This year, we will engage in a broad discussion of “Reimagining IP/Gender: The Next Ten Years of Feminist Engagement with Intellectual Property Law.” The symposium will take place in Washington, DC on Friday, February 27, 2015.
Rather than focus discussion on particular cultural practice, such as the creation and dissemination of fan fiction or the stewardship of traditional knowledge, this year, we seek papers and projects that address the full spectrum of feminist/queer theory and all aspects of intellectual property and information law. We encourage submissions from scholars, creators and activists who have not yet engaged with intellectual property law to explore how this legal space might open up new insights regarding the production of knowledge, commodification, definition and valuation of women’s work, and other areas of feminist and queer inquiry. We also hope to spur intellectual property scholars to explore how the tools of deliberately intersectional feminist and queer theory can shed new light on the challenge of creating intellectual property law that fosters social justice.
Accepted papers will be considered for publication in the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy, and the Law in a special symposium volume.
Additional information, including some possible topics, can be found at: pijip.org/2015-ipgender-call/
We are interested in projects that relate to specific case studies, as well as more synthetic studies of these topics. We also welcome projects that include performance and demonstrations in connection with specific projects or overall themes. Please visit pijip.org/ip-gender/ for a complete list of past presentations. Proposals from all disciplines, including law, women’s studies, queer studies, education, communication, cultural anthropology, development, medicine, sociology, and the arts are not only welcome, but encouraged.
If you are interested in taking part, please submit a 250-500 word précis of your project, with some indication of where your work on it stands, as well as a current C.V., by Monday, August 25, 2014, using this submission form. We will notify you of whether we will include your proposal in the program no later than Monday, September 8, 2014.