Rethinking Censorship: Aesthetics

The conference, 'Rethinking Censorship', is a joint venture of the Centre for Modern European Studies (http://cemes.ku dk/) and the research network Negotiating (In)visibilities ( During the two days we hope to address conceptual, historical and contemporary aspects of regulatory and structural censorship in the fields of arts, technology and law.  In particular, the conference will explore European and aesthetic aspects of censorship and new forms of censorship across the public-private divide as well as undertake related investigations of what becomes (in)visible in particular spatial and cultural settings, from the 17th century till the present.

This Conference is open to all 


Wednesday, 13 March 2013

9.00-9.15: Coffee

9.15-9.30: Introduction

9.30-10.30: Keynote

  • Lydia Goehr (Dept. Philosophy, Columbia University): Copyright, censorship, and the musical work-concept
    • Chair: Nanna Thylstrup

10.30-10.45: Coffee

10.45-11.45: Paper session I: Code is law

  • Morten Rosenmeier (Dept. Law, University of Copenhagen): Freedom of Expression and Intellectual Property Rights
  • Stina Teilmann (Dept. of Design and Communication, SDU): Purity and honesty in the world of literature, music and art’: On droit moral and free expression
    • Chair: Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen

11.45-12.00: Coffee

12.00-13.00: Paper session II: The politics and un-politics of emotions

  • Victoria Nash (Oxford Internet Institute): Active Choice or Censorship? The Un-politics of Child Protection
  • Uta Staiger (Dept. of History, University College London): Censuring Passion? Hannah Arendt on Affect and Reason in Political Action
    • Chair: Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen

13.00-14.00: Lunch

14.00-15.30 Paper session II: Emancipation and Suppression

  • Nan Gerdes (Dept. of Literature, University of Copenhagen): Daring to move forward. Marquis de Sade on the genre of the novel 
  • Klaus Krüger (Dept. of Art History, Freie Universität): Visual Structures, Authorizing Discourse and Meaning in the Italian Renaissance
  • Tue Andersen Nexø (Dept. of Literature, SDU): Censorship or chaos? Breakdown of censorship in England, 1641-1649
    • Chair: Anne Fastrup

15.30–16.30: Keynote:

  • Jonathan Katz: False Accommodation (Dept. of Art History, Buffalo University)
    • Chair: Henrik Reeh

17.00-18.00: Excursion:

  • Anders Toftgaard (Dept. of Manuscripts and Rare Books): The ‘Hidden’ Archive at the Royal Library of Copenhagen. Naturalia non sunt turpia

18.30: Runa A. Sandvik (TOR project): Censorship: not just in China

and Dinner at Il Buco

Thursday, 14 March

9.00-10.00 Keynote:

  • Alexander Galloway (Dept. of Media and Communication, NYU): The Black Box
    • Chair: Mikkel Bolt

10.00-10.30: Coffee

10.30-12.00: Paper session IV: Algorithms: authority and control 

  • Taina Bucher (Dept. of Media and Communication, University of Oslo): Algorithmic power and the threat of invisibility on Facebook
  • Anders Søgaard (Dept. of Cognitive Linguistics, University of Copenhagen): Censorship as a game
  • Stefan Gradmann (Library Director, Leuven University): The politics of vocabulary control
    • Chair: Ulrik Ekman

12.00-13.00: Lunch

13.00-14.00: Keynote:

  • Arie Graafland (Architecture, University of Hong Kong): The Dance of Versailles
    • Chair: Alfred Jacoby

14.00-14.30: Coffee

14.30-16.00: Paper session V: Mapping, Grey Zones and the Urban Context

  • Jeanne Haffner (History of Science, Harvard University): Streetviews: Mapping and Censorship after the Pegman
  • Michelle Teran (artist, Bergen Academy of Art and Design): Future Guide for Cities
  • David Pinder (School of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London): Counter-Cartography: Making Things Visible
    • Chair: Rikke Platz Cortsen