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CST Colloquium: Madhavi Sunder

CST Colloquium: Madhavi Sunder

Event Date: Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Location: 1008 King Hall

“From Free Culture to Fair Culture: Cultural Sharing Amidst Global Inequalities”

Lecture by Madhavi Sunder, Professor, UC Davis School of Law.

At the turn of the millennium, the Participation Age and the goal of poverty eradication have dovetailed. As a recent U.N. Human Development Report has noted, in a Knowledge Age in which wealth derives from cultural production and exchange in global markets, “cultural freedom is not just a human right, but also a key to development.” The concept of fair culture yokes together meaning and livelihood. Increasingly, the poor seek to participate in the development and sharing of cultural products, from coffee to music to film. But free culture – in which cultural goods are freely shared across borders – is not always a fair culture. In this talk, Professor Sunder considers impediments to cultural participation on fair terms by the poor. In so doing, she exposes blind spots in recent scholarship that celebrates the “public domain” and “free culture”–what she calls “the romance of the public domain.”

Professor Sunder is a leading scholar of law and culture. She has been a Visiting Professor of Law at the Yale Law School, the University of Chicago Law School, and Cornell Law School. She was named a Carnegie Scholar in 2006. Her work traverses numerous legal fields, from intellectual property to human rights law and the First Amendment. She has published articles in the Yale Law Journal, the Stanford Law Review, the California Law Review, and Law and Contemporary Problems, among others. Her forthcoming book, iP: YouTube, MySpace, Our Culture, will be published by Yale University Press in 2012.

This event is sponsored by Cultural Studies Graduate Group Winter 2012 Colloquium Series

For more information please contact: Cultural Studies Graduate Group, culturalstudies@ucdavis.edu

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