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The case of libraries
Sam Popowich

Intellectual freedom in libraries The issue of de-platforming – the denial of a real-world or virtual public venue to controversial speakers – has exposed a significant rift in the library profession. In 2019 and 2020, for example, transphobic speakers used libraries’ commitments to neutrality and intellectual freedom (the equivalent of free speech and free expression in librarianship) to disseminate views harmful to trans communities in North America. By booking rooms at public libraries these speakers leverage the trust our communities have in libraries in

in The free speech wars
How did we get here and why does it matter?

This book asks who gets to exercise free speech and who does not, and examines what happens when powerful voices think they have been silenced. It asks how the spaces and structures of 'speech' – mass media, the lecture theatre, the public event, the political rally and perhaps most frequently the internet – shape this debate. It explores the long histories of this contemporary moment, to think about how acts such as censorship, boycotts and protests around free speech developed historically and how these histories inform the present. The book first explores two opposing sides in this debate: starting with a defence of speech freedoms and examining how speech has been curbed and controlled, and countering this with an examination of the way that free speech has been weaponised and deployed as a bad faith argument by people wishing to commit harm. It then considers two key battlefields in the free speech wars: first, the university campus and secondly, the internet. This book is the first to explore this moment in the free speech wars. It hopes to equip readers to navigate this complex, highly charged topic: rather than taking a side in the debate, it encourages the reader to be suspicious – or at least sceptical – of the way that this topic is being framed and articulated in the media today. The free speech wars should act as context, provocation, stimulation and – hopefully – a route through this conflict.

Ciaran O’Neill and Mai Yatani

Cecil Thurston, and George Egerton frequently embedded their own authorial achievements or ambitions in their female (and male) characters. A common theme in such novels is the use of the metropole (usually London) as a site of greater personal liberty and freedom for young female characters. This instrumental use of the city as a site for either corporal or intellectual freedom during the ‘Irish Ireland’ or ‘Revival’ period offers us an opportunity to shift the focus away from Irish writers and their portrayal of the West of Ireland as a refuge from the horrors of

in Irish women’s writing, 1878–1922
Space, identity and power

This volume aims to disclose the political, social and cultural factors that influenced the sanitary measures against epidemics developed in the Mediterranean during the long nineteenth century. The contributions to the book provide new interdisciplinary insights to the booming field of ‘quarantine studies’ through a systematic use of the analytic categories of space, identity and power. The ultimate goal is to show the multidimensional nature of quarantine, the intimate links that sanitary administrations and institutions had with the territorial organization of states, international trade, the construction of national, colonial, religious and professional identities or the configuration of political regimes. The circum-Mediterranean geographical spread of the case studies contained in this volume illuminates the similarities and differences around and across this sea, on the southern and northern shores, in Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Italian, English and French-speaking domains. At the same time, it is highly interested in engaging in the global English-speaking community, offering a wide range of terms, sources, bibliography, interpretative tools and views produced and elaborated in various Mediterranean countries. The historical approach will be useful to recognize the secular tensions that still lie behind present-day issues such as the return of epidemics or the global flows of migrants and refugees.

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Author: John Potvin

Richly illustrated with over 110 colour and black and white images, the book productively contests the supposedly exclusive feminine aspect of the style moderne (art deco). It explores how alternative, parallel and overlapping experiences and expressions of decorative modernism, nationalism, gender and sexuality in the heady years surrounding World War I converge in the protean figure of the deco dandy. As such, the book significantly departs from and corrects the assumptions and biases that have dominated scholarship on and popular perceptions of art deco. The book outlines how designed products and representations of and for the dandy both existed within and outwith normative expectations of gender and sexuality complicating men’s relationship to consumer culture more broadly and the moderne more specifically. Through a sustained focus on the figure of the dandy, the book offers a broader view of art deco by claiming a greater place for the male body and masculinity in this history than has been given to date. The mass appeal of the dandy in the 1920s was a way to redeploy an iconic, popular and well-known typology as a means to stimulate national industries, to engender a desire for all things made in France. Important, essential and productive moments in the history of the cultural life of Paris presented in the book are instructive of the changing role performed by consumerism, masculinity, design history and national identity.

A distinctive politics?
Author: Richard Taylor

English radicalism has been a deep-rooted but minority tradition in the political culture since at least the seventeenth century. The central aim of this book is to examine, in historical and political context, a range of key events and individuals that exemplify English radicalism in the twentieth century. This analysis is preceded by defining precisely what has constituted this tradition; and by the main outline of the development of the tradition from the Civil War to the end of the nineteenth century. Three of the main currents of English radicalism in the twentieth century have been the labour movement, the women’s movement and the peace movement. These are discussed in some detail, as a framework for the detailed consideration of ten key representative figures of the tradition in the twentieth century: Bertrand Russell, Sylvia Pankhurst, Ellen Wilkinson, George Orwell, E.P. Thompson, Michael Foot, Joan Maynard, Stuart Hall, Tony Benn and Nicolas Walter. The question of ‘agency’ – of how to bring about radical change in a predominantly conservative society and culture – has been a fundamental issue for English radicals. It is argued that, in the twentieth century, many of the important achievements in progressive politics have taken place in and through extra-parliamentary movements, as well as through formal political parties and organisations – the Labour Party and other socialist organisations – and on occasion, through libertarian and anarchist politics. The final chapter considers the continuing relevance of this political tradition in the early twenty-first century, and reviews its challenges and prospects.

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Par Kumaraswami, Antoni Kapcia, and Meesha Nehru

the expected conflict between communist state and intellectual freedom (the caso Padilla (Padilla affair), or Reinaldo Arenas, most typically). Conversely, studies of modern Cuban culture have often tended to consider the Revolution’s political, economic or social transformation as a backdrop to the cultural patterns analysed, as the context for a specific development or as a restrictive environment, creating opportunities but also tensions and conflicts (see Chapter 2). In other words, rarely have such studies seen culture as central to the other transformations

in Literary culture in Cuba
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Jonathan Benthall

Union to secure a non-immigrant visa to enable Tariq Ramadan to visit the United States. The issue at stake was not evaluation of his work, but intellectual freedom, and the US government evidently decided – after reflection – that American values were robust enough to withstand Ramadan’s wish for exchanges of ideas with US citizens. In this review, I tried to elucidate Ramadan

in Islamic charities and Islamic humanism in troubled times
Victoria Stiles

and groups were quickly incorporated into the party apparatus, often as willing volunteers. On the other hand, overt, top-down methods of censorship could not have a transformative effect on reading habits without destroying this cherished impression of intellectual freedom. This is turn could risk a backlash or might have the opposite of the intended effect by drawing attention to suppressed works and ideas. Maintaining and feeding the idea that Germany was still an intellectual powerhouse, feeding the curiosity of discerning readers, also had its uses as a

in The free speech wars