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8th Annual Workshop CREATe, University of Glasgow, UK July 6-8, 2016 “Intellectual Property and Resistance”


International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property

8th Annual Workshop

CREATe, University of Glasgow, UK

July 6-8, 2016

‘Intellectual Property and Resistance’


Programme: Click Here



In 2016, ISHTIP will be hosted by CREATe, the RCUK Copyright Centre, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK. Scotland was the home of booksellers such as Alexander Donaldson who sought to resist the monopolistic practices of their established London-based rivals, in the so-called Battle of the Booksellers of the eighteenth century. The patriotic Scottish booksellers, newcomers to the trade, sold cheap reprints of books sold by the London booksellers, including those in which statutory copyright, under the Statute of Anne 1710, had expired. The London booksellers responded with a series of lawsuits culminating in Donaldson v. Becket (1774), relying inter alia on copyright at common law, against which the Scots resisted. As Donaldson expressed in petitioning the House of Commons in 1774: ‘your petitioner has had to struggle with the united force of almost all the eminent booksellers of London and Westminster… above one hundred of the most opulent booksellers… have in their turn, been plaintiffs against your petitioner’. The resulting cases and more general debate about the nature of literary property are today remembered as a historic occasion on which the nature of copyright, as well as the more general notion of property in intangibles, was fully debated.


Taking the theme of ‘resistance’ as its starting point, we intend the 8th Annual Workshop to be a further occasion for the full debate of the theory and history of intellectual property!


The Call for Papers

In autumn 2015, we published a Call for Papers inviting abstracts for papers exploring the theme of resistance in the broadest sense, in relation to any aspect of the history or theory of intellectual property law, in particular, but not limited to: historical or theoretical research that provides a basis for resisting dominant conceptions of IP law, its theory or history, or resisting claims relating to its timelessness or universality; historical or theoretical papers exploring IP law as empowering resistance to dominant social or cultural norms or relations of social power; historical or theoretical research into local diversity in IP laws (legislative, judicial and/or bureaucratic approaches) resisting moves towards international, imperial or regional harmonisation; historical and theoretical insights into modes of resistance to IP law, its enforcement and/or its exploitation. We sought a broad representation of international scholars as well as scholars from across the disciplines, addressing any aspect of intellectual property law from a historical or theoretically-informed perspective. Both established and junior scholars were encouraged to submit abstracts.  We requested that papers be unpublished and not accepted/under consideration for publication elsewhere, as it is expected that the best papers will be published in a special issue of an academic peer-reviewed journal or an edited collection.


The Workshop Programme

The accepted papers are set out in the draft programme. As arrangements are still in progress, we reserve the right to make small changes to the programme. Authors do not present their papers at ISHTIP workshops. Instead, a commentator presents a brief summary and critique to initiate the general discussion of each paper. The name of the commentator for each paper is also indicated in the draft programme.


Registration and Cost

The Workshop is open to scholars and students of any academic discipline. To register your attendance, please do so through our Eventbrite page which can be accessed here.

The conference fee is £80, which includes the cost of the conference dinner at Trades Hall. CREATe are operating a bursary scheme for unfunded applicants for whom the fee may present an obstacle to attending the conference. For further details please contact us at



The Workshop will take place on the main university campus, close to the School of Law (The Square, Glasgow, G12 8QQ). The hotel we recommend is the Hilton Grosvenor, Grosvenor Terrace, G12 0TA. We have asked the Hilton to hold some rooms for conference attendees (under ISHTIP2016, University of Glasgow). The rate to be offered is £155 single occupancy (£10 extra person supplement). You can book rooms at the Hilton here using the promo code ‘GISHT’. Reservations need to be made before 31 May!

Another option is The Grand Central Hotel, 99 Gordon Street, Glasgow, G1 3SF – guests to call 0141 240 3700 or email in order to make their reservations here. Again we have a room allocation. Please quote ISHTIP2016, University of Glasgow. Prices vary per day between £140-£180 for single occupancy.

You can find other options on-line (e.g. through airbnb, Expedia, etc.)


If you have any further questions, please write to Dr Elena Cooper at:


Programme: Click Here


Workshop 2016 Programme

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International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property

8th Annual Workshop

CREATe, University of Glasgow, UK

July 6-8, 2016

‘Intellectual Property and Resistance’



Pre-event: Seminar by Prof. Barton Beebe, New York University School of Law

Bleistein, American Copyright Law, and the Problem of Aesthetic Progress

WED 6th JULY, 10am, CREATe hub (University of Glasgow, 10 The Square, G12 8QQ)




12pm-1pm: Lunch and Registration (University of Glasgow, Main Building, Senate Room)1pm-1.10pm: Welcome: Elena Cooper/Martin Kretschmer, CREATe, University of Glasgow, UK

1.10pm-2.25pm: Early Career Panel 1: IP and Resistance through Technology, Culture and Society

Chair: Elena Cooper

Hung The Nguyen, Edinburgh University, UK, ‘The Innocuous Infrastructure: Digital Copyright Hub and the Politics of Infrastructural Delegation’ Alissa Centivany, University of Toronto, Canada, ‘Innovative Deviance and Transformation in Copyright’

Chun-Chi Hung, Queen Mary, London University, UK, ‘Can Indigenous People’s Traditional Cultural Expressions be a Means of Resistance against the Power of Global Intellectual Property Law?’

2.25pm-3.40pm: Early Career Panel 2: IP, Public Access and Control

Chair: Nari Lee, Hanken, Finland

Andrea Wallace, Glasgow University and National Library of Scotland, UK, ‘Cultural Institutions and Surrogate Intellectual Property Rights: Resisting an Artwork’s Transfer into the Public Domain’

Claudy Op den Kamp, Swinburne Law School, Australia, ‘Film Archives as ‘Sites of Resistance’: Exploiting the Public Domain

Natacha Estèves, Sciences Po Law School, Paris, France, ‘‘All are Patent are Belong to You?” ‘Open Patents’ as a Form of Resistance

3.40-3.50pm: Coffee

3.50pm to 5.20pm: ISHTIP Board meeting (attendance optional); chair: Martha Woodmansee, Case Western Reserve University, USA and Fiona Macmillan, Birkbeck, London University, UK

5.30pm to 7.00pm: Opportunity to attend CREATe Performance by Kobe Matthys, agence Brussels (John McIntyre Bldg, University Ave, G12 8QQ):
Assembly of Case 
Caird v Sime, House of Lords, 13 June 1887 (concerning the unauthorised publication of lectures by Edward Caird, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Glasgow)

7.30pm: Buffet reception at 3 Park Terrace, G3 6BY (walking distance through Kelvingrove Park)




9.30am-10.50am: IP and the Politics of Resistance

Chair: Gregory Hagen, University of Calgary, Canada

Betsy Rosenblatt, Whittier Law School, USA, ‘Fair Use as Resistance’ –  Commentator: Danilo Mandic, University of Westminster, UK

Kara Swanson, Northeastern University School of Law, USA, ‘Counting Patents as Path to Full Citizenship: The Case of American Suffragists’ – Commentator: Kathy Bowrey, University of New South Wales, Australia

10.50-12.10pm: Users and Resistance

Chair: Peter Decherney, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Joe Karaganis, The American Assembly, Columbia University, USA, ‘Shadow Libraries’ – Commentator: Maria Lilla’ Montagnani, Bocconi University, Italy

Balazs Bodo, IVIR, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, ‘ – An Ethnographic Inquiry into the Guerilla Open Access Movement’ – Commentator: Martin Kretschmer, CREATe, University of Glasgow, UK

12.10pm-1.15pm: Lunch

1.15pm-3.15pm: IP and Local Difference

Chair: Peter Jaszi, American University, Washington College of Law, USA

Augusta Dimou, University of Leipzig, Germany, ‘Global Expansion of Intellectual Property Rights and ‘Reflex Reactions’ from the World’s Peripheries: A Contribution to the History of IP in the Interwar Period’ – Commentator: Gabriel Galvez-Behar, Université Lille, France

Neil Netanel, UCLA School of Law, USA,  ‘Jewish Copyright Law as Imperfect Resistance’ – Commentator: Diana V. Ivanova, Belarusian State University, Belarus

Stef van Gompel, IVIR, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, ‘Legal pragmatism in nineteenth-century intellectual property lawmaking: A case study of the 1869 patent abolition in the Netherlands’ – Commentator: Kara Swanson, Northeastern University School of Law, USA

3.15pm-4.30pm: Discussion panel: Critique and Interdisciplinarity as Resistance 

Martha Woodmansee, Case Western Reserve University, USA (chair), Kathy Bowrey, University of New South Wales, Australia, Peter Decherney, University of Pennsylvania, USA, Fiona Macmillan, Birkbeck, London University, UK.

6pm: Drinks reception/tours of Trades Hall, Glasgow (84 Glassford Street, G1 1UH)

7pm: Conference dinner at Trades Hall, Glasgow




9am-11am: Copyright and Cultural Resistance

Chair: Stina Teilmann-Lock, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Marc Perlman, Brown University, USA, ‘Two Ways to Defend the Public Domain’ – Commentator:  Chen Wei Zhu, University of Birmingham, UK

Kevin Emerson Collins, Washington University School of Law, USA ‘Copyright and Architectural Practice in the United States’ – Commentator: Elena Cooper, CREATe, Glasgow University, UK

Marta Iljadica, Southampton University, UK, ‘Publicly Displayed Works and the Right to the City’ – Commentator: Merima Bruncevic, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

11am-11.10am: Coffee

11.10pm-12.30pm: Trade Marks and Cultural Diversity

Chair: Marianne Dahlén, Uppsala University, Sweden

Michael Birnhack, Tel Aviv University, Israel, ‘National Trademark’ – Commentator: Lionel Bently, Cambridge University, UK

Lucero Ibarra Rojas, Centre for Teaching and Research in Economics (CIDE), Mexico, ‘Beyond Trademarks: What Law Says and What Law Means’ – Commentator: Luke McDonagh, City University, UK

12.30-1.30pm: Lunch

1.30pm – 3.30pm: Resisting IP’s Core Assumptions

Chair: Maurizio Borghi, Bournemouth University, UK

Barton Beebe and Jeanne Fromer, New York University School of Law, USA, ‘Are We Running Out of Trademarks? Evidence from the U.S. PTO Principal Register’ – Commentator: Jose Bellido, University of Kent, UK

Alexander Peukert, Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, ‘Resisting the Ontology of IP: IP Rights as the Regulation of Actions’  – Commentator:  Jonathan Griffiths, Queen Mary, UK

Dan Burk, University of California, Irvine, USA, ‘Copyright and the Cybernetic Circuit’ – Commentator: Christopher Buccafusco, Cardozo Law School, USA

3.30pm-4pm: Primary Sources on Copyright: Introducing the Jewish Law section:  Neil Netanel, UCLA School of Law, USA




If you have any further questions, please write to Dr Elena Cooper at:


Workshop 2014 Programme

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Download a PDF version of the programme.

Wednesday 2 July 2014, University Main Building, Room IX
11.30 REGISTRATION opens followed by LUNCH
12.15 Opening remarks by the organizers
12.30-13.10 Session 1 chaired by Martin Fredriksson, Linköping University (SE):

Balázs Bodó, University of Amsterdam (NL)

A Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Scientific Shadow Libraries

Commentator: Jorge Contreras, American University (US)

13.15-13.55 Matt Stahl, University of Western Ontario (CA)

Tactical Destabilization for Economic Justice: The American Recording Industry, Aging R&B Performers, and the 1984-2004 Royalty Reform Movement

Commentator: Toni Lester, Babson College (US)

14.00-14.40 Rasmus Fleischer, Stockholm University (SE)

Performers’ and/or Producers’ Rights? The Pre-history of the Rome Convention, 1930-1960

Commentator: Matt Stahl, University of Western Ontario (CA)

14.45-15.00 COFFEE BREAK
15.05-15.45 Session 2 chaired by Lucky Belder, Utrecht University (NL):

Louis Pahlow, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität (DE)

Stability and Instability in the Patent Law System: Patent Pooling, Industrial Concentration and Competition Policy in Germany (1890-1930)

Commentator: Gabriel Galvez-Béhar, Université Lille 3 (FR)

15.50-16.30 Nicolas Chachereau, Université de Lausanne (CH)

How to Patent a Chemical? The Instability of a New Type of Intellectual Property (Switzerland 1888-1907)

Commentator: Joshua Sarnoff, DePaul University (US)

16.35-17.15 Amanda Scardamaglia, Swinburne University of Technology (AU)

The Historical Movement, Transmission and Transformation of Trade Mark Law in Colonial Australia

Commentator: Marianne Dahlén, Uppsala University (SE)

17.15 CLOSE

If you’re still hungry after the reception, dinner is on your own. You’ll find a list of different restaurants in your workshop package.

Thursday 3 July 2014, University Main Building, Room IX
9.15-10.30 Roundtable on “Interdisciplinarity in Intellectual Property Research”

A discussion with Gabriel Galvez-Behar, Debora Halbert, Dan Hunter, and Stina Teilmann-Lock.

Chair: Eva Hemmungs Wirtén

10.35-11.15 Session 3 chaired by Maurizio Borghi, Bournemouth University (UK):

Xiobao Shen, University of Edinburgh (UK)

A Paradox – “Chinese Characteristics” of Imitating Western Intellectual Property Regime

Commentator: Dan Hunter, Queensland University of Technology (AU)

11.20-12.00 Christian Katzenbach and Sarah Herweg, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin (DE)

Stabilizing and Contesting the Instable through Discourse: Attributions of Imitation and Innovation in the Digital Games Sector

Commentator: Saara Taalas, Linneaus University (SE)

12.05-13.05 LUNCH
13.10-13.50 Session 4 chaired by Peter Decherney, University of Pennsylvania (US):

Friedeman Kawohl, Bournemouth University (UK)

Fürstenthal v. Hirschfeld – A conflict between a pre-modern religious censorship regime and a modern secular copyright regime in 19th-century Prussia

Commentator: Jens Eriksson, Uppsala University (SE)

13.55-14.35 Marie-Claude Felton, McGill University (CA)

Writing According to the Law: A Comparative Study of Literary Legislations and Authorial Ventures in France, England and Germany in the 18th Century

Commentator: Martha Woodmansee, Case Western Reserve University (US)

14.40-15.20 Jorge Contreras, American University (US)

Stories of Gene Patenting

Commentator: Daithi Mac Sithigh, Newcastle University (UK)

15.25-15.45 COFFEE BREAK
15.50-16.30 Session 5 chaired by Debora Halbert, University of Hawaii at Manoa (US):

David Lametti, McGill University (CA)

Unstable Art: The Curious Case of Claude Théberge

Commentator: Lucky Belder, Utrecht University (NL)

16.35-17.15 Megan Richardson and Julian Thomas, The University of Melbourne and Swinburne University of Technology (AU)

The ‘Face of Things’: Image Rights in the Age of Digital Reproduction

Commentator: Jaime Stapleton (UK)

17.20-18.00 Aura Bertoni and Maria Lillà Montagnani, Bocconi University (IT)

Public Architectural Art and its Spirits of Instability

Commentator: Jan von Bonsdorff, Uppsala University (SE)

18.00 CLOSE
19.30 Workshop DINNER at LINNEANEUM
Friday 4 July 2014, University Main Building, Room IX
09.30-10.10 Session 6 chaired by Megan Richardson, University of Melbourne

Patrick Burkart and Jonas Andersson Schwarz, Texas A&M University (US) and Södertörn University College (SE)

Post-Privacy and Ideology

Commentator: Julian Thomas, Swinburne University of Technology (AU)

10.15-10.55 Michael Birnhack, Tel-Aviv University (IL)

The Cost of Judicial Snapshots: The Case of Israeli Fair Use

Commentator: Peter Decherney, University of Pennsylvania (US)

11.00-11.30 COFFEE BREAK
11.35-12.15 Session 7 chaired by Helle Porsdam, Copenhagen University (DK):

Marc Perlman, Brown University (US)

‘Commercial’ vs. ‘Noncommercial’ in Copyright Law and the Arts: An Unstable Distinction in Times of Rapid Technological Change

Commentator: Maurizio Borghi, Bournmouth University (UK)

12.20-13.00 Debora Halbert and Jake Dunegan, University of Hawaii at Manoa and Institute for the Future, Palo Alto (US)

Intellectual Property for the Neurocentric Age: Towards a neuropolitics of IP

Commentator: Robin Williams, University of Edinburgh (UK)

13.05-13.15 Concluding remarks and handing over to Peter Decherney for 2015.
14.00- LUNCH

We gratefully acknowledge the generous sponsorship of the Swedish Foundation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Sixth Annual ISHTIP Workshop

The Instability of Intellectual Property

uulogo_whiteUppsala, Sweden July 2-4, 2014

The conference is free of charge and supported by the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond). The organizers will provide refreshments/lunch to all registered participants.

Hosted by the Department of Archival Science, Library & Information Science and Museology & Heritage Studies (ALM), Uppsala University in collaboration with the Faculty of Law, Uppsala University and Linköping University in Sweden.

By choosing the theme of The Instability of Intellectual Property for the 2014 ISHTIP workshop at Uppsala University we want to focus on the ways in which intellectual property moves and travels across disciplinary, legal, linguistic, and geopolitical borders.

Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property – Special ISHTIP 2014 Issue
Accepted presenters will be invited to submit their papers to a special issue of the Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property devoted entirely to the 2014 ISHTIP Workshop and the “Instability of Intellectual Property” theme. More information will follow during the spring.


Provisional Programme

Download a PDF version of the programme.

The programme is also available as a web page here.



Uppsala University

Founded in 1477, Uppsala University is the oldest Nordic university. Carolus Linneaus, Olof Rudbeck and Anders Celsius are some of Uppsala’s most well-known historic figures. Today, Uppsala University is home to more than 40.000 students (More Information).



Attending ISHTIP is free of charge but places are limited. If you wish to join us in Uppsala, please use the Eventbrite form below.


Getting here

Uppsala is just 15-20 minutes north of Stockholm’s Arlanda airport. Stockholm is 30 minutes south of the airport. From Arlanda you can take a bus, train or taxi to Uppsala.

Uppsala University
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The organizers have reserved a number of rooms in three different hotels, all within a 5-minute walk from the University Main Building where the workshop will take place. Participants should contact the hotels directly to reserve a room, indicating a preference for single or double accommodation, and whether a double room is acceptable in lieu of a single. Again, these rooms will be allocated according to the order of receipt of requests. Payment will be made by participants directly to respective hotel, but in order to benefit from the preferential workshop rates, participants need to quote the reference indicated below at the time of booking. Rooms have been reserved for the period of July 1 to July 5, and will be held by the hotels until May 31, when they become available for general booking. Room prices are given in Swedish Kronor/Euro/U.S. dollars and include a breakfast buffé (but please note that the exchange rate may fluctuate!).

Hotel Uppsala
Tel. +46 (0)18 480 50 07
Single/double: 669/ 869 SEK     77/100 €                105/135 $
Reference: 140494

Clarion Hotell Gillet
Tel. +46 (0)18 -68 18 00
Single/double: 580/880 SEK     65/100€                90/135 $
Reference: 82332

First Hotell Linné
Tel. +46 (0)18 10 20 00
Single/double: 690/890 SEK     78/100€                106/136 $
Reference: -30UPP010714


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)

Fourth Annual ISHTIP Workshop

Call for Papers

Fourth Annual ISHTIP Workshop:

Intellectual property as cultural technology

London School of Economics, 25 & 26 June 2012

Intellectual property rights are generally supposed to function as means of stimulating and diffusing cultural production. This instrumentalist understanding of how intellectual property works as a cultural technology has survived for more than two centuries; it has been amplified and refined by a long tradition of economic analysis and economic history, and it has now been retrenched as the basic premise of contemporary debates about public domains, digital commons, and the expansion of corporate semiotic power. How plausible or illuminating is this pervasive representation of the agency of intellectual property rights?
There are some familiar ways of testing this representation. Lawyers and economists ask whether patent laws work as they should in the domains of, for example, software or biomedical innovation, they speculate as to the reasons why creativity in the fashion industry seems to flourish in a ‘negative space’ (a domain unframed by copyright law), and they ask how formal intellectual property rights work with ‘social norms’. But these lines of inquiry still reduce culture to what can be rendered in terms of scarcity, efficiency, and instrumentality.
The theme of this conference seeks to elicit alternative approaches to the cultural implications of intellectual property and cultural property laws. A rubric that turns on the terms ‘culture’ and ‘technology’ can only be open-ended, but the following questions might be taken as a rough starting point for reflection:

  1. How might we understand the implication of different forms of intellectual or cultural property in economic, political, aesthetic, or scientific cultures? How might we schematize the ‘functions’ or ‘effects’ of intellectual property law in terms other than those of instrumentality, efficiency, or repressive power?
  2. Do intellectual property regimes themselves have specific cultures? Here, ethnographic, historical, or sociological analyses might reveal the specific practices, techniques and media that condition the existence and effects of intellectual property forms.
  3. Might we understand intellectual property as a mode of cultural creativity in its own right? Intellectual property law has evolved a complex set of fictions, semantic artifacts, themes, and figures that have an existence in broader cultural life, not just as agents of encouragement or constraint, but as conceptual resources that have shaped the discursive fields of various social cultures. Somewhat more abstractly, regimes of intellectual property have turned the improbable notion of ‘intangible property’, or of ‘intangible things’, into common currency. So, instead of seeing legal forms as secondary ratifications of cultural figures, might we instead explore intellectual property law’s own cultural intelligence and authorship?

We invite contributions from established and doctoral scholars working in the broad field of the humanities and the social sciences, including anthropology, economic history, history of science, media studies, literary theory, science studies, and critical theory, as well as legal history and legal theory.

Papers selected for presentation at the workshop will be circulated in advance to registered participants. Abstracts of proposed papers (together with a brief author bio) should be submitted by 1 March 2012. A maximum length of 9,000 words is recommended.

Important dates

  • Submission of proposal (abstract and bio): 1 March 2012
  • Notification of acceptance: 31 March 2012
  • Submission of paper: 1 June 2012
  • Workshop: 25-26 June 2012


For information and programme updates visit the ISHTIP website

Please also visit the specific website for the Workshop at the LSE

Abstracts and author bios can be submitted to any of the following, who will circulate these to the Program Committee.

Alain Pottage, Law Department, LSE:

Tatiana Flessas, Law Department, LSE:

Dev Gangjee, Law Department, LSE:


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.

>> Programme <<

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)