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STS/CSIS Talk: Dr. Allison Fish

“I AM THE AUTHOR": CONCEPTIONS OF DIGITAL AUTHORSHIP AND THE MANAGEMENT OF SOUTH ASIAN SYSTEMS OF CLASSICAL MEDICINE
When Nov 19, 2013
from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
Where SS&H 1246 (Map: http://tinyurl.com/1246ssh)
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Please join the Center for Science and Innovation Studies and the Program in STS for a talk by Dr. Allison Fish (Ohio State University). Dr. Fish is one of several new postdoctoral scholars collaborating on the UC Davis Interdisciplinary Frontiers in the Humanities and Arts (IFHA) Project, "Innovating Communication in Scholarship (ICIS)."

*Lunch provided, but please EMAIL Aaron Norton (atnorton@ucdavis.edu) if you plan to attend.

Abstract: This paper addresses a specific conception of authorship as it is tied to specific instances of translation and cultural appropriation of South Asian classical systems of medicine, specifically ayurveda and yoga. The focus of the discussion is upon the emergent authorial role as it is tied to the intentional international circulation of these knowledge systems by the Indian nation-state through its Traditional Knowledge Digital Library project. In exploring the social construction of individual and corporate authorship in Ayurvedic and yogic knowledge production. I am interested in understanding how particular acts come to be perceived of as permissible and well-justified appropriation, whereas others are deemed unethical misappropriation. In the case below, I ask what social processes are at play that allow certain corporate actors (e.g., the Indian state) to be recognized as legitimate authors and holders of proprietary interests in traditional knowledge, whereas, others (e.g., private individuals and entities) become identifiable as cultural pirates? In exploring the implications of these emergent identities, including the associated claims to rights of control in and responsibility for local knowledge practices, I draw upon 24 months of ethnographic fieldwork in India and the United States.

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