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Workshop 2012 programme

Fourth Annual ISHTIP Workshop

Intellectual Property as cultural technology

25-26 June 2012

London School of Economics, London UK

Workshop website


Monday 25 June

9.00 – Narrating creativity

Chair: Martha Woodmansee (Case Western Reserve)

  • Lorraine Piroux (Rutgers), ‘What Can the Possessed Possess?’; Intellectual Property, Authorship, and Diderot’s Two Conceptions of Genius’
  • Barton Beebe (NYU), ‘Bleistein; Or, intellectual property law and the problem of aesthetic progress’.
  • Dan L Burk (UC Irvine) & Jessica Reyman (Northern Illinois), ‘Patents as genre’.

11.30 – IP as cultural technology (1) 

Chair: Luke McDonagh (LSE)

  • Plamena Popova (UniBIT), ‘Copyright law: impacts on urban shaping’
  • Matteo Ferrari  (Trento/McGill) ‘GI Narratives’
  • Jessica Silbey (Suffolk), ‘The work of craft: work makes work’

14.30 – IP as cultural technology (2)

Chair: Mario Biagioli (UC Davis)

  • Catherine M. Montgomery and Javier Lezaun (Oxford), ‘Virtual drug development and the material trans/missions of intellectual property’.
  • Gregory Radick (Leeds), ‘Understanding technoscience: The case for an expanded conception of intellectual property’.
  • Steven Wilf (Connecticut), ‘The imagined patent in late nineteenth-century America’.
  • Lida Barner (UCL), ‘Deviating from the norm? ‘Jewish inventors’ in Nazi Germany’.


Tuesday 26 June

9.00 – Techniques of creative appropriation

Chair: Simon Stern (Toronto)

  • Laura J Murray (Queens), ‘Nineteenth-century US newspaper exchanges: Legal, Cultural, and Professional Contexts’
  • Kirsty Robertson (Western Ontario), ‘The art of the copy: A look at appropriation, copyright and labour’.
  • Mario Biagioli (UC Davis), ‘Strange appropriations: the plagiarist function in science’.
  • Martin Fredriksson (Linköping), ‘The ideology of piracy – a study of pirate parties in North America’.

11.15 – Forensic technologies

Chair: Dev Gangjee (LSE)

  • Michele Gazzola (Humboldt) , Linguistic Justice and Intellectual Property: An Evaluation of the Distributive Effects of the Language Regime of the European Patent Office
  • Niels Van Dijk (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Immaterial Matters of Dispute. A Cartography of Intellectual Rights in Practice
  • Michael J Madison (Pittsburgh), The Wages of the Work, in Copyright and Beyond

14.00 – Culturing knowledge

Chair: Josh Sarnoff (De Paul)

  •  Adriana Craciun (UC Riverside), “Intellectual Property and the Culture of Exploration”
  • Chloe S Georas (Puerto Rico), The “Internet-Museum” and Digital Debris
  • Tina Piper (McGill), The military origins of intellectual property law.

16.30   Closing discussion

Chair: Kathy Bowrey (UNSW)

Workshop 2009 – Participants

  • Emanuela Arezzo, Luiss Guido Carli, Roma
  • Jose Bellido, Birkbeck College, University of London
  • Lionel Bently, Cambridge U
  • Mario Biagioli, Harvard U
  • Michael Birnhack, Tel Aviv U
  • Maurizio Borghi, Brunel U
  • Kathy Bowrey, University of New South Wales
  • Dan L. Burk, U California, Irvine
  • Margaret Chon, University of Michigan Law School
  • Rosemary J. Coombe, York University, Toronto
  • Peter Decherney, University of Pennsylvania
  • Johanna Gibson, Queen Mary U
  • Gustavo Ghidini, U degli Studi di Milano
  • Eva Hemmungs-Wirtén, Uppsala U
  • Andrew Herman, York University, Toronto
  • Peter Jaszi, American U
  • Friedeman Kawohl, Bournemouth U
  • Martin Kretschmer, Bournemouth U
  • Fiona MacMillan, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Luca Molà, Warwick U
  • Maria Lilla Montagnani, Bocconi U
  • Alain Pottage, LSE
  • Katarina Renman-Claesson, Stockholm U
  • Brad Sherman, University of Queensland
  • Sukhpreet Singh, Bournemouth U
  • Jamie Stapleton, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Martha Woodmansee, Case Western Reserve U


Workshop 2009 – Programme

First Annual ISHTIP Workshop

The Construction of Immateriality

Practices of Appropriation and the Genealogy of Intellectual Property

Università Bocconi, Milan Italy
26-27 June 2009

The ISHTIP 2009 Workshop has been organised with the kind support of Angelo Sraffa Department of Law and of ASK Research Centre of Bocconi University, Milan.

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Friday 26 June

  • 9:45: Opening Remarks (Gustavo Ghidini, Università degli Studi di Milano and LUISS Guido Carli, Roma)
  • 10:00-13:00: Morning session (chair: Gustavo Ghidini)
    • Michael Birnhack (Tel Aviv University), “Hebrew Authors and English Copyright Law in Mandate Palestine”
    • Friedeman Kawohl (Bournemouth University) “Copyright History as a Means to Justify Current Positions on Copyright Politics”
    • Jaime Stapleton (Birkbeck College, University ofLondon) “The Immaterial Image: Creative, Legal and Economic Theory 1435-1607”
  • 14:30-18:00 Afternoon session (chair: Fiona MacMillan, Birkbeck College, University of London)
    • Martin Kretschmer and Sukhpreet Singh (Bournemouth University) “The Paradox of Television Formats: Why pay forsomething that is free?”
    • Emanuela Arezzo (Luiss Guido Carli, Roma) “Towards a New Definition of Technology andtowards a Broader Definition of the TermInvention?”
    • Alain Pottage (LSE) and Brad Sherman (Universityof Queensland) “Reproducing Nature”

Saturday, 27 June

  • 9:30-13:00: Morning session (chair: Peter Jaszi, American University)

  • 14:30-16:00: Afternoon session (chair: Dan Burk, University of California, Irvine)
    • Mario Biagioli (Harvard University) “Nature and the Commons: The Vegetable Roots of Intellectual Property”
    • Rosemary J. Coombe and Andrew Herman (York University, Toronto) “Theories of Authorship, Ownership and Value in Networked Sociality”
  • 16:00: Concluding remarks by Lionel Bently (University of Cambridge) and Martha Woodmansee (Case Western Reserve University)