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CCCI lecturer and Cornell Anthropology alumnus weighs in on academic censorship

Kevin Carrico

Kevin Carrico, 2013 Cornell Ph.D. and this week's Contemporary China Initiative guest lecturer, has written in the journal China Policy Institute: Analysis that the rather muted public reaction to revelations that the large publisher Springer Nature has agreed to remove articles from journals it distributes in China, as well as Springer Nature's refusal to reveal the extent of these deletions, portends a new normalizing of censorship in academic publishing. Carrico argues that this situation is not so much a matter of what is happening to "them," in China, but rather what is happening to us, in and out of the academy and all over the world. 

"In the face of such obstinate and self-serving cowardice, we as academics and readers need to recapture our shock. If the Cambridge University Press censorship row seemed like an assault on the best academic practices and basic academic freedoms, the Springer censorship revelations are an even more direct assault on these practices and freedoms." (China Policy Institute: Analysis November 8, 2017, "A Tale of Two Publishers: Is censorship the new normal?"

Kevin Carrico is a Lecturer in Chinese Studies at the Department of International Studies Macquarie University. His most recent book is The Great Han- Race, Nationalism, and Tradition in China Today. 

CCCI Lecture, November 13, 2017 "Reimagining the Real China: Dilemmas (and Solutions) of Han-ness and Tradition in China Today" 

Kevin also appeared, along with fellow Anthropology alumni Li Zhang and Sara Friedman, in the November 10th "Theory and Sinology" roundtable part of this year's Hu Shih Distinguished Lecture.