2015 IP/Gender Call for Papers


Abstracts and CV Due: August 25, 2014
Applicants Notified:  September 8, 2014
Drafts Due for Circulation: January 5, 2015
Event Date: February 27, 2015


The Women and the Law Program and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property of American University Washington College of Law announce a Call for Papers for the Eleventh Annual IP/Gender Symposium.   This year, we will engage in a broad discussion “Reimagining IP/Gender:  The Next Ten Years of Feminist Engagement with Intellectual Property Law.”  The symposium will take place in Washington, DC on February 27, 2015.

Rather than focus discussion on particular cultural practice, such as the creation and dissemination of fan fiction or the stewardship of traditional knowledge,  this year, we seek papers and projects that address the full spectrum of feminist/queer theory and all aspects of intellectual property and information law.  We encourage submissions from scholars, creators and activists who have not yet engaged with intellectual property law to explore how this legal space might open up new insights regarding the production of knowledge, commodification, definition and valuation of women’s work, and other areas of feminist and queer inquiry.  We also hope to spur intellectual property scholars to explore how the tools of deliberately intersectional feminist and queer theory can shed new light on the challenge of creating intellectual property law that fosters social justice.

Accepted papers will be considered for publication in the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy, and the Law in a special symposium volume.

Possible topics include, but are in no way limited to the following:

  • The role played by gender in collaborative creation and the assignment of inventorship
  • How gender, particularly in colonial, post-colonial and “development” contexts, shapes and is shaped by the regulation and valuation of traditional cultural expression and traditional knowledge
  • The power of informal regulation of knowledge and knowledge transmission in communities of practice
  • Feminist insights into spaces in which creativity, invention and innovation might be better fostered without the intervention of IP law
  • Mapping the intersections of administrative and regulatory apparatuses that police both the boundaries of gender and of IP
  • How gendered understandings of teaching and learning shape the commodification of knowledge, knowledge production, and knowledge transmission
  • How gender plays out in the regulation of user-created content, such as that created in fan fiction, knitting, or other communities of practice
  • The role of gender in genre fiction, including explorations of differential legal treatment of authors in various genres depending on perceptions of gendered authorship or readership
  • The impact of intellectual property law and policy on gender-related imbalances in wealth, access to cultural resources, political power, and social control
  • Gender and creative production
  • The impact of stereotyping and the feminization and masculinization of participant roles on intellectual property stakeholders
  • Gendered development of IP doctrines and doctrinal categories
  • Feminist insights about the teaching and practice of intellectual property law

We are interested in projects that relate to specific case studies, as well as more synthetic studies of these topics.  We also welcome projects that include performance and demonstrations in connection with specific projects or overall themes.  Please visit www.pijip.org/ip-gender/ for a complete list of past presentations.  Proposals from all disciplines, including law, women’s studies, queer studies, education, communication, cultural anthropology, development, medicine, sociology, and the arts are not only welcome, but encouraged.

If you are interested in taking part, please submit a 250-500 word précis of your project, with some indication of where your work on it stands, as well as a current C.V., by August 25, 2014, using this submission form.  We will notify you of whether we will include your proposal in the program no later than September 8, 2014. 

Drafts must be available for circulation to other panelists no later than Monday, January 5, 2015.  If you have any questions about the event or the call for papers, please contact Meredith Jacob at mjacob@wcl.american.edu