Call for papers: 2022 Symposium on Contemporary Issues in Global Studies: ‘Intellectual Property, Technology, Culture and Health’

Deadline extended to April 30!

We invite contributions to the 2022 Symposium on Contemporary Issues in Global Studies, a collaborative project between the department of Culture and Society at Linköping University and the project PASSIM.

Dates: September 12-13, 2022

Venue: Arbetets Museum, Norrköping, Sweden

Call Closes: April 30, 2022

Proposal format: 500-word abstract/200-word bio

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The 2022 (Inaugural) Symposium on Contemporary Issues in Global Studies aims at bringing together researchers from different scientific perspectives to present and discuss their research with an interdisciplinary audience. The symposium welcomes papers with a connection to contemporary global issues, focussed on one or more of this year’s selected fields of interest in ‘intellectual property, technology, culture, or health’. The symposium particularly aims to explore the interrelatedness between the chosen fields. Potential submissions thus can address, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  • Intellectual property and global health
  • Culture and global health
  • Technology, artificial intelligence, intellectual property, and culture
  • Technology, artificial intelligence, and public health
  • Traditional knowledge, technology, and well-being
  • Indigenous populations, marginalised groups, poverty, and access to (health) technology

Submissions are invited from researchers of all levels, including PhD students, early-career researchers, and senior scholars as well as members of professional organisations and NGOs. We are particularly encouraging contributions offering interdisciplinary perspectives. Successful candidates are kindly asked to submit a working draft of their paper by 22 August 2022 and can expect to present their research in a stimulating and generous milieu. The symposium features a Keynote Address by Prof. Graham Dutfield (Leeds University) as well as two workshops held by invited international experts in their fields.


PASSIM (Patents as Scientific Information, 1895–2020) is a five-year (2017–2022) project funded by an ERC Advanced Investigator Grant to Professor Eva Hemmungs Wirtén, Linköping University, Sweden. PASSIM focuses on the “openness” aspect of patents, considering their role as technoscientific documents in the history of information and intellectual property. For more information, send us an e-mail:, follow us on twitter @passimproject or visit our website