The Crisis of Intellectual Property

Seminar Center for Global Humanities Lecture/Seminar Series

Adrian Johns

Professor of History and Chair of the Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, University of Chicago

A crisis of intellectual property looms in several key areas of today’s information economy. In pharmaceuticals and agriculture conflicts over patenting rage, while in the realm of digital media intellectual property rights and their policing provoke ferocious debates. The seminar will put this crisis into historical context, examining how intellectual property came into being in the first place, why it is now so controversial, and what may happen to it in the future.

Biography

Adrian Johns is Professor of History and Chair of the Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science at the University of Chicago. He is interested in the history of the sciences; history of the book and media; intellectual piracy and property from the Renaissance to the present. He is author of, among other works, : PThe Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making (1998) and Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates (2010). The latter book addresses the history of intellectual property and its enemies from the early modern period to the present, arguing that today’s conflicts over IP are deeply rooted in the development of modern political and cultural systems.

Assigned Reading

Adrian Johns, Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates (University of Chicago Press, 2010)

Reception

A reception will be held at 5pm at the UNE Art Gallery

Sponsors

Center for Global Humanities

Contact

cgh@une.edu

(207) 221-4335

Apr252011
6:00 PM
WCHP Lecture Hall

Portland Campus

Free and open to the public