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UPDATED Intellectual Properties, or the Materialities of Communicative Production: Archive, Canon, Clone, Copy--Sept 26-27, 2014
full name / name of organization:
Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota
EXTENDED DEADLINE: JULY 20, 2014
Dates: September 26-27, 2014
Let us suppose that the meaning of “intellectual property” were not limited to its common juridical usage. What if, rather than referring narrowly to the legalized ownership of mental creations it evokes the conditions, both mental and manual, under which knowledge is rendered inseparable from social production (along the lines of what Marx called the “general intellect”)? Our conference takes the notion of “intellectual properties” as a launching pad for diverse inquiries into the production, reproduction and ordering of knowledge, bodies, and affects. We invite papers that critically examine the concepts and histories of intellectual property; we also encourage submissions that deal with related questions concerning authorship, ownership, identity, communicative labor, technological reproducibility, tradition, biopolitics--formations that relate human beings to things both of and not of their own making. More fundamentally, the conference asks how the changing status of “the intellect” under contemporary conditions affects our own work as thinkers, scholars, and teachers in the humanities and social sciences.
Archive, canon, clone and copy are four ways in which the materialities of communicative production may be mapped onto the terrain of contemporary humanities and social sciences research. The terms are sites that determine the consistency of the intellect and its properties; they also provide models by which the intellect can be owned as “property.” To whom do archives, broadly understood to include the spectrum from books to genes, belong? How do contemporary canonical formations (e.g. “world cinema,” “literature in global English,” “world music,” “French theory”) challenge and reinstitute the relations of property and propriety that were once called “tradition”? What is the relationship between media of technical reproducibility and increasingly elaborate regimes of intellectual property rights deployed in the sciences, humanities, and the public sphere? How does technical reproducibility work as a mode of biological and social reproduction in the age of digital convergence, cloning, and the proliferation of prostheses?
• Theoretical and historical perspectives on property and intellectuality
Please submit your abstract of no more than 300 words to UMNCSCLconference@gmail.com by July 20. Include your name, e-mail address, brief bio (including school affiliation, position, and research interests), and any audio-visual requirements. Papers should be in English and no more than 20 minutes in length. We are also interested in panel submissions, which should consist of at least three participants and which should include the above information about each participant and a tentative title indicating the theme.