers and an audience—in a way, theatrical performance is a technology whose fundamentals have not changed since antiquity. This week we explore the history of theater censorship, using it as a contrast case to ask how information technologies have—or haven’t—affected a medium which seems so unchanging.

Guests:

  • Brice Stratford & the Droll Players (performing banned 17th century plays)
  • Stephen Nicholson (UK theater censorship)
  • Elsa Sjunneson-Henry (burlesque performance)

As a special event, to go with this session, the Owle Schreame Theatre Company will perform banned 17th century Droll plays for us, and we will film one to share with the series! Six actors are trekking from the UK for this out of the kindness of their hearts, so we are delighted that we WE HAVE ACHIEVED STRETCH GOAL #1: Pay the Actors! 

A Droll play in action, crude and energetic, to please clandestine crowds!
A Droll play in action, crude and energetic, to please clandestine crowds!

SESSION 8: Controlling Readers, Policing Reception

Much discussion of censorship and information control focuses on creators, so we will wrap up by examining how they affect readers, often by curating access, creating concentric categories of people who are permitted access to different materials. Social status, ethnicity, religion, language group, political affiliation, age: in this two-day event (day 2 enabled by Kickstarter Funding!) creators and scholars specializing in six different regions of the world will discuss how information control systems from the Inquisition to the Great Firewall of China have categorized and policed readers.

  • Kyeong-Hee Choi (colonial censorship in occupied Korea under Japanese rule)
  • Wendy Doniger (author of a book censored in India)
  • Alan Charles Kors (Enlightenment censorship & book regulation, free speech on College Campuses)
  • Hannah Marcus (Inquisition licensing process, history of science)
  • Stuart McManus (Iberian empires, Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions)
  • Glenn Tiffert (contemporary China, internet censorship)

You can read more about our amazing participants on our project website.

From our exhibit: Censorship from the beginning to the present. Left: our oldest recorded case of censorship, a papyrus leaf of Homer's Iliad, which Plato advocates censoring in the Republic because of its depictions of the gods. Right: one of the most recent chapters in censorship history, a comic book (manga) protesting new censorship regulations passed by the city of Tokyo in 2011.
From our exhibit: Censorship from the beginning to the present. Left: our oldest recorded case of censorship, a papyrus leaf of Homer's Iliad, which Plato advocates censoring in the Republic because of its depictions of the gods. Right: one of the most recent chapters in censorship history, a comic book (manga) protesting new censorship regulations passed by the city of Tokyo in 2011.

The Exhibit:

Curated by Ada Palmer and hosted at the University of Chicago Special Collections Research Library, our exhibit traces censorship from antiquity to our digital age, showing how information control has worked, thrived, or failed, and how real censorship movements tend to be very different from the centralized, methodical censorship depicted in Orwell’s 1984.  From indexes of forbidden books to the subtle censorship of teaching biased histories, the materials on display chronicle censorship's 2,500 year history, exploring movements from the Inquisition to the Cold War to contemporary challenges in schools and libraries.  A team of more than thirty student researchers worked with Ada Palmer to select and analyze materials from around the world.

Condemned books hand-expurgated by Inquisitors, with blacked-out text & cut-out pages.
Condemned books hand-expurgated by Inquisitors, with blacked-out text & cut-out pages.

Sections of the exhibit:

  •  Expectations and Realities: How does real historical censorship differ from what Orwell's 1984 teaches us to expect?
  •  How do YOU define censorship?: Edge cases that help us find the blurry edges of our own ideas about what is and isn't censorship.
  •  The Plural Inquisitions: The Inquisition was actually an enormous and complicated set of overlapping systems with evolving goals and conflicting authorities.
  •  Censorship in Translation: From banning languages to hiding resistance inside other authors' words, translation has long been a tool of censorship, and a defense against it.
  •  Fake News is Not New!: The history of Fake News; from Shakespeare to the World Wars, sorting truth from falsehood in journalism has been a key a frontier of information control.
  •  Comic Book Censorship: Graphic stories are frequent targets of censorship, because of their visual format, political power, and association with children.
  •  Censorship of the Classics: From bans to bowdlerizations, the treasures of ancient literature have faced every phase of Western censorship.
  •  Toxic Ideas: Hobbes, Luther, Spinoza, Marx, Darwin; we explore how people and states respond to explosive new ideas that challenge existing worldviews.
  •  The Rocky Birth of Copyright Law: The laws which govern intellectual property today accumulated over time, shaped by many different groups and interests.
  •  Censor's Desk: What did it feel like to be a professional censor? Sit down at our Censor's Desk and try your hand at expurgating by Inquisition guidelines, or redacting government documents.
  •  Banned Bookcase Tour of the Continents: An open stacks section where you can touch and examine books and materials banned or challenged in every inhabited continent.
Our case "Fake News is Not New" showcasing materials from Shakespeare to today.
Our case "Fake News is Not New" showcasing materials from Shakespeare to today.
Left: our "Banned Bookcase Tour of the Continents." Right: our "Censor's Desk."
Left: our "Banned Bookcase Tour of the Continents." Right: our "Censor's Desk."

In addition to the exhibit cases, the posters also showcase fresh research on:

  •  The History of Book Burning: From our earliest records to the 2000s.
  •  Internet Censorship: New information control challenges of the digital age.
  •  The Great Firewall of China: How the first semi-automated censorship system is moving the power to silence out of human hands.
  •  Censorship in the Soviet Union: What does it mean for censorship to "succeed" or "fail" in a case like the USSR's enormous effort to control culture and expression?
  •  Censorship in New Zealand: What censorship looks like in a culture very similar to the USA but without the First Amendment.
  •  The Great Fig-Leafing: From altering paintings to covering statues, various responses to the nude in art track cultures' comfort and discomfort with the body's many meanings.
  •  Art Censorship in Chicago: How art's power to provoke brings free speech challenges to every community.

The exhibit catalog includes more than 200 full-color images and details on all the exhibit materials, so you can take the experience home with you.

 Curious? Learn more about the exhibit here. 

From our Brief History of Book Burning: destroying books has a very different meaning now that a book costs an hour's wages compared to what it meant when one Medieval manuscript could cost as much as a house.
From our Brief History of Book Burning: destroying books has a very different meaning now that a book costs an hour's wages compared to what it meant when one Medieval manuscript could cost as much as a house.

Our Funding Needs:

This project is half scholarly and half public, so we have some grant funds for it, and are turning to you to help fill in the rest.  Our current support comes from the University of Chicago, especially the university's Institute on the Formation of Knowledge, and from the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society. They are covering a lot: the exhibit costs, the venue, travel for participants, administrative support, and some editorial help.

What still needs to be funded?

  •  Videography, to put the discussions permanently online for everyone to access.
  •  Closed captioning, to make the videos accessible for those with disabilities and for international audiences for whom reading English can be easier than parsing speech. We want to make these videos accessible worldwide, so they can be a resource for people everywhere, especially those far from libraries and traditional sources.
  •  Printing the catalog, to create a permanent version of our exhibit on the history of censorship, and make it available to people who can't come to Chicago in person.
  •  Outreach, to make sure these resources (and access to them) are disseminated as widely as possible, so many people can make use of them.
  •  Keeping it going! After these dialogs we want to produce a book of essays by the participants, a book on "Why People Censor" based on our research, more web content based on our exhibit, and hopefully further projects, but we need to hire help with editing and administration to keep things going.

With your help we can share this resource with everyone around the world, and make a real impact on our global struggles with censorship and information control in the digital age.

Keep up with the project and learn about the organizers, participants, and exhibit at our project website.

From our exhibit: World War II era report outlining a framework for how the American press should self-censor to strengthen government and society,
From our exhibit: World War II era report outlining a framework for how the American press should self-censor to strengthen government and society,

The Rewards:

We want to share this project with everyone, so the videos and other major fruits of our collaboration will be shared with everyone, but we have some ways to thank our supporters:

  • The exhibit catalog, a digital or physical copy, packed with color images, sent to you so you can see and explore relics of many major moments in censorship history.
  • Materials from our Censor's Desk, so you can experience what it feels like hand censoring a document, like an Inquisitor or a government redactor.
  • Banned Bookmarks from our Banned Bookcase Tour of the Continents, with tidbits of research about works banned or challenged on the continent of your choice.
  • Autographed copies of the exhibit catalog, or the co-organizers books.
  • A chance to submit a question for discussion in the sessions.
  • A chance to chat one-on one about the topic with one of the organizers or participants.
  • Thanks in our digital catalog, and future related publications.

ADD-ON OPTION: Pledge $20 extra to get a 2nd print catalog

Want to share the project with a friend? If you've already pledged at a level with physical shipping, simply add an additional $20 (no extra shipping cost) and we'll include an additional print catalog.  If you're getting a digital-only level but want to add a print catalog, you can add it on for $25 USD, $30 Canadian, or $40 for the rest of the world.

But above all, THANK YOU for helping to make it possible for us to share this work with each other and the world. We believe this work  has a chance to powerfully affect how people talk and think about censorship in the digital age, but we can't share it without your support!

Left to right: Ada Palmer, Adrian Johns, David Copeland, Kathleen Belew, Cory Doctorow, Kate Klonick
Left to right: Ada Palmer, Adrian Johns, David Copeland, Kathleen Belew, Cory Doctorow, Kate Klonick

Stretch Goal Progress:

We're overjoyed to have hit our funding goal so quickly. Like many such projects we cut a lot of corners in the early stages, to make certain we would be able to do something, but thanks to backers' ongoing support we are now able to go back and do a better job with many things. To start with, we can now have full color for our catalog instead of part color and part black-and-white, but here are other improvements your support has made possible:

  • ACHIEVED: Stretch Goal #1 at $7,300: Pay the Actors! 

The Owle Schreame Players agreed to trek from the UK to Chicago unpaid to perform for us purely out of their devotion to spreading the word about theatre censorship, but we're delighted that Kickstarter funding will let us pay each actor $250, a small but invaluable thank-you for their work.

  • ACHIEVED: Stretch Goal #2 at $8,300: Hire a Sound Technician

At first we could only afford one A/V person, to run the video cameras, but now we can hire a sound tech attend the sessions and help run the sound board to make sure we catch the audio. This proved invaluable during session 3, and let us solve big mic error!

  • ACHIEVED: Stretch Goal #3 at $9,800: Make Best-of Videos

Not everyone has time for a three-hour video session, but now we can hire our videographer to make some shorter clip best-of segments accessible to all.

  • ACHIEVED: Stretch Goal #4 at $11,000: Audio Streaming/Podcast

To hire a sound editor to clean and transform the extracted audio and set it up to stream online as a public podcast.

  • CURRENTLY UNDERWAY: Stretch Goal #5 at $13,000: Securing Image Permissions

To make a start on licensing in-copyright images for publication in the illustrated book, which will speed up publication, and lower the eventual cover price.

Risks and challenges

The most important risk is the possibility that something could go wrong with the filming process, so we might lose a chance to capture one of the sessions. For that reason we want to make sure we hire a very professional video crew (not just a student volunteer with a smart phone), and that we have a backup audio recording system in place.

We also want to publicize the videos as much as possible, to make sure they reach the right audiences. We are working with the university, and Cory Doctorow and Ada Palmer are working with their web resources and their contacts in the publishing and F&SF worlds, but we want to use some of these resources to help reach out more, especially to schools, and to international venues.

Other than that, the biggest challenge was assembling our team and figuring out a schedule which could accommodate everyone, and we are proud to say we managed it... but it was a very exhausting process, so we are looking forward to having the funds to hire some help for the next phases.

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    The digital-only package plus your name REDACTED: includes the downloadable PDF catalog, PDFs of the Censor's Desk documents and of the full set of all the Banned Bookmarks (all continents + Core), plus thanks on the website, and part of your name redacted when you are thanked in the digital catalog. NO SHIPPING COST.

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    • Thanks on the Project Website
    • Downloadable PDF of our History of Censorship exhibit catalog
    • Thanks in the Digital Catalog (& future publication(s))
    • Your Name REDACTED in the Digital Thanks (if you want)
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    • DIGITAL full set of all the Banned Bookmarks (PDFs)
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    Autographed Printed Exhibit Catalog

    Your copy of the exhibit catalog will be autographed by project organizers Cory Doctorow, Adrian Johns, And Ada Palmer.

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    • Thanks on the Project Website
    • Downloadable PDF of our History of Censorship exhibit catalog
    • Thanks in the Digital Catalog (& future publication(s))
    • Your Name REDACTED in the Digital Thanks (if you want)
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    Personalized Autographed Doctorow Novel

    In addition to the autographed print catalog, you will receive a personalized autographed copy of one of Cory Doctorow's novels. (You will be invited to suggest which novel/edition you prefer to receive, subject to availability.)

    Includes:
    • Thanks on the Project Website
    • Downloadable PDF of our History of Censorship exhibit catalog
    • Thanks in the Digital Catalog (& future publication(s))
    • Your Name REDACTED in the Digital Thanks (if you want)
    • Autographed Print Catalog
    • Autographed Cory Doctorow Novel
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    Personalized Autographed Palmer Novel

    In addition to the autographed print catalog, you will receive a personalized autographed copy of one of Ada Palmer's novels (or, if you prefer, one of her CDs, DVDs, or academic book. You will be invited to suggest which novel/edition you prefer, subject to availability.)

    Includes:
    • Thanks on the Project Website
    • Downloadable PDF of our History of Censorship exhibit catalog
    • Thanks in the Digital Catalog (& future publication(s))
    • Your Name REDACTED in the Digital Thanks (if you want)
    • Autographed Print Catalog
    • Autographed Ada Palmer Novel
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    All the Banned Bookmarks + Autograph

    Receive the full set of all 70 banned bookmarks, covering North and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia/Oceania, and the University of Chicago Core, plus an autographed copy of the exhibit catalog. (You may choose to receive the bookmarks digitally if you prefer.)

    Includes:
    • Thanks on the Project Website
    • Downloadable PDF of our History of Censorship exhibit catalog
    • Thanks in the Digital Catalog (& future publication(s))
    • Your Name REDACTED in the Digital Thanks (if you want)
    • Autographed Print Catalog
    • Censor's Desk documents for expurgating
    • All the Banned Bookmarks!
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    Submit a Question to the Seminar

    Suggest a question related to the issue of how information technologies affect censorship and information control. We will bring up the question with our visiting experts, and either discuss it live in one of the filmed dialogs or discuss it in a breakout session and send you our comments.

    Includes:
    • Thanks on the Project Website
    • Downloadable PDF of our History of Censorship exhibit catalog
    • Thanks in the Digital Catalog (& future publication(s))
    • Your Name REDACTED in the Digital Thanks (if you want)
    • Submit a Question for Discussion by Project Participants
    • Autographed Print Catalog
    • Censor's Desk documents for expurgating
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    Ask a Question + Full Digital

    Ask a question of the participants, and receive (instead of the printed catalog) the full digital package including the digital catalog, digital censor's desk materials, digital versions of all the banned bookmarks, digital thanks etc. NO SHIPPING COST.

    Includes:
    • Thanks on the Project Website
    • Downloadable PDF of our History of Censorship exhibit catalog
    • Thanks in the Digital Catalog (& future publication(s))
    • Your Name REDACTED in the Digital Thanks (if you want)
    • Submit a Question for Discussion by Project Participants
    • DIGITAL Censor's Desk Documents
    • DIGITAL full set of all the Banned Bookmarks (PDFs)
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    All Three Organizers' Books

    Personalized autographed copies of books by all three of the project organizers: Cory Doctorow, Ada Palmer, plus Adrian Johns's book on the history of piracy.

    Includes:
    • Thanks on the Project Website
    • Censor's Desk documents for expurgating
    • Autographed Adrian Johns nonfiction book
    • Autographed Ada Palmer Novel
    • Autographed Cory Doctorow Novel
    • Autographed Print Catalog
    • Your Name REDACTED in the Digital Thanks (if you want)
    • Thanks in the Digital Catalog (& future publication(s))
    • Downloadable PDF of our History of Censorship exhibit catalog
    • Ten Banned Bookmarks (choose a continent or Core)
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    Chat with Ada Palmer

    Discuss the project and your questions about the topic directly with co-organizer Ada Palmer, in a one hour conversation by video chat or phone.

    Includes:
    • Thanks on the Project Website
    • Downloadable PDF of our History of Censorship exhibit catalog
    • Thanks in the Digital Catalog (& future publication(s))
    • Your Name REDACTED in the Digital Thanks (if you want)
    • Autographed Print Catalog
    • Video/phone chat discussion with Ada Palmer
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    Chat with Cory Doctorow

    Discuss the project and your questions about the topic directly with co-organizer Cory Doctorow, in a one hour conversation by video chat or phone.

    Includes:
    • Thanks on the Project Website
    • Downloadable PDF of our History of Censorship exhibit catalog
    • Thanks in the Digital Catalog (& future publication(s))
    • Your Name REDACTED in the Digital Thanks (if you want)
    • Autographed Print Catalog
    • Censor's Desk documents for expurgating
    • Video/phone chat discussion with Cory Doctorow
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    Chat with Charles Brownstein

    Discuss the project in a one hour conversation by video chat or phone, with participant Charles Brownstein, Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, president of the Freedom to Read Foundation, and chair of the Banned Books Week Coalition.

    Includes:
    • Thanks on the Project Website
    • Downloadable PDF of our History of Censorship exhibit catalog
    • Thanks in the Digital Catalog (& future publication(s))
    • Your Name REDACTED in the Digital Thanks (if you want)
    • Autographed Print Catalog
    • Censor's Desk documents for expurgating
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    Chat with Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

    Discuss the project in a one hour conversation by video chat or phone, with participant Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, a deafblind speculative fiction writer, editor, authority on Burlesque theater, and managing editor of Fireside Magazine.

    Includes:
    • Thanks on the Project Website
    • Downloadable PDF of our History of Censorship exhibit catalog
    • Thanks in the Digital Catalog (& future publication(s))
    • Your Name REDACTED in the Digital Thanks (if you want)
    • Autographed Print Catalog
    • Censor's Desk documents for expurgating
    • Video/phone chat discussion with Elsa Sjunneson-Henry
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    Chat with Hannah Marcus

    Discuss the project and your questions about the topic with Hannah Marcus, a Historian of Science at Harvard University and a specialist in the Inquisition's licensing of medical books, in a one hour conversation by video chat or phone.

    Includes:
    • Thanks on the Project Website
    • Downloadable PDF of our History of Censorship exhibit catalog
    • Thanks in the Digital Catalog (& future publication(s))
    • Your Name REDACTED in the Digital Thanks (if you want)
    • Autographed Print Catalog
    • Censor's Desk documents for expurgating
    • Video/phone chat discussion with Hannah Marcus
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    Curator's Personal Gallery Tour

    A one-hour personal tour of our museum exhibit on the History of Censorship and Information Control, guided by curator Ada Palmer. You can either come in person to the museum space on the University of Chicago campus during the exhibit's opening hours, or take a video-chat tour via webcam. May be done for individuals or small groups. Must be done before the exhibit closes December 14. (NOTE: the exhibit contains 18+ material).

    Includes:
    • Thanks on the Project Website
    • Downloadable PDF of our History of Censorship exhibit catalog
    • Thanks in the Digital Catalog (& future publication(s))
    • Your Name REDACTED in the Digital Thanks (if you want)
    • Autographed Print Catalog
    • Censor's Desk documents for expurgating
    • Curator's exhibit tour (in person or by phone-cam)
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