The topic of ECLA's 2009 State of the World Week is "The Politics of Cultural Ownership". This event, a week-long series of lectures and seminars on an important issue in current affairs, is open to undergraduate students from outside ECLA. If you would like to attend the SWWE from May 11-15, 2009, please send an email briefly stating your motivation to Fiona Schnüttgen (firstname.lastname@example.org) by April 1, 2009. Participation at the conference and accommodation is free, but travel costs cannot be reimbursed. There is only a limited number of places available for external students, and early application is therefore highly encouraged.
Key questions of the week include: Who owns artefacts in museums? Who has the right to decide whether an art work should be restored? Who has the authority to speak for a culture threatened by collapse? Can cultural identity itself be an object of ownership? What happens to the notions of copyright and intellectual property in an era of internet, new media and filesharing? The debates triggered by such questions tend to touch upon - and sometimes challenge - some of our most fundamental intutions about politics, ethics and human identity.
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