Please note: The 12th ISHTIP Annual Workshop will be held at Bournemouth University, UK, 12-16 July 2021.
This will be an online event.
More details and final program to come shortly.
The 13th workshop is now scheduled to be held at Gothenberg University in 2022.
12th Annual ISHTIP Workshop
Landmarks of Intellectual Property
Bournemouth University, UK 12-16 July 2021
Landmark noun, often attributive
land·mark | \ land-märk \
An object (such as a stone or tree) that marks the boundary of land
A conspicuous object on land that marks a locality (originally and esp. as a guide to sailors in navigation)
An event or development that marks a turning point or a stage
A structure (such as a building) of unusual historical and usually aesthetic interest
especially: one that is officially designated and set aside for preservation
After hosting its annual workshop in 2019 in the location that is home to the largest natural harbour in the world, Sydney, the International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property will host its 12th annual workshop in the second largest natural harbour in the world: Poole, UK—home to Bournemouth University. This year’s theme, Landmarks of Intellectual Property, is inspired by its county Dorset, which is known for the Jurassic Coast, World Heritage Site on the English Channel southern coast of England, which stretches across 95 miles, and which features the natural limestone landmark Durdle Door.
The Landmarks workshop will explore the contemporary relevance of the landmarks of intellectual property. Proposals are invited to consider the different ways in which a place, a time, a personality, a case, or a particular year has become a landmark of IP. These might include challenging or questioning (the idea of) certain landmarks of IP; proposing new ones; or highlighting unsung ones, be they milestones, vantage points, beacons, breakthroughs, events, turning points, or anniversaries. Contributions may also critique dominant frameworks or theories, thus putting into perspective the significance of such turning points by highlighting the role of historical contingencies, discontinuities and cultural difference.
The final panel will be dedicated to the work of Prof Martha Woodmansee who founded ISHTIP in 2008, and who has recently retired.
The workshop is hosted by CIPPM /
Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
for European Intellectual Property
and Information Rights, co-funded
by the Erasmus+ Programme of the
European Commission. Organising
Committee: Maurizio Borghi, Claudy
Op den Kamp, and Ruth Towse