"The lives of property" - Conference

Past Event

20 September 2012, 2:00pm 21 September 2012 - 6:00pm


This conference is hosted by the BioProperty Group which is part of the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, an Oxford Martin School Institute

This conference explores the paths that scientific and technological objects travel as they acquire or lose their status as property. Papers address the following questions: What is involved in turning a tool or product of science into an alienable or inalienable possession? How do competing understandings of ‘property’ affect the circulation of scientific knowledge and artifacts? How do legal categories of appropriability shape research and regulatory practices? How are things kept out of the expanding circuits of exchange that characterize contemporary scientific production? If the proprietary status of an object is indeed a precarious, fragile quality, how is it sustained over time? What kinds of research methodologies should we use to better understand and track objects and concepts of property in the sciences?

Speakers include:

  • Dr Michele Acuto, Stephen Barter Research Fellow, Oxford Programme on the Future of Cities
  • Professor Mario Biagioli, Distinguished Professor of Law and Science and Technology Studies, UCDavies School of Law
  • Dr Amy Hinterberger, James Martin Fellow, Institute for Science, Innovation and Society
  • Professor Hannah Landecker, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Dr Javier Lezaun, Deputy Director, Institute for Science, Innovation and Society

Venue: Ship Street Centre, Jesus College, Oxford

This conference is free but registration is required. Please click here to register.