Sep 24-25: Second Annual ISHTIP Workshop: Geographies of Intellectual Property


September 24-25, 2010
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington DC, 20016

Room 603

Following our first successful meeting in June 2009 at Bocconi University in Milan on “The Construction of Immateriality," the second ISHTIP workshop, to be held September 24-26, 2010 in Washington, D.C. will consider "Geographies of Intellectual Property.” By focusing on the heterogeneous roots of our present intellectual property regime the workshop aims to foster richer contextualization of this regime than can be provided by legal history working alone. To this end it will assemble scholars from across the disciplines – from anthropology, economic and business history, the history of science, literary and cultural history, as well as from legal history and theory.


Call for Papers

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Notes on Participants



Second Annual ISHTIP Workshop


Geographies of Intellectual Property


American University, Washington D.C.

Sept. 24-25, 2010



Friday, Sept. 24


8:45: Opening Remarks by Peter Jaszi (American University)


Panel 1  9:00 - 12:00: The Movement of Ideas and Information


Will Slauter (Université Paris 8-Saint Denis), "How News Becomes Property"

Eva Subotnik (Columbia University), Comments


Katie Scott (The Courtauld Institute of Art, London), "Mapping Plagiarism in a Regime of Privilege"

Jessica Silbey (Suffolk University), Comments


Orly Lobel (University of San Diego), "Innovation's Edge: Talent Wants to be Free and Flowing"

David Lametti (McGill University), Comments


Lunch 12:15-1:30


Panel 2  1:30 - 6:00: Cartography of the Intangible. Metaphors of Space, Place and Property in the Genealogy of Intellectual Property Law -- Michael Carroll (American University), Chair


Maurizio Borghi & Stavroula Karapapa (Brunel University, West London), "Invisible Geographies: A Conceptual Map of the Copy in Copyright, and the Unexplored Land of Non-Display Uses"

Abraham Drassinower (University of Toronto), Comments


Simon Stern (University of Toronto), "From Author's Right to Property Right"

Ronan Deazley (University of Glasgow), Comments


Zac Zimmer (Cornell University), "Commons: Copyleft as Training Ground"

Adrian Johns (University of Chicago), Comments


Jeongoh Kim (Vanderbilt University), "Cultural Geographies of Intellectual Property: Turnpikes and Copyrights"

Peter Decherney (University of Pennsylvania), Comments


Cocktails 6:30-7:30



Saturday, Sept. 25


Panel 3  9:00 - 12:00: Preserving Local Identity -- Luca Molà (Warwick University), Chair


Debora Halbert (University of Hawaii, Manoa), "Exporting Authenticity: The Construction of National Cultural Identity"

Johanna Gibson (Queen Mary, University of London), Comments


Dwijen Rangnekar (Warwick University), "Re-Making Place: The Social Construction of a Geographical Indication for Feni"

Rosemary Coombe (York University), Comments


Marc Perlman (Brown University), "Should There Be Property Rights in Folklore? Surveying the Intellectual Landscape of the Debate"

Wendy Gordon (Boston University), Comments


Lunch 12:15 - 1:30


Panel 4  1:30 - 5:00: Geographical Processes in the Histories of Intellectual Property


Sara Bannerman (Australian National University, Canberra), "‘We are all developing countries':  Canada and International Copyright History"

Oren Bracha (University of Texas), Comments


Matthias Wießner (Universität Leipzig), "The German Democratic Republic (GDR) and the International Copyright Regime"

Christophe Geiger (CEIPI, University of Strasbourg), Comments


Doris Estelle Long (John Marshall Law School, Chicago), "The Continuation of the Geographic Boundaries of Empire in the New Digital Order"

Eva Hemmungs Wirtén (Uppsala University), Comments


5:00: Concluding remarks by Lionel Bently (University of Cambridge) and Martha Woodmansee (Case Western Reserve University)


Banquet 6:00 - 9:00

Participating Discussants

  • Oren Bracha, University of Texas
  • Michael Carroll, American University
  • Rosemary Coombe, York University
  • Ronan Deazley, University of Glasgow
  • Peter Decherney, University of Pennsylvania
  • Abraham Drassinower, University of Toronto
  • Christophe Geiger, CEIPI, University of Strasbourg
  • Johanna Gibson, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Wendy Gordon, Boston University
  • Adrian Johns, University of Chicago
  • David Lametti, McGill University
  • Luca Molà, Warwick University
  • Jessica Silbey, Suffolk University
  • Eva Hemmungs Wirtén, Uppsala University