[csaa-forum] Martin Fredriksson @ Swinburne, 25th Feb.

James Michael Meese james.meese at unimelb.edu.au
Tue Feb 17 08:57:07 ACST 2015

Martin Fredriksson from Linköping University is discussing piracy on the 25th of February at Swinburne. All welcome - details below!

Swinburne Institute for Social Research - Seminar Series
Presenter: Martin Fredriksson, Linkoping University, Sweden
Title: Commons, Commodities and the Politics of Piracy
Date: Wednesday, 25 February 2015
Time: 1:00-2:00pm
Venue: Penang Room, Level 3, Library Conference Room
Over the last decade, a political battle has been waged over the use and control of culture and information. While media companies and copyright organisations argue for stricter intellectual property laws, many citizens and netizens challenge the contemporary IP-regime. Lately this has resulted in what could be described as a political mobilisation of piracy. This is maybe most evident in the formation of pirate parties that see themselves as a digital civil rights movement defending the public domain and the citizen’s right to privacy against copyright expansionism and increased surveillance. Since the first pirate party was formed in Sweden in 2006, similar parties have spread across the world, from USA to Australia. This presentation draws on a study of the culture and ideology of copyright resistance that involves a series of interviews with representatives of pirate parties in USA and Canada. It will take this politicization of piracy as a starting point to discuss how contestations over copyright and piracy extends into a wider range of conflicts over resources situated in the borderland between public goods and private properties, such as urban space, natural resources and traditional knowledge.
Martin Fredriksson is assistant professor at the Department of Culture Studies (Tema Q), Linköping University, Sweden. He wrote his dissertation about the cultural and political history of Swedish copyright and is currently finishing a research project on the ideology of piracy and the formation of Pirate Parties in Europe, North America and Australia. In the coming four years he will be working with a new project about commons and the construction of property, focusing on the commodification and privatization of information, natural resources and traditional knowledge, that will largely be undertaken in Australia. He is also executive editor of Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research (http://www.cultureunbound.ep.liu.se/<https://outlook.swin.edu.au/owa/redir.aspx?C=QteO_xuSu0iusIkQk1Y9NqU3O_nVHdII2sKQrAf4cp7bXfNLPvEBWSSHOs0mNmDydRjThZm5qNA.&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.cultureunbound.ep.liu.se%2f>).

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