Amherst Books is hosting a book launch party for “Negotiating Culture: Heritage, Ownership, and Intellectual Property,” edited by Laetitia La Follette, associate professor of art history, on Friday, Oct. 11 at 4:30 p.m.
Published by the Universty of Massachusetts Press, “Negotiating Culture” contains a series of case studies in cultural ownership by scholars from a range of fields—explores issues of cultural heritage and intellectual property in a variety of contexts, from contests over tangible artifacts as well as more abstract forms of culture such as language and oral traditions to current studies of DNA and genes that combine nature and culture, and even new, nonproprietary models for the sharing of digital technologies. Each chapter sets the debate in its historical and disciplinary context and suggests how the approaches to these issues are changing or should change.
The books includes essay by several UMass Amherst faculty, including Stephen Clingman, English, Oriol Pi-Sunyer and H. Martin Wobst, anthropology, Margaret Spea, linguistics, and Banu Subramamiam, women, gender, sexuality studies.
Amherst Books is located at 8 Main St.