Anita Say Chan: Enterprise Village (Dec 1)
Tuesday, December 1
12:30pm Coordinated Science Laboratory, Room 301
A Brown Bag Discussion with Anita Say Chan, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Enterprise Village: Entrepreneurial Artisans, Intellectual Property, and the Optimizing of Native Culture
How are new development models re-engineering rural sites in the third world to maximize their productive potential, and to optimize their ability to compete in global markets? Why are intellectual property rights (IPR) proving to be information-age tools ideally suited for traditional, indigenous artisans and rurally-based producers in developing nations? And how have individual enterprise and the facility to deploy the technologies and resources of the information economy become new measures for responsible citizenship among provincial populations? This lecture addresses such questions through a study of a state-based initiative in Peru to promote the use of IPRs among traditional artisans in the town of Chulucanas. How developing states increasingly summon culture as a resource for economic development will be a central tension explored.
Anita Say Chan is an Assistant Research Professor of Communications and an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She was previously a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University’s Introduction to Humanities Program. She received her Ph.D. from MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, & Society, and her masters degree from MIT’s Comparative Media Studies Program. Her research has been awarded support from the Center for the Study of Law & Culture at Columbia University’s School of Law and the National Science Foundation.