"Intellectual Property and the Academy" May 12-14, 2010

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University of Saskatchewan Graduate Students' Association
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Conference participants, through individual presentations, posters, and a panel discussion will discuss the nature of intellectual property as it pertains to the practices and goals of academia. Since all scholars produce intellectual work, this topic is of interdisciplinary interest and will address issues from all disciplines, such as patenting, publishing, programming, open access, open source, co-authorship, public-private partnerships, works of art, the relation of sponsorship to ownership, the autonomy of scholarship, the products of intellectual labour, and whether knowledge should be considered a public good or a commercial commodity.
Submissions are welcome from graduate students in all areas of study, and may be discipline-specific or address the topic from a broader perspective.
Presenters will be given half an hour or an hour, according to their preference and/or disciplinary norms, followed by 15 or 20 minutes for questions and discussion.
To submit, send a 100-150 word abstract to by March 26th.
Also indicate your field of study and whether you will need half an hour or an hour if accepted.
Late submissions will be considered.