The Lives of Property

Jesus College, OxfordFrom Thursday Sep 20, 2012 at 13:00 to Friday Sep 21, 2012 at 17:00

20th-21st September 2012

Where: Ship Street Centre, Jesus College, Oxford, OX1 3DA

This conference explores the paths that scientific and technological objects travel as they acquire or lose their status as property.  Papers address the following questions: What is involved in turning a tool or product of science into an alienable or inalienable possession? How do competing understandings of ‘property’ affect the circulation of scientific knowledge and artifacts? How do legal categories of appropriability shape research and regulatory practices? How are things kept out of the expanding circuits of exchange that characterize contemporary scientific production? If the proprietary status of an object is indeed a precarious, fragile quality, how is it sustained over time? What kinds of research methodologies should we use to better understand and track objects and concepts of property in the sciences?

Keynote Speakers

Mario Biagioli (University of California Davis)
Hannah Landecker (University of California Los Angeles)


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