The day will be divided into two  sessions, with 20 minute long presentations and 45 minutes of discussion. The order of the papers or sessions may still change later.

Creativity of Property Programme

26th June 2012, Darryl Ford Seminar Room, UCL Anthropology

9.00 – 9.30 Registration and coffee

9.30 – 9.45 Introduction to day

9.45 – 12.45 Claiming spaces With Discussant Eric Hirsch

Introduction by discussant

Charlotte Johnson (Newcastle): The Urge to Tidy: Fashioning post –neoliberal property out of shared attics and basements in residential buildings in Belgrade.

Tom McDonald (UCL): Owning a home for an evening: the commodification of hosting and guesting in a small south-western Chinese Town – moved

Meixuan Chen (UCL): Lineage versus State: ownership conflicts in a home community of overseas Chinese

Luke Bennett (Sheffield Hallam): Making Somewhere Smaller – Ownership, use and the challenge of Surplus Value.

Rafael Schacter (UCL): Insurgent Ornamentation- Improvisational Creativity in the City.


12.45 – 13.45 Lunch

13.45 – 16.10 Bodies and materials – With discussant James Leach

Introduction by discussant

Mike Upton (Manchester): Temporalities of Invention: Intellectual Property, HIV/AIDS and the Ownership of AZT

Amy Hinterberger & Natalie Porter (Oxford): Claiming Sovereignty over viruses and genomes: Exploring Acts of Owning and Appropriating in International Collaborative Life Sciences Research

Marc Brightman & Vanessa Elisa Grotti (Oxford): Ownership through nurture: first contacts, slavery and kinship relations in native Amazonia

Nick Gadsby (UCL): The Freedom of Immateriality: Negotiating Commitment and Obligation in MMOs


16.10 – 20 minute break

16.30 – 17.15 Closing discussion

17.15 onwards – Drinks and dinner


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