Libora Oates-Indruchova’s book, Censorship in Czech and Hungarian Academic Publishing, 1969-89: Snakes and Ladders, was published by Bloomsbury Academic in May 2020.
Oates-Indruchov√° explores to what extent censorship affected scholarly publishing in state-socialist Czechoslovakia and Hungary, and how writers responded to intellectual unfreedom. Divided into parts looking at the institutional context of censorship, the full trajectory of a manuscript from idea to publication, the author and their relationship to the text and language, this book provides insight into the ambivalent, beneficial, and detrimental effects of censorship on scholarly work from the Prague Spring of 1968 to the Velvet Revolution of 1989. The book also brings the historical censorship of statesocialism into the present, reflecting on the cultural significance of scholarly publishing in the light of current debates on the neoliberal academia and the future of the humanities.

Libora Oates-Indruchova

Bloomsbury Academic