April 12, 2006

Scholars from around the world to gather at case school of law to investigate concept of invention

Conference organized by Society for Critical Exchange will foster dialogue across disciplines


With the continuing growth of worldwide trade and the proliferation of the Internet, the concept of intellectual property has become an issue of vital concern in many fields and disciplines. Once largely the province of lawyers and legal scholars, now it is important in areas such as art, literature, music, science and technology. However, the growing study of intellectual property has not been followed by dialogue across disciplines about issues of common concern.

Approximately 100 scholars from North America, Europe and Australia will gather at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law later this month for a conference designed to foster that dialogue. The conference, "Con/texts of Invention," will take place April 21-23. It is being convened by the Society for Critical Exchange, a national organization devoted to collaborative interdisciplinary scholarship in theory. Co-sponsors include the Case School of Law's Center for Law, Technology, and the Arts, the Case Department of English, Harvard University's History of Science Department, the Washington College of Law at American University, and the Morris Fishbein Center for the History of Science and Medicine at the University of Chicago.

Gerald Korngold, dean and McCurdy Professor of Law, noted that the conference will continue the line of inquiry begun at a groundbreaking conference, "Authorship and Intellectual Property" which the law school hosted in 1991. "We are very pleased to again be the venue for pursuit of this important field of intellectual inquiry by a distinguished group of international scholars," he said.

As a working conference, "Con/texts of Invention" will not be open to the public, but the university community may attend sessions for free with a Case ID. Limited space will also be available for a charge at the social events.

Among the general topics to be addressed will be "Personhood, The Body and Intellectual Property," "Open Source, Free Software, Creative Commons," "What Is An Author Now," "Interrogating Key Concepts," and "Networks of Invention." The conference will also include a trip to Milan, Ohio, the birthplace of Thomas Alva Edison and of Isaac W. Hoover, creator of the Potato Digger and other potato-related innovations.

To learn more or to reserve space at the conference or a social event contact Dawn Richards at dawn.richards@case.edu or (216) 368-5135.

For more information: Jeff Bendix 216-368-6070.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, April 12, 2006 02:51 PM | News Topics: College of Arts and Sciences, Conferences/Symposia, Events, HeadlinesMain, School of Law

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