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Seminar: From Intellectual Property to Cultural Property: Radicalizing Cultural Heritage?

March 4, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Professor Fiona Macmillan (Birkbeck College, University of London)

Wednesday 4 March 2015, 15:30, Melville room, Main Building, University of Glasgow.

Abstract: This seminar presentation is based on the argument that we need some device for protecting community rights in cultural production from the privatizing and commodifying effects of intellectual property.  In its search for such a device, the presentation will consider the limitations of the concept of cultural heritage contained in the suite of international conventions on the protection of culture and cultural heritage produced by UNESCO.  The presentation’s focus will (probably) be on the possibility of radicalizing, or even transforming, the concept of cultural heritage through an appeal to a concept of cultural property conceived not as a relation of ownership but rather as one of membership.  The presentation will argue that using the word property here, instead of heritage, makes the conflict between cultural property and intellectual property evident and unavoidable, both politically and legally.  Further, it allows us to think about whether property concepts themselves, so well-known to the law, can be used to produce a liberatory tool that can be fitted into or recognised by the law.

This event is organized by the School of Law, University of Glasgow, as part of the Law seminar series. Prof. Macmillan is presenting at the invitation of Prof. Emilios Christodoulidis.

If you wish to attend this seminar, please contact Dr Akbar Rasulov (School of Law).