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Universities and Crisis Seminar: The Settler Coloniality of Free Speech
The Settler Coloniality of Free Speech
Friday, November December 2nd from 13:00-15:00 BST
Faculty of Education Room 1S7

Dr. Darcy Leigh
Lecturer, School of Law, Politics and Sociology University of Sussex, UK

Public and scholarly debates surrounding free speech often assume free speech is a public good and/or should be approached as a problem of “drawing the line” between free and regulated or benign and harmful speech. In contrast, Dr Leigh provides a genealogy of free speech in which liberal freedom of expression has, since its inception, been integral to white supremacist settler colonialism in the United Kingdom and its former settler colonies, the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Dr Leigh’s work argues that, far from a noble struggle against regulation, liberal politics around free speech establish oppositions between white “civilized” speech and its Indigenized racially darkened “others” as well as controlling or silencing Indigenous, Black and/or otherwise racially othered speech across the Anglosphere.

You can read the full published paper here

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