Folklore | Contesting Culture as Property
F804 | 27714 | Jackson


At a global scale, cultural forms, practices and knowledges are
rapidly being recast as forms of property, subject to regimes of
legal control in a market context.  Around the world, indigenous
peoples, local communities, and nation-states are all increasingly
framing “their” cultural heritages in terms borrowed from modern,
western intellectual property systems.  Such developments are playing
out in many domains of special interest to folklorists,
ethnomusicologists and anthropologists.  This seminar will survey the
debates that are arising from these shifts and will look at the
factors contributing to the commoditization of heritage culture.
Central to this project will be tracking the present-day fates of the
types of expressive culture that have been of long-standing interest
to ethnographers.