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Conference: Censorship as a Creative Force? Central Europe 1944-1989

24 April 2008

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  • The Barbican 'Censorship as a Creative Force' season
  • The UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) is hosting an international conference on 25 April 2008, entitled 'Censorship as a Creative Force? Central Europe 1944-1989'

    Sponsored by the Polish Cultural Institute, the Hungarian Cultural Centre, the Czech Centre and the M. B. Grabowski Foundation, the conference covers the former Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland. It poses the question of whether and if so, how censorship could operate as a creative force in communist-ruled Central Europe.

    While the principal focus of the conference is on literature and literary/press censorship, it also encompasses censorship in the theatre, film industry and television.

    Speakers include Hungarian writer and Head of the OSCE, Vienna, Miklos Haraszti,
    founder of Polish samizdat publisher NOWA Grzegorz Boguta, and ex-Minister of Culture in the Polish People's Republic, Józef Tejchma.

    The conference links with the Barbican's 'Censorship as a Creative Force' season and screen talk with three of  Europe's leading filmmakers, Agnieszka Holland, Istvan Szabo and Jiri Menzel, are united by the common theme of censorship, having operated under the restrictions of Communist censorship in Poland, Hungary and the former Czechoslovakia.

    To find out more, use the links at the top of this article