Conversation with Kathy Bowrey coming up!

On Thursday, April 22, the first of our three zoom conversations jointly organized by PASSIM and ISHTIP (The International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property) takes place! This will be a great opportunity not only to listen to Kathy Bowrey talk about her new book with Brad Sherman and PASSIM’s own Martin Fredriksson, but to reboot the interdisciplinary dialogue on intellectual property more generally. What are the methods, materials, approaches and assumptions we bring to this particular brand of scholarship? ISHTIP has been absolutely central here. But before we can meet again in person in 2022, ISHTIP too will take place via zoom this summer.

Awaiting that time in July, join us for one or all three conversations and keep the dialogue going!

 

To join this discussion: https://unsw.zoom.us/j/88412339834

Interdisciplinary conversations

One of the common outputs from the PASSIM-project is something we call “interdisciplinary conversations.” Up until this time last year, we assumed that these conversations would take place in person, that they would involve a face-to-face dialogue between two scholars coming from different disciplines but sharing interest in a common object, event or phenomenon of relevance to PASSIM. Our first conversation was on microfilm, with PASSIM’s José Bellido and Matts Lindström from Uppsala University. The conversation could be followed live and it was archived on our website www.passim.se. And then the pandemic struck and zoom became the arena for the next dialogue; the discussion between PASSIM’s Ph.D candidate Isabelle Strömstedt and Annika Öhrner, touching on Isabelle’s work on the 50-year anniversary exhibition of the Swedish Patent Office in 1941 and what exhibition studies might bring to our understanding of how the patent office displays and “sells itself” within a museum space.

I’m writing this a few hours before we go online once again, this time to talk about patent agencies and patent offices with colleagues in Madrid (and anybody who wants to join) – a discussion that, once again, was supposed to have taken place IN Madrid last year.

But I also want to promote three upcoming conversations in the next couple of weeks that we organize jointly with ISHTIP, The International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property. We’ll start promoting the first talk via Twitter next week! But please make a note of these dates and join us for an hour of intense and creative discussions!!

22 April: GMT 11am/ CET 12 noon/ Pacific 3am/Atlantic 6am/Australian Eastern 8pm. ‘Commodification of creativity’, Kathy Bowrey in conversation with Martin Fredriksson and Brad Sherman.

May 4: 2am Californian time; 10am London, 11 am CET, 7pm Sydney. ‘Patent Capital in the COVID-19 Pandemic’, Hyo Yoon Kang in conversation with Javier Lezaun and Mario Biagioli.

May 20: GMT 11am/ CET 12 noon/ Pacific 3am/Atlantic 6am/Australian Eastern 8pm. ‘Cultural Heritage and IP’, Fiona Macmillan in conversation with Kathy Bowrey and Jose Bellido.

 

 

 

 

Announcement: PASSIM Postdoc

Happy to announce that we’re hiring a postdoc to join the PASSIM team for the final stretch of our project. The announcement and all details about the application process can be found here:

English: https://liu.se/en/work-at-liu/vacancies?rmpage=job&rmjob=15827&rmlang=UK

Swedish: https://liu.se/jobba-pa-liu/lediga-jobb?rmpage=job&rmjob=15799&rmlang=SE

Please get in touch for any and all questions and queries!

Post seminar: Patents on Display and Methods of Exhibition Analysis

 

 

Yesterday PASSIM held a seminar online. PASSIM’s own Isabelle Strömstedt discussed a narrative approach to exhibition analysis that focuses on how documents can be displayed. Isabelle’s dissertation concerns the exhibition “Idé – Patent – Produkt” (Idea – Patent – Product) by the Swedish Patent Office. Annika Öhrner was invited as a guest speaker. Öhrner is Associate Professor in Art History at Södertörn University. She discussed Methods in Exhibition Analysis. Annika opened the seminar with an informative overview of art history and then explored examples of exhibition analysis in recent dissertations.

The seminar was an excellent example of how benefiting interdisciplinary conversations can be. The resonance between the two speakers was crystal clear and I know for a fact that it was greatly inspiring for Isabelle.

PI Eva Hemmungs Wirtén expressed that in less testing times than the current we would have been able to express our gratitude to Annika over a glass of vine or a post seminar dinner. Unfortunately that will have to be rain-checked, but we are grateful.

As Eva concluded in an earlier post here on our blog, the pandemic has meant that we must do things a little bit different if we are to keep momentum throughout these times.

Yesterday’s seminar was an example of at least one upside with online seminars as a handful of scholars joined the seminar from abroad and very much contributed to the discussion after the presentations.

On behalf of the PASSIM team I would like to thank everyone for their participation.

A recording of the seminar will be published on our website shortly:   https://liu.se/en/research/passim

Best,

Mattis Karlsson, PASSIM RA

About writing (and publishing)

Last week I learned that I had been awarded one of the 2020 Emerald Literati Awards for “How Patents Became Documents, or Dreaming of Technoscientific Order, 1895-1937,” published in Journal of Documentation 75(3), 2019. This came as a complete surprise. But a welcome one, obviously.

So much about scholarly publishing fascinates me. First there’s the enormity of it, the fact that you’re recognized (even read!) for one article in this ever-increasing avalanche or tsunami of publications out there seems like a minor miracle. I remember when I as a Comp Lit Ph.D. candidate at Uppsala University decided to write my thesis in English rather than Swedish: I admit that I had naive idea that because I was writing in English I would automatically have a huge (well, maybe not huge, but certainly bigger than 10 million Swedish-speaking) readership as well. This equation turned out to be slightly more complex and complicated than I thought some 20+ years ago.

But I think one of reasons why this award was so nice to receive was because I have always identified myself as a writer of books rather than articles. I still do. But in PASSIM I produce articles, and this means both writing and thinking differently than with a book. It’s a challenge. For many reasons. Not so much the stylistic side of things, but in terms of the way in which journal publishing has become so “formalistic.” Not sure if it’s the right word, but there is something quite problematic with the way that we decide which journal to write for first, before we decide (or even know) what the contribution of the article actually is. Of course, the entire scholarly ecosystem is now geared towards articles rather than monographs, and there are similar considerations to be made also when it comes to books, but there is something in this structure I find problematic and important to discuss.

But maybe not right now. For the moment, and in this Covid-19 moment, I’m just very pleased and grateful to Journal of Documentation.