Café Culture North East presents "The Free Speech Wars": Charlotte Lydia Riley in conversation with Gabriel Moshenska. Part of our Café Politique programme.
Who gets to exercise free speech and who does not? What happens when powerful voices think they have been silenced? Why do some issues become sites of free speech battles and what are the consequences of this? How do the spaces and structures of “speech” – mass media, the internet, the lecture theatre, the public event, the political rally – shape this debate? This conversation between historian and (editor of The Free Speech Wars) Charlotte Lydia Riley and archaeologist Gabriel Moshenska will explore the some of the debates over free speech, with a particular focus on free speech within universities, exploring why campuses have become such a site for free speech controversy in the British media.
Charlotte Lydia Riley is a Lecturer in twentieth-century British history at the University of Southampton. She is editor of The Free Speech Wars, a collection of essays from commentators, activists, and academics that will be published in November, and she is also writing a book, Imperial Island, which traces the ways that empire and decolonisation have left their mark on British history, society, politics and culture, and shaped the lives of ordinary people. @lottelydia
Gabriel Moshenska is Associate Professor in Public Archaeology at UCL Institute of Archaeology. His research interests range widely across archaeology, anthropology, history, heritage and memory studies. gabrielmoshenska.com / @GabeMoshenska
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