5th International Osnabrück Summer Institute (OSI), “Contested Properties: Culture, Rights and the Humanities”

The 5th International Osnabrück Summer Institute (OSI), “Contested Properties: Culture, Rights and the Humanities”, hosted by the Institute of English and American Studies (IfAA), will take place August 4-16, 2014 in Osnabrück, Germany.

For people interested in the study of cultural rights, intellectual property, law and literature, amongst others, the Osnabrück Summer Institute is truly a one of a kind opportunity to study with the leading scholars worldwide, but also to engage and discuss with other young researchers interested in the same areas.

The Osnabrück Summer Institute aims to promote the interdisciplinary study and research of law and culture. Based on the idea that the extended cultural study of the law encourages profitable scholarly dialogue between legal studies and the humanities, the Osnabrück Summer Institute particularly focuses on the interfaces between law and the humanities in regard to recent transnational debates surrounding questions of human rights and cultural identity in the European but also in global contexts. Not only does such an exchange facilitate a better understanding of the complex interdependence between legal and cultural matters, but it also opens new and significant avenues for methodological convergence and the establishment of inter- and transdisciplinary approaches.

The Institute will offer a total of four workshops for 20-30 international participants over a two-week period. The first workshop will be concerned with basic theories, concepts and perspectives within the emerging field of cultural legal studies, focusing specifically on the range and potential of interdisciplinary studies and approaches. The remaining three workshops will focus on key areas of critical inquiry that have been central to the dynamic development of the field:

  • The tripartite relationship between culture, cultural rights, and the nation state
  • The historical development and current debates about culture as heritage, property and as a resource and its legal definition and regulation (including concepts such as copyright, intellectual property and authorship)
  • The cultural presence and representation of the law and the role of culture in the representation and dissemination of the concept of rights (e.g. law and literature, life writing and human rights, visual culture and rights rhetoric)

Advanced Masters students and graduate students (PhD and post-doc) should submit their applications no later than April 6, 2014 (deadline extended).

Announcement poster can be seen here.

For more information, visit the Osnabrück Summer Institute (OSI) website.

Por: Lucero Ibarra Rojas

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