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Rosemary Coombe

Department of Anthropology
Department of Social Science

Professor
Canada Research Chair

Office: 2017 Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext: 30157
Email: rcoombe@yorku.ca
Primary website: www.yorku.ca/rcoombe


Coombe's work addresses the cultural, political, and social implications of intellectual and cultural property laws in contexts shaped by neoliberal governmentalities and human rights norms. She is especially interested in international indigenous rights, cultural heritage practice, and postcolonial issues.

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Rosemary J. Coombe is a Tier One Canada Research Chair in Law, Communication and Cultural Studies at York University in Toronto, where she teaches in the Communications and Culture Joint PhD/MA Programme, and is cross-appointed to the Sociolegal Studies and Social and Political Thought Programmes. Prior to being awarded one of the country's first Canada Research Chairs she was Full Professor of Law at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. She holds a joint doctorate from Stanford University in law and anthropology and publishes widely in anthropology, cultural studies and sociolegal theory. All publications are available on her website. Recent publications include: 2013 Dynamic Fair Dealing: Creating Canadian Culture Online (a volume edited with Darren Wershler and Martin Zeilinger). Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013, 464 pages. See http://www.utppublishing.com/Dynamic-Fair-Dealing-Creating-Canadian-Culture-Online.html 2013 “Intellectual Property, Human Rights, and Sovereignty: New Dilemmas in International Law Posed by the Recognition of Indigenous Knowledge and the Conservation of Biodiversity” in Laurence Helfer, ed., Intellectual Property and Human Rights (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Press). 2013 “The Properties of Culture and the Politics of Possessing Identity: Native Claims in the Cultural Appropriation Controversy.” In James A. R. Nafiziger, ed., Cultural Heritage Law (a volume in the International Law series edited by Dinah Shelton. (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Press) 2013 “Social, Cultural and Political Implications of Intellectual Property” (with Joseph F. Turcotte). In UNESCO-EOLSS Joint Committee, eds., Culture, Civilization and Human Society. A volume in the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO, Eolss Publishers, Oxford, UK. Available online at: http://www.eolss.net 2013 “Three Peters and an Obsession with Pierre: Intellectual Property in John Greyson's Un©ut” (with Martin Zeilinger). In Brenda Longfellow, Scott MacKenzie & Thomas Waugh, eds., The Perils of Pedagogy: The Works of John Greyson (Montreal: McGill Queens University Press) 438-449. 2012 “Managing Cultural Heritage as Neoliberal Governmentality,” in Regina Bendix, Aditya Eggert, Arnika Peselmann, and Sven Mißling, eds., Heritage Regimes and the State. Göttingen Studies on Cultural Property. Volume 5. (Göttingen: Göttingen University Press) , 375-389. 2012 “Indigenous Cultural Heritage in Development and Trade: Perspectives from the Dynamics of Cultural Heritage Law and Policy” (with Joseph F. Turcotte). In C. Graber, K. Kuprecht and J. Lai (eds.) International Trade in Indigenous Cultural Heritage (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar), 211-236. 2011 “Bordering Diversity and Desire: Using Intellectual Property to Mark Place-based Products in Commerce” (with Nicole Aylwin). Environment and Planning A: Society and Space 43(9): 2027-2042. 2011 “Cultural Agencies: ‘Constructing’ Community Subjects and their Rights,” in Mario Biagioli, Peter Jaszi, and Martha Woodmansee, eds., Making and Unmaking Intellectual Property (Chicago: University of Chicago Press) 79-98. 2011 “Possessing Culture: Political Economies of Community Subjects and their Properties,” in Mark Busse & Veronica Strang, eds., Ownership and Appropriation (London: Berg Publishers) 105-127. 2010 “Honing a Critical Cultural Studies of Human Rights” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 7 (3): 230-246. Recent public lectures include:

Degrees

J.S.D./Ph.D. (Doctor of the Science of Law/Minor in Anthropology), Stanford University
J.S.M. (Master of the Science of Law), Stanford University
LL.B. (With Great Distinction) Highest standing in graduating class, University of Western Ontario
B.A. (Honors) Anthropology/Political Science, University of Western Ontario

Professional Leadership

2001-13 Canada Research Chair in Law, Communication, and Culture – York University. Tier One Chair (highest level position in Canada awarded by the federal government to “experienced individuals acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their research fields.” 2013-5 Adjunct Professor II, Norwegian University of Science& Technology. Department of Social Anthropology (appointed “to raise the theoretical level of ambition and increase the scientific publication activities of the department” with specific responsibility for research in the field of Social Anthropology). 2012 Visiting Scholar -- Department of Anthropology, Stanford University, October–December. 2011 Resident Fellow, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (January 19-March 19). 2009-12 Inaugural Faculty Convenor and continuing Faculty Workshop Leader, Culture, Rights, Identity: Interfaces between the Humanities and the Law; Convergences: Law, Language and Culture, Synergies: Law, Language and Culture; Correlations: Law and Culture, the International Summer School at the Institute for English & American Studies, Osnabruck University, Germany. 2009 Visiting Scholar, “The Constituting of Cultural Property: Actors, Discourses, Contexts, Rules.” Research Group funded by the Deutsche Forschengsgemeinschaft, Institut für Kulturanthropologie/Europäische Ethnologie, Georg-August-Universitat, Gottingen, Germany, May 11 to July 19. RESEARCH GRANTS (externally awarded) 2013 Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage (IPinCH) MCRI funded grant. Winner of SSHRC Impact Award for the Partnership Grant having achieved the greatest impact on society. (Co-investigator) 2012-5 “The Cultural Logic of Facts and Figures: Objectification, Measurement and Standardization as Social Processes.” Norwegian Research Council. (8 million kroner; $2.7 million). Tord Larsen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Principal Investigator and Project Manager. (Co-investigator) 2011 Conference Grant awarded to host “Vernacular, Customary and Conventional Laws for Protecting Cultural Heritage; Fragmentation or Pluralism in the Multiversity?” ($14,804) awarded by Simon Fraser University MCRI IPinCH project. 2010-13 SSHRC General Research Grant ($72, 350). The Politics of Scale: Mapping the Transnational Policy Field of Cultural Rights. Ranked 3 of 141.

Community Contributions

Coombe works with an international group of scholars supporting community-based and community-driven heritage research in support of self-determination. She sits on multiple editorial boards and is active in the Political and Legal Anthropology Association. Recent Public lectures include: “Making Culture Legible: Archives and Indicators as Heritage Technologies” (with Eugenia Kisin). Cultural Logic of Facts and Figures Symposium, Department of Social Anthropology, Norwegian University of Technology and Science, October 26, 2013. “Law and Culture: Crossing Borders.” Keynote lecture. External Perspectives on Law: Designing a Research Masters for a New Era. Leiden School of Law, Netherlands, September 9, 2013. “Marks Indicating Indigenous Means of Production?” Indigenous Peoples, Cultural Commodification, and Self-Determination, Liu Centre for Global Issues, University of British Columbia, May 2, 2013. “Cultural Policy from Below: Civil Society and the ‘Cultural Commons’”. Globalization and Cultural Policy Symposium, York Centre for Law and Public Policy, April 9, 2013. “Minding your Difference: Heritage Politics and Governmentality.” The Victoria Colloquium in Political, Social and Legal Theory, University of Victoria, March 8, 2013. “Standardizing Diversity: Neoliberal Technologies for Mapping, Marking and Marketing Cultural Difference.” Faculty Colloquium, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University, December 3. “Dynamic Fair Dealing: Asserting the Practice of User’s Rights in Canada.” Faculty of Law, Intellectual Property Scholar’s Group, Univ. of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, October 30, 2012. “Standardizing Difference: Marks Indicating Conditions of Origin and the Demands of Neoliberal Governmentality.” Brand New Worlds Conference, UC Davis, October 5, 2012. “Standardize Your Diversity: The Governmentality of Culture and its Limits”. Heritage Studies, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, November 1, 2012; Department of Anthropology, University College London, United Kingdom, May 9, 2012; Department of Anthropology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, May 14, 2012.

Research Interests

Law and Justice , Cultural, political, and social implications of intellectual property laws, Communications and Culture
Books

Publication
Year

The Cultural Life of Intellectual Properties: Authorship, Appropriation and the Law. (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1998) 462 pp. Reprinted in 2008.

2008

Book Chapters

Publication
Year

2009 “A Broken Record: Subjecting ‘Music’ to Cultural Rights,” (with Elizabeth B. Coleman and Fiona MacAlrault) in James C. Young and Conrad Brunck, eds., Ethics of Cultural Appropriation (London: Blackwell) 179-210.

2009

2009 “Digital Media and the Informational Politics of Appropriation,” (with David Meurer) in Atopia Projects, eds., Lifting: “Theft” in Art. (Aberdeen, UK: Peacock Visual Arts) 20-27.

2009

2009 “First Nations’ Intangible Cultural Heritage Concerns: Prospects for Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions in International Law,” in Catherine Bell & Robert Paterson, eds., Protection of First Nations’ Cultural Heritage: Laws, Policy and Reform (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press) 247-277.

2009

2009 “Indigenous Cultural Heritage Rights in International Human Rights Law” (with Mohsen al atar Ahmed and Nicole Aylwin) in Catherine Bell and Robert Paterson, eds., Protection of First Nations’ Cultural Heritage: Laws, Policy and Reform (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press) 311-342

2009

Excerpts were published online for critique and commentary invited by Lifting, an online anthology created by Atopia Projects (2007) in conjunction with their curated exhibition of art Lifting: Theft in Art, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, UK. 25 August – 29 September, 2007.

2007

“Authorizing the Celebrity: Engendering Alternative Identities,” was reprinted as Chapter 40 in P. David Marshall, ed., The Celebrity Culture Reader (New York: Routledge, 2006).

2006

2005 “Bearing Cultural Distinction: Informational Capital and New Expectations for Intellectual Property” (with Steven Schnoor and Mohsen al atar Ahmed) in J. Brinkhof and F. Willem Grosheide, eds., Articles in Intellectual Property: Crossing Boundaries (Antwerp: Intersentia) 191-211.
Reprinted in “Intellectual Property and Social Justice” Symposium Issue. University of California-Davis Law Review 40(3): 891-917 (2007).

2005

2005 “Making Music in the Soundscapes of the Law.” Foreword to Joanna Demers’ Musical Appropriation, Musical Meaning, and the Law (Athens: University of Georgia Press) i-xii.

2005

2005 “Protecting Cultural Industries to Promote Cultural Diversity: Dilemmas for International Policy-making Posed by the Recognition of Traditional Knowledge” in K. Maskus and J. Reichman, eds., International Public Goods and Transfer of Technology Under a Globalized Intellectual Property Regime (Cambridge University Press) 599-614.
Reprinted in V. V. Ramani and A. V. Bala Krishana, eds., Cultural Industries: Perspectives and Experiences (Hyderabad: ICfai University Press, 2008) 45-64.

2005

“Objects of Politics and Subjects of Property” and “Authorizing the Celebrity Persona” were reprinted in Sally Falk Moore, ed., Anthropology and Law: A Reader (London: Basil Blackwell, 2005) pp. 113-123.

2005

2004 “Commodity Culture, Private Censorship, Branded Environnments, and Global Trade Politics: Intellectual Property as a Topic of Law and Society Research” in Austin Sarat, ed., The Blackwell Companion to Law and Society (Malden, MA: Basil Blackwell) 369-391.

2004

2003 “Works in Progress: Indigenous Knowledge, Biological Diversity and Intellectual Property in a Neoliberal Era” in Richard W. Perry and William Maurer, eds., Globalization Under Construction: Governmentality, Law and Identity (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press) 273-314.

2003

2001 “Preserving Cultural Diversity through the Preservation of Biological Diversity: Indigenous Peoples, Local Communities, and the Role of Digital Technologies” in Tony Bennett, ed., Differing Diversities: Transversal Study on the Theme of Cultural Policy and Cultural Diversity (Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing) 169-200.

2001

1999 “Sports Trademarks and Somatic Politics: Locating the Law in a Critical Cultural Studies,” in Randy Martin & Toby Miller, eds., SportCult (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press) 262-288.
• Reprinted in D. Goldberg, M. Musheno and L. Bower, eds., Between Law and Culture: Relocating Legal Studies (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2001) 22-49.

1999

1998 “Contingent Articulations: A Critical Cultural Studies of Law,” in Austin Sarat and Tom Kearns, eds., Law in the Domain of Culture (University of Michigan Press) 21-64.

1998

1997 “The Demonic Place of the Not-There: Trademark Rumors in the Imaginary Spaces of Postindustriality,” in James Ferguson and Akhil Gupta, eds., Culture, Power, Place: Explorations in Critical Anthropology (Durham: Duke University Press) 249-274.

1997

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

2008 “Rethinking Creativity and Value,” Review of Johanna Gibson, Creating Selves: Intellectual Property and the Narration of Culture (Dartmouth: Ashgate, 2006). Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice 3 (12): 804.

2008

2003 Review of Carol Greenhouse (with Roshanak Kheshti), Democracy and Ethnography (Albany: SUNY Press, 1998). American Ethnologist 30: 625-6.

2003

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

2009 “The Expanding Purview of Cultural Properties and their Politics.” Annual Review of Law and Social Sciences 5: 393-412.
• Translated and reprinted as “Der zunehmende Geltungsbereich von Cultural Properties und ihrer Politik.” In: R. Bendix, K. Bizer, S. Groth, eds. Die Konstituierung von Cultural Property: Forschungsperspektiven. University of Göttingen Press, 2010

2009

2006 “Your Second Life? The Performativity of Intellectual Property in Online Games” (with Andrew Herman and Lewis Kaye). Cultural Studies 20 (2&3): 184-210.
• Reprinted in Pramod K. Nayar, ed., The New Media and Cybercultures Reader (Wiley Blackwell, 2010) 441-464.

2006

“Legal Claims to Culture in and Against the Market: Neoliberalism and the Global Proliferation of Meaningful Difference” Law, Culture and Humanities 1(1): 32-55.
Reprinted in Eve Darien-Smith, ed., Ethnography and Law (a volume in the International Library of Essays in Law and Society, Aldershott: Ashgate Publishing, 2007) 95-115.

2005

2005 “Protecting Traditional Environmental Knowledge and New Social Movements in the Americas: Intellectual Property, Human Right or Claims to an Alternative Form of Sustainable Development?” Florida Journal of International Law 17(1): 115-136.

2005

“The Human Genome Diversity Project: The Politics of Patents at the Intersection of Race, Religion Research Ethics, and Human Rights” (with Bita Amani). 27 Law and Policy 27 (1): 152-188 (Special issue on Law, Technology and Development).
• Reprinted in William Gallagher, ed., Intellectual Property (a volume in the International Library of Essays in Law and Society, Aldershott: Ashgate Publishing, 2007) 479-518.

2005

2004 “Rhetorical Virtues: Property, Speech and the Commons on the world-wide Web” (With Andrew Herman). Anthropology Quarterly 77: 559-574.

2004

2003 “Fear, Hope, and Longing for the Future of Authorship and a Revitalized Public Domain in Global Regimes of Intellectual Property.” De Paul Law Review 52: 171-1191.

2003

2001 “Culture Wars on the Net: Trademarks, Consumer Politics and Corporate Accountability on the World Wide Web.” South Atlantic Quarterly 100: 919 - 947 (co-authored with Andrew Herman). Special issue on “Culture and the Law” edited by Gaurav Desai.
• Reprinted in William T. Gallagher, ed., Intellectual Property (a volume in the International Library of Essays in Law and Society, Aldershott: Ashgate Publishing, 2007) 579-608.

2001

2001 “The Recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ and Community Traditional Knowledge in International Law.” St. Thomas Law Review 14: 275-285.

2001

2000 “Trademarks, Property, and Propriety: The Moral Economy of Consumer Politics and Corporate Accountability on the World Wide Web.” De Paul Law Review 50: 597-632. (coauthored with Andrew Herman)

2000

1999 “The Law and Late Modern Culture: Reflections on Between Facts and Norms from the Perspective of a Critical Cultural Legal Studies” (with Jonathan Cohen). Symposium Issue on Jurgen Habermas. University of Denver Law Review 76: 1029-1055.

1999

1998 “Critical Cultural Legal Studies.” Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities 10: 463-486.

1998

1998 “Intellectual Property, Human Rights, and Sovereignty: New Dilemmas in International Law Posed by the Recognition of Indigenous Knowledge and the Conservation of Biodiversity” Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 6 (1): 59-115.

1998

1997 “En/gendering and Identifying the Forms of Emergent Civil Societies: New Directions in Political Anthropology.” Guest-editor's introduction to a special issue on Civil Society in Postcolonial Contexts. PoLAR: Political & Legal Anthropology Review 20: 1-12.

1997

1996 “Authorial Cartographies: Mapping Proprietary Borders in a Less Than Brave New World.” Stanford Law Review 48(5): 1357-1366.

1996

1996 “Embodied Trademarks: Mimesis & Alterity on American Commercial Frontiers.” Cultural Anthropology 11(2): 202-224.

1996

1996 “Left Out on the Information Highway.” Oregon Law Review 75: 237-247.

1996

1995 “Marking Difference in American Commerce: Trademarks and Alterity at Century's Ends.” Canadian Journal of Law & Society 10(2): 109-128.
• Reprinted in POLAR: Political & Legal Anthropology Review 19(1): 105-116 (1996).

1995

1995 “The Cultural Life of Things: Anthropological Approaches to Law and Society in Conditions of Globalization.” American University Journal of International Law and Policy 10(2): 91-836.
• Reprinted in Alexandra George, ed., Globalisation and Intellectual Property (a volume in the International Library of Essays on Globalization and Law Series. Aldershott: Ashgate Publishing, 2006) 590-610.
• Abbreviated version reprinted in Nicholas Blomley, David Delaney, and Richard T. Ford, eds., The Legal Geographies Reader (Oxford and Malden, MA: Basil Blackwell, 2001) 298-318.

1995

1994 “Challenging Paternity: Histories of Copyright.” Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities 6: 397-422.

1994

1994 “X Marks the Spot: The Ambiguities of African Trading in the Commerce of the Black Public Sphere.” Public Culture: Society for Transnational Studies 7 (2): 249-274 (with Paul Stoller).
• Reprinted in The Public Sphere Collective, ed., The Black Public Sphere (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995) 253-278.

1994

1993 “Cultural and Intellectual Property: Occupying the Colonial Imagination.” POLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review 16 (1): 8 - 16.
• Reprinted in P. Drahos, ed., Intellectual Property a volume in the International Library of Essays in Legal Thought and Legal Theory series (Aldershot: Dartmouth Publishing, 1999) 171-180.

1993

1993 “Tactics of Appropriation and the Politics of Recognition in Late Modern Democracies.” Political Theory: An International Journal of Political Philosophy 21 (3): 411 - 433.

1993

1993 “The Properties of Culture and the Politics of Possessing Identity: Native Claims in the Cultural Appropriation Controversy.” Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 6 (2): 249 - 285.
• Reprinted in Elspeth Cameron ed., Multiculturalism & Immigration in Canada: An Introductory Reader (Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press, 2004) 133-158.
• Abbreviated version reprinted in Karen Engle and Dan Danielson, eds., After Identity: A Reader in Law and Culture (New York: Routledge, 1995) 251-272.
• Another abbreviation reprinted in Bruce Ziff, ed., Borrowed Power: Issues of Cultural Appropriation (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1997) 75-96.
• Abbreviated in Patty Girstenblith ed., Art, Cultural Heritage and the Law (Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2004) 541-545 and in the Second Edition (2008) 596-99.

1993

1992 “Author/izing the Celebrity: Publicity Rights, Postmodern Politics, and Unauthorized Genders.” Special issue titled “Intellectual Property and the Construction of Authorship.” Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal 10: 365 - 395.
• Reprinted in Martha Woodmansee and Peter Jaszi, eds., The Construction of Authorship: Textual Appropriations in Law and Literature (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1994) 101 - 131.
• Reprinted in Peter Yu, ed., The Marketplace of Ideas: Twenty Years of the Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal (New York: Kluwer International, 2002) 236-266.
• Reprinted in W. Gallagher, ed., Intellectual Property (a volume in the International Library of Essays in Law and Society, Ashgate 2007) 519-550.

1992

1992 “Publicity Rights and Political Aspiration: Mass Culture, Gender Identity and Democracy.” New England Law Review 26 (4): 1221-1280 (1992).

1992

1992 “The Celebrity Image and Cultural Identity: Publicity Rights and the Subaltern Politics of Gender.” Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media & Culture 14(3): 59 – 88 (1992).
• Reprinted in Toby Miller, ed., The Contemporary Hollywood Reader (Routledge 2009) 453-471.

1992

1991 “Beyond Modernity's Meanings: Engaging the Postmodern in Cultural Anthropology.” Culture: Journal of the Canadian Anthropology Society 11(1): 111- 124.

1991

1991 “Contesting the Self: Negotiating Subjectivities in Nineteenth Century Ontario Defamation Trials.” Studies in Law, Politics and Society 11: 3-40.

1991

1991 “Encountering the Postmodern: New Directions in Cultural Anthropology.” Symposium issue titled “Cultural Studies in Canada: Sociological and Anthropological Perspectives” Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology 28: 188-205.

1991

1991 “Objects of Property and Subjects of Politics: Intellectual Property Laws and Democratic Dialogue.” Texas Law Review 69: 1853 - 1880.
• Reprinted in Dennis Patterson ed., Postmodernism and Law, in The International Library of Essays in Legal Theory (Dartmouth, 1993) 275-302.
• Reprinted in Alan Freeman and Elizabeth Mensch, eds., Essays in Property. Volume II (Dartmouth, 1992) 415-442.
• Abbreviated for inclusion in M. La France, G. Myers, and D. Lange, eds., Intellectual Property (West Publishing, 1997).

1991

1991 “The Potential for an Interdisciplinary Approach to Intellectual Property Scholarship.” Introduction to a special issue of my student’s essays Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Intellectual Property Issues. Intellectual Property Journal 6: 265-269.

1991

1990 “Barren Ground: Reconceiving Honour and Shame in the Field of Mediterranean Ethnography.” Anthropologica 32: 221-238.

1990

1989 “Room for Manoeuver: Toward a Theory of Practice in Critical Legal Studies.” Law & Social Inquiry: Journal of the American Bar Foundation 14(1): 69-121.

1989

1989 “Same As It Ever Was: Rethinking the Politics of Legal Interpretation.” McGill Law Journal 34: 603-652.

1989

1988 “' The Most Disgusting, Disgraceful and Inequitous Proceeding in our Law': The Action for Breach of Promise of Marriage in Nineteenth Century Ontario.” University of Toronto Law Journal 38: 64-108.

1988

Conference Proceedings

Publication
Year

2005 “Intellectual Properties and the Limits of Human Rights Categories: Claiming Cultural Rights in Neoliberal Environments,” in “The Not Quite Publics and the Public Domain” Panel in Contested Commons, Trespassing Publics: A Public Record (Delhi: Centre for the Study of Developing Societies) 10-16.

2005

2000 “Preserving Cultural Diversity through the Preservation of Biological Diversity” in Fiona Miller, et. al. eds., The Gender of Genetic Futures: The Canadian Biotechnology Strategy, Women and Health (National Network on Environments and Women’s Health Working Paper Series, September) 133-161.

2000

1999 “Culture: Anthropology's Old Vice or International Law's New Virtue?” Proceedings of the American Society for International Law Annual Meetings 79: 261-270.

1999

Policy Papers

Publication
Year

Expert’s Report on The Crucible Group, “Seeding Solutions: Policy Options for Plant Genetic Resources” for the International Development Research Centre, July, 2000.25pp

2000

2000 “Preserving Cultural Diversity through the Preservation of Biological Diversity: Indigenous Peoples, Local Communities, and the Role of Digital Technologies.” A research report commissioned by the Cultural Policy Division of the Council of Europe, July, 2000. 48 pp.

2000

1998 “The Protection of Indigenous Knowledge under the Convention on Biological Diversity: The International Human Rights Framework and Canadian Policy Options.” Prepared for the Intellectual Property Policy Directorate, Industry Canada, May 1998. 280 pp.

1998

Forthcoming

Publication
Year

2010 “Cultural Agencies: ‘Constructing’ Community Subjects and their Rights,” in Mario Biagioli, Peter Jaszi, and Martha Woodmansee, eds., Making and Unmaking Intellectual Property (Chicago: University of Chicago Press). 30 page ms accepted, reviewed, under contract.

2010

2010 “Honing a Critical Cultural Studies of Human Rights” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies special issue on Human Rights. 32 page manuscript submitted and accepted by editor; peer reviewed, under revision

2010

2010 “Intellectual Property Issues in Heritage Management Part 2: Legal Dimensions, Ethical Considerations, and Collaborative Research Practices,” Journal of Heritage Management (with George Nicholas, Catherine Bell, John Welch, Brian Noble, Jane Anderson, Kelly Bannister, and Joe Watkins). 30 page manuscript submitted and accepted.

2010

2010 “Marks Indicating Conditions of Origin in Rights-based and Sustainable Development,” (with Nicole Aylwin) in Per Zumbansen & Ruth Buchanan, eds., Human Rights, Development and Restorative Justice: An Osgoode Reader (Oxford: Hart Publishing). 26 page ms. submitted.

2010

2010 “Owning Culture: Political Economies of Community Subjects and their Properties,” in Mark Busse and Veronica Strang, eds., Ownership and Appropriation (Berg Publishers). 32 page ms. accepted, reviewed, under contract.

2010



Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2021 GS/SLST6028 3.0 M Neoliberalism: Governmentality SEMR
Winter 2021 GS/ANTH5180 3.0 M Commodifying Culture SEMR


Coombe's work addresses the cultural, political, and social implications of intellectual and cultural property laws in contexts shaped by neoliberal governmentalities and human rights norms. She is especially interested in international indigenous rights, cultural heritage practice, and postcolonial issues.

Rosemary J. Coombe is a Tier One Canada Research Chair in Law, Communication and Cultural Studies at York University in Toronto, where she teaches in the Communications and Culture Joint PhD/MA Programme, and is cross-appointed to the Sociolegal Studies and Social and Political Thought Programmes. Prior to being awarded one of the country's first Canada Research Chairs she was Full Professor of Law at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. She holds a joint doctorate from Stanford University in law and anthropology and publishes widely in anthropology, cultural studies and sociolegal theory. All publications are available on her website. Recent publications include: 2013 Dynamic Fair Dealing: Creating Canadian Culture Online (a volume edited with Darren Wershler and Martin Zeilinger). Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013, 464 pages. See http://www.utppublishing.com/Dynamic-Fair-Dealing-Creating-Canadian-Culture-Online.html 2013 “Intellectual Property, Human Rights, and Sovereignty: New Dilemmas in International Law Posed by the Recognition of Indigenous Knowledge and the Conservation of Biodiversity” in Laurence Helfer, ed., Intellectual Property and Human Rights (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Press). 2013 “The Properties of Culture and the Politics of Possessing Identity: Native Claims in the Cultural Appropriation Controversy.” In James A. R. Nafiziger, ed., Cultural Heritage Law (a volume in the International Law series edited by Dinah Shelton. (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Press) 2013 “Social, Cultural and Political Implications of Intellectual Property” (with Joseph F. Turcotte). In UNESCO-EOLSS Joint Committee, eds., Culture, Civilization and Human Society. A volume in the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO, Eolss Publishers, Oxford, UK. Available online at: http://www.eolss.net 2013 “Three Peters and an Obsession with Pierre: Intellectual Property in John Greyson's Un©ut” (with Martin Zeilinger). In Brenda Longfellow, Scott MacKenzie & Thomas Waugh, eds., The Perils of Pedagogy: The Works of John Greyson (Montreal: McGill Queens University Press) 438-449. 2012 “Managing Cultural Heritage as Neoliberal Governmentality,” in Regina Bendix, Aditya Eggert, Arnika Peselmann, and Sven Mißling, eds., Heritage Regimes and the State. Göttingen Studies on Cultural Property. Volume 5. (Göttingen: Göttingen University Press) , 375-389. 2012 “Indigenous Cultural Heritage in Development and Trade: Perspectives from the Dynamics of Cultural Heritage Law and Policy” (with Joseph F. Turcotte). In C. Graber, K. Kuprecht and J. Lai (eds.) International Trade in Indigenous Cultural Heritage (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar), 211-236. 2011 “Bordering Diversity and Desire: Using Intellectual Property to Mark Place-based Products in Commerce” (with Nicole Aylwin). Environment and Planning A: Society and Space 43(9): 2027-2042. 2011 “Cultural Agencies: ‘Constructing’ Community Subjects and their Rights,” in Mario Biagioli, Peter Jaszi, and Martha Woodmansee, eds., Making and Unmaking Intellectual Property (Chicago: University of Chicago Press) 79-98. 2011 “Possessing Culture: Political Economies of Community Subjects and their Properties,” in Mark Busse & Veronica Strang, eds., Ownership and Appropriation (London: Berg Publishers) 105-127. 2010 “Honing a Critical Cultural Studies of Human Rights” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 7 (3): 230-246. Recent public lectures include:

Degrees

J.S.D./Ph.D. (Doctor of the Science of Law/Minor in Anthropology), Stanford University
J.S.M. (Master of the Science of Law), Stanford University
LL.B. (With Great Distinction) Highest standing in graduating class, University of Western Ontario
B.A. (Honors) Anthropology/Political Science, University of Western Ontario

Professional Leadership

2001-13 Canada Research Chair in Law, Communication, and Culture – York University. Tier One Chair (highest level position in Canada awarded by the federal government to “experienced individuals acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their research fields.” 2013-5 Adjunct Professor II, Norwegian University of Science& Technology. Department of Social Anthropology (appointed “to raise the theoretical level of ambition and increase the scientific publication activities of the department” with specific responsibility for research in the field of Social Anthropology). 2012 Visiting Scholar -- Department of Anthropology, Stanford University, October–December. 2011 Resident Fellow, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (January 19-March 19). 2009-12 Inaugural Faculty Convenor and continuing Faculty Workshop Leader, Culture, Rights, Identity: Interfaces between the Humanities and the Law; Convergences: Law, Language and Culture, Synergies: Law, Language and Culture; Correlations: Law and Culture, the International Summer School at the Institute for English & American Studies, Osnabruck University, Germany. 2009 Visiting Scholar, “The Constituting of Cultural Property: Actors, Discourses, Contexts, Rules.” Research Group funded by the Deutsche Forschengsgemeinschaft, Institut für Kulturanthropologie/Europäische Ethnologie, Georg-August-Universitat, Gottingen, Germany, May 11 to July 19. RESEARCH GRANTS (externally awarded) 2013 Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage (IPinCH) MCRI funded grant. Winner of SSHRC Impact Award for the Partnership Grant having achieved the greatest impact on society. (Co-investigator) 2012-5 “The Cultural Logic of Facts and Figures: Objectification, Measurement and Standardization as Social Processes.” Norwegian Research Council. (8 million kroner; $2.7 million). Tord Larsen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Principal Investigator and Project Manager. (Co-investigator) 2011 Conference Grant awarded to host “Vernacular, Customary and Conventional Laws for Protecting Cultural Heritage; Fragmentation or Pluralism in the Multiversity?” ($14,804) awarded by Simon Fraser University MCRI IPinCH project. 2010-13 SSHRC General Research Grant ($72, 350). The Politics of Scale: Mapping the Transnational Policy Field of Cultural Rights. Ranked 3 of 141.

Community Contributions

Coombe works with an international group of scholars supporting community-based and community-driven heritage research in support of self-determination. She sits on multiple editorial boards and is active in the Political and Legal Anthropology Association. Recent Public lectures include: “Making Culture Legible: Archives and Indicators as Heritage Technologies” (with Eugenia Kisin). Cultural Logic of Facts and Figures Symposium, Department of Social Anthropology, Norwegian University of Technology and Science, October 26, 2013. “Law and Culture: Crossing Borders.” Keynote lecture. External Perspectives on Law: Designing a Research Masters for a New Era. Leiden School of Law, Netherlands, September 9, 2013. “Marks Indicating Indigenous Means of Production?” Indigenous Peoples, Cultural Commodification, and Self-Determination, Liu Centre for Global Issues, University of British Columbia, May 2, 2013. “Cultural Policy from Below: Civil Society and the ‘Cultural Commons’”. Globalization and Cultural Policy Symposium, York Centre for Law and Public Policy, April 9, 2013. “Minding your Difference: Heritage Politics and Governmentality.” The Victoria Colloquium in Political, Social and Legal Theory, University of Victoria, March 8, 2013. “Standardizing Diversity: Neoliberal Technologies for Mapping, Marking and Marketing Cultural Difference.” Faculty Colloquium, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University, December 3. “Dynamic Fair Dealing: Asserting the Practice of User’s Rights in Canada.” Faculty of Law, Intellectual Property Scholar’s Group, Univ. of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, October 30, 2012. “Standardizing Difference: Marks Indicating Conditions of Origin and the Demands of Neoliberal Governmentality.” Brand New Worlds Conference, UC Davis, October 5, 2012. “Standardize Your Diversity: The Governmentality of Culture and its Limits”. Heritage Studies, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, November 1, 2012; Department of Anthropology, University College London, United Kingdom, May 9, 2012; Department of Anthropology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, May 14, 2012.

Research Interests

Law and Justice , Cultural, political, and social implications of intellectual property laws, Communications and Culture

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

2009 “A Broken Record: Subjecting ‘Music’ to Cultural Rights,” (with Elizabeth B. Coleman and Fiona MacAlrault) in James C. Young and Conrad Brunck, eds., Ethics of Cultural Appropriation (London: Blackwell) 179-210.

2009

2009 “Digital Media and the Informational Politics of Appropriation,” (with David Meurer) in Atopia Projects, eds., Lifting: “Theft” in Art. (Aberdeen, UK: Peacock Visual Arts) 20-27.

2009

2009 “First Nations’ Intangible Cultural Heritage Concerns: Prospects for Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions in International Law,” in Catherine Bell & Robert Paterson, eds., Protection of First Nations’ Cultural Heritage: Laws, Policy and Reform (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press) 247-277.

2009

2009 “Indigenous Cultural Heritage Rights in International Human Rights Law” (with Mohsen al atar Ahmed and Nicole Aylwin) in Catherine Bell and Robert Paterson, eds., Protection of First Nations’ Cultural Heritage: Laws, Policy and Reform (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press) 311-342

2009

Excerpts were published online for critique and commentary invited by Lifting, an online anthology created by Atopia Projects (2007) in conjunction with their curated exhibition of art Lifting: Theft in Art, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, UK. 25 August – 29 September, 2007.

2007

“Authorizing the Celebrity: Engendering Alternative Identities,” was reprinted as Chapter 40 in P. David Marshall, ed., The Celebrity Culture Reader (New York: Routledge, 2006).

2006

2005 “Bearing Cultural Distinction: Informational Capital and New Expectations for Intellectual Property” (with Steven Schnoor and Mohsen al atar Ahmed) in J. Brinkhof and F. Willem Grosheide, eds., Articles in Intellectual Property: Crossing Boundaries (Antwerp: Intersentia) 191-211.
Reprinted in “Intellectual Property and Social Justice” Symposium Issue. University of California-Davis Law Review 40(3): 891-917 (2007).

2005

2005 “Making Music in the Soundscapes of the Law.” Foreword to Joanna Demers’ Musical Appropriation, Musical Meaning, and the Law (Athens: University of Georgia Press) i-xii.

2005

2005 “Protecting Cultural Industries to Promote Cultural Diversity: Dilemmas for International Policy-making Posed by the Recognition of Traditional Knowledge” in K. Maskus and J. Reichman, eds., International Public Goods and Transfer of Technology Under a Globalized Intellectual Property Regime (Cambridge University Press) 599-614.
Reprinted in V. V. Ramani and A. V. Bala Krishana, eds., Cultural Industries: Perspectives and Experiences (Hyderabad: ICfai University Press, 2008) 45-64.

2005

“Objects of Politics and Subjects of Property” and “Authorizing the Celebrity Persona” were reprinted in Sally Falk Moore, ed., Anthropology and Law: A Reader (London: Basil Blackwell, 2005) pp. 113-123.

2005

2004 “Commodity Culture, Private Censorship, Branded Environnments, and Global Trade Politics: Intellectual Property as a Topic of Law and Society Research” in Austin Sarat, ed., The Blackwell Companion to Law and Society (Malden, MA: Basil Blackwell) 369-391.

2004

2003 “Works in Progress: Indigenous Knowledge, Biological Diversity and Intellectual Property in a Neoliberal Era” in Richard W. Perry and William Maurer, eds., Globalization Under Construction: Governmentality, Law and Identity (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press) 273-314.

2003

2001 “Preserving Cultural Diversity through the Preservation of Biological Diversity: Indigenous Peoples, Local Communities, and the Role of Digital Technologies” in Tony Bennett, ed., Differing Diversities: Transversal Study on the Theme of Cultural Policy and Cultural Diversity (Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing) 169-200.

2001

1999 “Sports Trademarks and Somatic Politics: Locating the Law in a Critical Cultural Studies,” in Randy Martin & Toby Miller, eds., SportCult (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press) 262-288.
• Reprinted in D. Goldberg, M. Musheno and L. Bower, eds., Between Law and Culture: Relocating Legal Studies (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2001) 22-49.

1999

1998 “Contingent Articulations: A Critical Cultural Studies of Law,” in Austin Sarat and Tom Kearns, eds., Law in the Domain of Culture (University of Michigan Press) 21-64.

1998

1997 “The Demonic Place of the Not-There: Trademark Rumors in the Imaginary Spaces of Postindustriality,” in James Ferguson and Akhil Gupta, eds., Culture, Power, Place: Explorations in Critical Anthropology (Durham: Duke University Press) 249-274.

1997

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

2008 “Rethinking Creativity and Value,” Review of Johanna Gibson, Creating Selves: Intellectual Property and the Narration of Culture (Dartmouth: Ashgate, 2006). Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice 3 (12): 804.

2008

2003 Review of Carol Greenhouse (with Roshanak Kheshti), Democracy and Ethnography (Albany: SUNY Press, 1998). American Ethnologist 30: 625-6.

2003

Books

Publication
Year

The Cultural Life of Intellectual Properties: Authorship, Appropriation and the Law. (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1998) 462 pp. Reprinted in 2008.

2008

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

2009 “The Expanding Purview of Cultural Properties and their Politics.” Annual Review of Law and Social Sciences 5: 393-412.
• Translated and reprinted as “Der zunehmende Geltungsbereich von Cultural Properties und ihrer Politik.” In: R. Bendix, K. Bizer, S. Groth, eds. Die Konstituierung von Cultural Property: Forschungsperspektiven. University of Göttingen Press, 2010

2009

2006 “Your Second Life? The Performativity of Intellectual Property in Online Games” (with Andrew Herman and Lewis Kaye). Cultural Studies 20 (2&3): 184-210.
• Reprinted in Pramod K. Nayar, ed., The New Media and Cybercultures Reader (Wiley Blackwell, 2010) 441-464.

2006

“Legal Claims to Culture in and Against the Market: Neoliberalism and the Global Proliferation of Meaningful Difference” Law, Culture and Humanities 1(1): 32-55.
Reprinted in Eve Darien-Smith, ed., Ethnography and Law (a volume in the International Library of Essays in Law and Society, Aldershott: Ashgate Publishing, 2007) 95-115.

2005

2005 “Protecting Traditional Environmental Knowledge and New Social Movements in the Americas: Intellectual Property, Human Right or Claims to an Alternative Form of Sustainable Development?” Florida Journal of International Law 17(1): 115-136.

2005

“The Human Genome Diversity Project: The Politics of Patents at the Intersection of Race, Religion Research Ethics, and Human Rights” (with Bita Amani). 27 Law and Policy 27 (1): 152-188 (Special issue on Law, Technology and Development).
• Reprinted in William Gallagher, ed., Intellectual Property (a volume in the International Library of Essays in Law and Society, Aldershott: Ashgate Publishing, 2007) 479-518.

2005

2004 “Rhetorical Virtues: Property, Speech and the Commons on the world-wide Web” (With Andrew Herman). Anthropology Quarterly 77: 559-574.

2004

2003 “Fear, Hope, and Longing for the Future of Authorship and a Revitalized Public Domain in Global Regimes of Intellectual Property.” De Paul Law Review 52: 171-1191.

2003

2001 “Culture Wars on the Net: Trademarks, Consumer Politics and Corporate Accountability on the World Wide Web.” South Atlantic Quarterly 100: 919 - 947 (co-authored with Andrew Herman). Special issue on “Culture and the Law” edited by Gaurav Desai.
• Reprinted in William T. Gallagher, ed., Intellectual Property (a volume in the International Library of Essays in Law and Society, Aldershott: Ashgate Publishing, 2007) 579-608.

2001

2001 “The Recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ and Community Traditional Knowledge in International Law.” St. Thomas Law Review 14: 275-285.

2001

2000 “Trademarks, Property, and Propriety: The Moral Economy of Consumer Politics and Corporate Accountability on the World Wide Web.” De Paul Law Review 50: 597-632. (coauthored with Andrew Herman)

2000

1999 “The Law and Late Modern Culture: Reflections on Between Facts and Norms from the Perspective of a Critical Cultural Legal Studies” (with Jonathan Cohen). Symposium Issue on Jurgen Habermas. University of Denver Law Review 76: 1029-1055.

1999

1998 “Critical Cultural Legal Studies.” Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities 10: 463-486.

1998

1998 “Intellectual Property, Human Rights, and Sovereignty: New Dilemmas in International Law Posed by the Recognition of Indigenous Knowledge and the Conservation of Biodiversity” Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 6 (1): 59-115.

1998

1997 “En/gendering and Identifying the Forms of Emergent Civil Societies: New Directions in Political Anthropology.” Guest-editor's introduction to a special issue on Civil Society in Postcolonial Contexts. PoLAR: Political & Legal Anthropology Review 20: 1-12.

1997

1996 “Authorial Cartographies: Mapping Proprietary Borders in a Less Than Brave New World.” Stanford Law Review 48(5): 1357-1366.

1996

1996 “Embodied Trademarks: Mimesis & Alterity on American Commercial Frontiers.” Cultural Anthropology 11(2): 202-224.

1996

1996 “Left Out on the Information Highway.” Oregon Law Review 75: 237-247.

1996

1995 “Marking Difference in American Commerce: Trademarks and Alterity at Century's Ends.” Canadian Journal of Law & Society 10(2): 109-128.
• Reprinted in POLAR: Political & Legal Anthropology Review 19(1): 105-116 (1996).

1995

1995 “The Cultural Life of Things: Anthropological Approaches to Law and Society in Conditions of Globalization.” American University Journal of International Law and Policy 10(2): 91-836.
• Reprinted in Alexandra George, ed., Globalisation and Intellectual Property (a volume in the International Library of Essays on Globalization and Law Series. Aldershott: Ashgate Publishing, 2006) 590-610.
• Abbreviated version reprinted in Nicholas Blomley, David Delaney, and Richard T. Ford, eds., The Legal Geographies Reader (Oxford and Malden, MA: Basil Blackwell, 2001) 298-318.

1995

1994 “Challenging Paternity: Histories of Copyright.” Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities 6: 397-422.

1994

1994 “X Marks the Spot: The Ambiguities of African Trading in the Commerce of the Black Public Sphere.” Public Culture: Society for Transnational Studies 7 (2): 249-274 (with Paul Stoller).
• Reprinted in The Public Sphere Collective, ed., The Black Public Sphere (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995) 253-278.

1994

1993 “Cultural and Intellectual Property: Occupying the Colonial Imagination.” POLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review 16 (1): 8 - 16.
• Reprinted in P. Drahos, ed., Intellectual Property a volume in the International Library of Essays in Legal Thought and Legal Theory series (Aldershot: Dartmouth Publishing, 1999) 171-180.

1993

1993 “Tactics of Appropriation and the Politics of Recognition in Late Modern Democracies.” Political Theory: An International Journal of Political Philosophy 21 (3): 411 - 433.

1993

1993 “The Properties of Culture and the Politics of Possessing Identity: Native Claims in the Cultural Appropriation Controversy.” Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 6 (2): 249 - 285.
• Reprinted in Elspeth Cameron ed., Multiculturalism & Immigration in Canada: An Introductory Reader (Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press, 2004) 133-158.
• Abbreviated version reprinted in Karen Engle and Dan Danielson, eds., After Identity: A Reader in Law and Culture (New York: Routledge, 1995) 251-272.
• Another abbreviation reprinted in Bruce Ziff, ed., Borrowed Power: Issues of Cultural Appropriation (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1997) 75-96.
• Abbreviated in Patty Girstenblith ed., Art, Cultural Heritage and the Law (Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2004) 541-545 and in the Second Edition (2008) 596-99.

1993

1992 “Author/izing the Celebrity: Publicity Rights, Postmodern Politics, and Unauthorized Genders.” Special issue titled “Intellectual Property and the Construction of Authorship.” Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal 10: 365 - 395.
• Reprinted in Martha Woodmansee and Peter Jaszi, eds., The Construction of Authorship: Textual Appropriations in Law and Literature (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1994) 101 - 131.
• Reprinted in Peter Yu, ed., The Marketplace of Ideas: Twenty Years of the Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal (New York: Kluwer International, 2002) 236-266.
• Reprinted in W. Gallagher, ed., Intellectual Property (a volume in the International Library of Essays in Law and Society, Ashgate 2007) 519-550.

1992

1992 “Publicity Rights and Political Aspiration: Mass Culture, Gender Identity and Democracy.” New England Law Review 26 (4): 1221-1280 (1992).

1992

1992 “The Celebrity Image and Cultural Identity: Publicity Rights and the Subaltern Politics of Gender.” Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media & Culture 14(3): 59 – 88 (1992).
• Reprinted in Toby Miller, ed., The Contemporary Hollywood Reader (Routledge 2009) 453-471.

1992

1991 “Beyond Modernity's Meanings: Engaging the Postmodern in Cultural Anthropology.” Culture: Journal of the Canadian Anthropology Society 11(1): 111- 124.

1991

1991 “Contesting the Self: Negotiating Subjectivities in Nineteenth Century Ontario Defamation Trials.” Studies in Law, Politics and Society 11: 3-40.

1991

1991 “Encountering the Postmodern: New Directions in Cultural Anthropology.” Symposium issue titled “Cultural Studies in Canada: Sociological and Anthropological Perspectives” Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology 28: 188-205.

1991

1991 “Objects of Property and Subjects of Politics: Intellectual Property Laws and Democratic Dialogue.” Texas Law Review 69: 1853 - 1880.
• Reprinted in Dennis Patterson ed., Postmodernism and Law, in The International Library of Essays in Legal Theory (Dartmouth, 1993) 275-302.
• Reprinted in Alan Freeman and Elizabeth Mensch, eds., Essays in Property. Volume II (Dartmouth, 1992) 415-442.
• Abbreviated for inclusion in M. La France, G. Myers, and D. Lange, eds., Intellectual Property (West Publishing, 1997).

1991

1991 “The Potential for an Interdisciplinary Approach to Intellectual Property Scholarship.” Introduction to a special issue of my student’s essays Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Intellectual Property Issues. Intellectual Property Journal 6: 265-269.

1991

1990 “Barren Ground: Reconceiving Honour and Shame in the Field of Mediterranean Ethnography.” Anthropologica 32: 221-238.

1990

1989 “Room for Manoeuver: Toward a Theory of Practice in Critical Legal Studies.” Law & Social Inquiry: Journal of the American Bar Foundation 14(1): 69-121.

1989

1989 “Same As It Ever Was: Rethinking the Politics of Legal Interpretation.” McGill Law Journal 34: 603-652.

1989

1988 “' The Most Disgusting, Disgraceful and Inequitous Proceeding in our Law': The Action for Breach of Promise of Marriage in Nineteenth Century Ontario.” University of Toronto Law Journal 38: 64-108.

1988

Conference Proceedings

Publication
Year

2005 “Intellectual Properties and the Limits of Human Rights Categories: Claiming Cultural Rights in Neoliberal Environments,” in “The Not Quite Publics and the Public Domain” Panel in Contested Commons, Trespassing Publics: A Public Record (Delhi: Centre for the Study of Developing Societies) 10-16.

2005

2000 “Preserving Cultural Diversity through the Preservation of Biological Diversity” in Fiona Miller, et. al. eds., The Gender of Genetic Futures: The Canadian Biotechnology Strategy, Women and Health (National Network on Environments and Women’s Health Working Paper Series, September) 133-161.

2000

1999 “Culture: Anthropology's Old Vice or International Law's New Virtue?” Proceedings of the American Society for International Law Annual Meetings 79: 261-270.

1999

Policy Papers

Publication
Year

Expert’s Report on The Crucible Group, “Seeding Solutions: Policy Options for Plant Genetic Resources” for the International Development Research Centre, July, 2000.25pp

2000

2000 “Preserving Cultural Diversity through the Preservation of Biological Diversity: Indigenous Peoples, Local Communities, and the Role of Digital Technologies.” A research report commissioned by the Cultural Policy Division of the Council of Europe, July, 2000. 48 pp.

2000

1998 “The Protection of Indigenous Knowledge under the Convention on Biological Diversity: The International Human Rights Framework and Canadian Policy Options.” Prepared for the Intellectual Property Policy Directorate, Industry Canada, May 1998. 280 pp.

1998

Forthcoming

Publication
Year

2010 “Cultural Agencies: ‘Constructing’ Community Subjects and their Rights,” in Mario Biagioli, Peter Jaszi, and Martha Woodmansee, eds., Making and Unmaking Intellectual Property (Chicago: University of Chicago Press). 30 page ms accepted, reviewed, under contract.

2010

2010 “Honing a Critical Cultural Studies of Human Rights” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies special issue on Human Rights. 32 page manuscript submitted and accepted by editor; peer reviewed, under revision

2010

2010 “Intellectual Property Issues in Heritage Management Part 2: Legal Dimensions, Ethical Considerations, and Collaborative Research Practices,” Journal of Heritage Management (with George Nicholas, Catherine Bell, John Welch, Brian Noble, Jane Anderson, Kelly Bannister, and Joe Watkins). 30 page manuscript submitted and accepted.

2010

2010 “Marks Indicating Conditions of Origin in Rights-based and Sustainable Development,” (with Nicole Aylwin) in Per Zumbansen & Ruth Buchanan, eds., Human Rights, Development and Restorative Justice: An Osgoode Reader (Oxford: Hart Publishing). 26 page ms. submitted.

2010

2010 “Owning Culture: Political Economies of Community Subjects and their Properties,” in Mark Busse and Veronica Strang, eds., Ownership and Appropriation (Berg Publishers). 32 page ms. accepted, reviewed, under contract.

2010



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