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Appropriately Approaching Appropriation (via IP Osgoode)

Tied into one of the conference’s main concerns of how appropriation could be used in a positive context, the keynote focused on advocating for a more nuanced approach that preserved the uniqueness of postcolonial societies and the “need to protect the ‘we’ with more humility.” It provided a worthy segue into the conference’s second and final day, where many of the questions raised by Professors Coombe and Craig were discussed and debated, and created the background for further dialogue on feminism and the politics of appropriation.

IP Osgoode Blogger & Osgoode JD student Mekhala Chaubal

Over at IP Osgoode, you can read Osgoode JD student Mekhala Chaubal on Appropriately Approaching Appropriation: Osgoode Professors On Feminist Alternatives To Postcolonial Intellectual Property Issues.

Fittingly, given Prof. Craig’s love of alliteration, this is a report on the keynote given by Professors Craig and Coombe at the Feminism and the Politics of Appropriation Conference last Friday night (back off, Katy Perry, academics have last Friday nights too you know).  Thanks to Mekhala and IP Osgoode for the share!  More info about the conference here.

Feminism & the Politics of Appropriation Conference (now!)

Feminism & the Politics of Appropriation | | Women & Gender Studies InstituteWomen & Gender Studies Institute. November 11-12, 2011

Keynote: Rosemary Coombe and Carys Craig

“COPYRIGHT AND THE MORAL ARTS OF APPROPRIATION: FEMINIST AND POSTCOLONIAL PERSPECTIVES”

This conference is animated by the question of how feminisms are shaped by the politics of appropriation.  It brings together feminist scholars from across Canada to collectively deliberate over how contemporary appropriation works and what alternative forms of exchange can be imagined.   Following Marx, appropriation is often theorized as a violent act of taking, producing alienation and property from acts of creation.  Yet, within contemporary arts and new media, acts of digital appropriation are also performed as radical interventions that seek to subvert property regimes and authorial relations.  Within anti-colonial and indigenous struggles, cultural appropriation is a form of epistemic violence that has accompanied material acts of theft and injury. Moreover, to appropriate can also mean to make proper and suitable, and thus to ethicize.

Given these multiple meanings of appropriation, this conference invites participants to track how feminisms and other political projects have also been appropriated, dis-assembled, remade within transnational circuits and new (as well as old) imperialisms.

  • How to theorize the work of appropriation today?
  • How does appropriation condition politics, as well as feminism?
  • What might feminist alternatives to appropriation look like?

I am looking forward to a guest post on Sunday about this Conference – stay tuned.

Feminist Friday Followup

Thanks to lovely Friday afternoon audience and wonderful colleagues who presented at today’s FF.  I ate too much antipasti + cookies + banana bread, so this attempt to fulfill my promise to send out links for those interested in following up the brief samples available may fall slightly short.

 

Associate Dean Professor Shelley Gavigan presented pieces of her Something Old, Something New: Re-Theorising Patriarchal Relations and Privatisation at the Outskirts of Family Law, a shortened reprise of her presentation at this Conference in Tel Aviv.  The paper is forthcoming in Theoretical Inquiries in Law, but isn’t publicly available at the moment. I will be sure to post/tweet when it becomes available, whether through SSRN or the Journal.   She spoke about a few very interesting cases, including A.A. v. B.B., 2007 ONCA 2.  She also mentioned Angela Campbell’s work collecting the “voices” of women from Bountiful B.C.’s polygamous community.  That work is available on SSRN here.

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Professor Stephanie Ben Ishai showed us some great commercials, including the one below to open her presentation of Debtor Assistance and Debt Advice: The Role of the Canadian Credit Counselling Industry, co authored with Saul Schwartz of the Carleton School of Public Policy and Administration.  The full text is available here.

 

She also referenced former Osgoode colleague Prof. Iain Ramsay (now at Kent Law School) and his (very fun sounding) paper “Wannabe Wags and Credit Crunch Binges”: The Construction of Over-Indebtedness in the UK. In: Niemi, Johanna and Ramsay, Iain and Whitford, William, eds. Consumer Credit, Debt and Bankruptcy: Comparative and International Perspectives. Hart Publishing, Oxford. Click here for Osgoode Hall of York University Library listing, not available online.

Professor Carys Craig’s paper What’s Feminist About Open Access? A Relational Approach to Copyright in the Academy co authored with Rosemary Coombe and Joseph Turcotte, is available here, from the (open access) journal Feminists@Law – also from Kent Law School.

 

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She mentioned that people could buy or otherwise read her book, so check out this post from earlier this year, wherein she introduces the book and provides a great set of links for those new to the topic (excerpt below).

Carys suggested these articles to those intrigued by the connections between feminist theory and copyright (or IP more generally).  Carys adores alliteration, so she described these as favourite/fundamental:
Malla Pollack. “Towards a Feminist Theory of the Public Domain, or The Gendered Scope of United States’ Copyrightable and Patentable Subject Matter” William & Mary J. of Women and the Law 12 (2006): 603. Link is to Hein Online (requires account – will likely work if you are accessing from a university IP address):

the public domain is feminine because it provides essential nourishment; it is the birthing and lactating mother. As one seed becomes a plant due to the fecundity of the earth goddess, so one human sprouts poems due to the fecundity of the public domain, the daemon, the muse.”

Says Carys, “A sure way to make upper year law students shift uneasily in their seats.”    Another must-read classic (and Canadian to boot): is Shelley Wright, A Feminist Exploration of the Legal Protection of Art, 7 Can. J. Women & L. 59 (1994).  (Another Hein Online link. Apologies, but (irony?) these articles are not available “openly”.)

Since two is too few, she offered these more recent pieces as well – true to her convictions, both of these links should open for everyone.

Ann Bartow, Fair Use and the Fairer Sex:  Gender, Feminism, and Copyright Law,  Am. UJ Gender Soc. Pol’y & L., 2006,

Greene, K.J. “Intellectual Property at the Intersection of Race and Gender: Lady Sings the Blues.” American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law. 16, no. 3 (2008): 365-385

 

Final words – thank you to @MelaynaM who “won” the job of livetweeting the event from @osgoodeifls through our contest, and thank you to the students, staff and faculty who came out and listened/participated.  Comments/thoughts/suggestions always welcome.

Reminder: TOMORROW Feminist Friday October 28, 130 to 330

Come and hear three of Osgoode’s feminist scholars discuss their latest work. See how feminism provides critical tools to researchers across divergent subject areas, broaden your general knowledge, pique your interest, and meet faculty and students. Also on offer: banana bread, cheese, cookies, coffee, tea.

Feminist Friday 28 October 2011

1:30 – 3:30  Osgoode Faculty Common Room 2027

Professor Shelley Gavigan
Something Old, Something New? Re-theorizing Patriarchal Relations and Privatization from the Outskirts of Family Law

Professor Carys Craig
What’s Feminist about Open Access? A Relational Approach to Copyright in the Academy†

Professor Stephanie Ben-Ishai
Debtor Assistance & Debt Advice: The Role of the Canadian Credit Counseling Industry*

 

The Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode aims to create a “community of interest” for feminist faculty and students at the law school.
Other Events, New Books, News, Commentary http://ifls.osgoode.yorku.ca IFLS on Twitter @OsgoodeIFLS Questions? Please contact Lielle Gonsalves, Administrator of IFLS x55586

* (co-author Professor Saul Schwartz, Carleton School of Public Policy & Administration)
† (co authors Professor Rosemary Coombe & Joseph Turcotte – may attend)

Feminist Friday October 28, 130 to 330

Come and hear three of Osgoode’s feminist scholars discuss their latest work. See how feminism provides critical tools to researchers across divergent subject areas, broaden your general knowledge, pique your interest, and meet faculty and students. Also on offer: banana bread, cheese, cookies, coffee, tea.

Feminist Friday 28 October 2011

1:30 – 3:30  Osgoode Faculty Common Room 2027

Professor Shelley Gavigan
Something Old, Something New? Re-theorizing Patriarchal Relations and Privatization from the Outskirts of Family Law

Professor Carys Craig
What’s Feminist about Open Access? A Relational Approach to Copyright in the Academy†

Professor Stephanie Ben-Ishai
Debtor Assistance & Debt Advice: The Role of the Canadian Credit Counseling Industry*

 

The Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode aims to create a “community of interest” for feminist faculty and students at the law school.
Other Events, New Books, News, Commentary http://ifls.osgoode.yorku.ca IFLS on Twitter @OsgoodeIFLS Questions? Please contact Lielle Gonsalves, Administrator of IFLS x55586

* (co-author Professor Saul Schwartz, Carleton School of Public Policy & Administration)
† (co authors Professor Rosemary Coombe & Joseph Turcotte – may attend)