STS / CSIS "Food for Thought" event: Stathis Arapostathis - Industrial ‘Property’ and the Politics of Invention in Greece, 1900–1940"
Apr 21, 2016
from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
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Stathis is visiting our program as a Fullbright Fellow, and will share some of his research on "Industrial ‘Property’ and the Politics of Invention in Greece, 1900–1940"
As usual, we are pre-circulating his text , which he will briefly introduce, followed by an extensive discussion.
Pizza and refreshments will be provided.
Patenting activity has frequently been linked with a national capacity for innovation. Current historiographical approaches to innovation and patenting cultures emphasize the co-production of techno-sciences together with legal culture as this emerged in the context of an individual country, or through transnational flows of expertise, inventions, inventors, and innovations. The overall aim of the present study is to unravel the co-construction of law and the culture of invention in Greece from 1900 to 1940. I look at the interrelation between the local legal and legislative culture, Greek politics and innovation policies with the ideology of propertization of knowledge and innovation emerging along and due to a technocratic ideology permeated the public affairs. My narrative examines the transition of the Greek patent system from a system of privileges to a system of rights. I argue that by studying the changes in patenting I can unravel the social, institutional and economic changes that occurred in Greece and that characterized the transformation of the Greek capitalist state and society in the first half of the twentieth century. The current chapter combines insights from the ‘appropriation’ and ‘translation’ approaches with those from the perspective of transnational histories in order to explicate the pressures and tensions around patent homogenization, and around the interplay between securing local sovereignty and autarky and finding space for Greece in the broader international geopolitical scene.