2018 Pre-event Roundtable – Call for Papers

Call for Participation

Histories of Intellectual Property in Numerous Objects—Interdisciplinary Insights

University of Roma Tre, 3 July 2018

(Preceding main ISHTIP Workshop, 4-6 July)

We are pleased to announce a roundtable preceding the ISHTIP Workshop, based around the underlying idea of A History of Intellectual Property in 50 Objects (Cambridge University Press, 2018, forthcoming).

The book shows how objects and material culture can provide an approachable way to tell histories of intellectual property, focusing on 50 objects—including the Singer Sewing Machine, the Corset, the Football, the Barbie Doll, and the Post-it. The book presents intellectual property as an interdisciplinary topic, reflected in the remarkable diversity of backgrounds of the editors and authors, and the approaches used to tell the histories of these objects. With short textual entries and numerous images, the book is intended to be accessible to a wide range of readers—encompassing scholars and students in humanities, law, and social science, as well as legal practitioners, inventors, authors, and the interested reader of cultural histories.

Our roundtable will unpack some of these “IP objects,” and from them develop ideas of how we can best undertake interdisciplinary work on intellectual property. We have invited a range of contributors to present their objects and their entries in lightning talks. The roundtable will also provide the opportunity for a wider discourse on the benefits, challenges and risks of interdisciplinarity in intellectual property research.

We expect a deep and wide-ranging discussion. We invite you to join us, and welcome proposals of objects you’d like to discuss (and bring!) or particular themes/disciplines you’d like to examine. Early career researchers are specifically encouraged to express their interest. We think that the roundtable is going to be fun, and very fruitful.


Claudy Op den Kamp copdenkamp@bournemouth.ac.uk

Dan Hunter dhunter@swin.edu.au



Histories of Intellectual Property in Numerous Objects—Interdisciplinary Insights

University of Roma Tre

Via Ostiense, 161

00154 Rome


3 July 2018, at 3pm

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