CANCELED! The sound of being silenced: Postracialism and free speech

  • Date: –17:00
  • Location: Engelska parken 22-1017, House 22. Engelska parken, Uppsala universitet
  • Lecturer: Gavan Titley is a Docent in the Swedish School of Social Science, Helsinki University. Discussant: Per-Erik Nilsson, CEMFOR.
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  • Organiser: Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism (CEMFOR)
  • Contact person: Per-Erik Nilsson
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This lecture examines the centrality of race to these putative crises, and discusses three interconnecting dimensions: the postracial refusal of closure; the articulation of freedom of speech as a question of culture; and the vulnerability of dominant public understandings of freedom of speech to political capture.


The question of free speech is never far from the headlines, and in these headlines it is frequently declared to be in crisis. These crises are declared in societies marked by abundant communication, and take shape less around material and governmental threats to expression than around controversies hinging on ‘what can be said’ about particular political, cultural and social issues.


His publications includes The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a Neoliberal Age (with Alana Lentin, 2011) och Racism and Media (2019). Titley’s research explores the intersections of media, political discourse and racism. The presentation at CEMFOR is based on his forthcoming book Is Free Speech Racist? (2020, Polity Books). 

CANCELED! The sound of being silenced: Postracialism and free speech