BAC Talk. The Big Chill - Censorship by copyright in libraries and literary studies

September 23, 2022 - September 23, 2022 (4:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

Location: Library Quiet Reading Room


Students, faculty, and members of the Acadia community are invited to attend BAC Talk, a new, annual series of research talks by Acadia Arts faculty. The talks will take place in the Beveridge Arts Centre, the hub for Arts research and teaching at Acadia. Each BAC Talk will be 20-30 minutes and followed by questions and discussion. The BAC Talk theme for the 2022-2023 academic year is “Impermanence.”

The first BAC Talk will take place on Friday, September 23 from 4-5 pm in the Library's Quiet Reading Room.

Erin Patterson will give a talk entitled "The Big Chill: Censorship by Copyright in Libraries and Literary Studies."

Abstract: Publishers have long been exploiting technology to exert undue control over electronic texts: who can access them, for how long, on what conditions, and under what circumstances. A new and alarming development is the prospect of actual redaction of published works if copyright demands are not met. Erin Patterson, Acadia's English librarian and copyright coordinator, will discuss how copyright overreach can have a chilling effect on literary studies, a field in which frequent and extensive quotation is an integral part of the discourse.

Please join us for this inaugural event. Wine and snacks will be served!

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