Folklore | Contesting Culture as Property
F804 | 26130 | Jackson


Meets with CULS-C 701.  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 commodification 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.