Public Lectures

“Marking and Marketing the Meaning of Place: The Allure of Terroir and the Political Volatility of Doubled Commodities”

October 30, 2019

“Development’s Cultural Properties: Frontiers of Indigenous Assertion in Southeast Asia”

September 21, 2018

“Politics and Pedagogy of the Frame: Looking into Law and Development”

September 21, 2018


May 28, 2018

“Geographical Indications, Food Heritage and Latin American Rural Development: The Political Dynamism of the Doubled Commodity”

May 4, 2018

“Using Intellectual Property to Further Rural Development in Latin America: Biocultural Heritage Resources and Rights”

March 22, 2018


November 2, 2017

“Futures and Frontiers of Cultural Property in the Global South”

May 3, 2017


November 24, 2016


October 28, 2016

“Informational Capital and its Cultures: The Work of Distinction in Neoliberal Economies”

September 29, 2016

“Hidden Geographies of Race and Labour: Moving Beyond the Social Imaginaries of Place-Based Products in Asia and Africa”

(with Ali Malik). Presentation to Law/Art/Culture Symposium. Osgoode Law School. September 14.

September 14, 2015

“Neoliberalism and The Proprietary Imagination: A Proliferation of Cultures ‘Before the Law’”

Law’s Plurality: Narrative, Gender, Cultures.  International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture, University of Giessen, Germany.

May 7, 2015

“Hidden Geographies of Labour: Behind the Social Imaginary of Geographical Indications”

(with Ali Malik)

Presentation to International Intellectual Property Course. University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign Law School, Champaign, Illinois, United States.

April 25, 2015

“The Knowledge Economy and its Cultures: Neoliberalism, Heritage and the Proprietary Imagination”

The Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy Conference: “Entrepreneurial Heritage and the Information Economy,” University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Champaign, Illinois, United States, April 23, 2015.

April 23, 2015

“Hidden Geographies of Labour: Behind the Social Imaginary of Geographical Indications”

(with Ali Malik). Geographical Indications in Asia and Beyond: Perspectives on Trade Development and Culture. Centre for Asian Legal Studies, National University of Singapore.

March 26, 2015

“The Knowledge Economy and its Cultures: Neoliberalism and the Proprietary Imagination”

“Language and Political Economy Revisited: Neoliberal Frontiers,” Institute for International Studies, Franke Institute for the Humanities, University of Chicago, United States.

March 6, 2015

“Heritage Protection: The Corporate Social Responsibility of Extractive Industries?”

Critical Cultural Heritage Studies Symposium, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

December 2, 2014

“Concepts in Circulation: The Dialectics of Cultural Heritage in Global Resource Exploitation”

ISP Grant, Research Council of Norway, Røros, Norway.

October 31, 2014

“Knowledge Economies and Their Cultures: Neoliberalism and the Proprietary Imagination”

Intellectual Property in the Global South Roundtable, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, United States.

October 27, 2014

“Archives and Indicators: Cultural Objectification, Objection and Objectives”

Measures and their Meanings Symposium, Nordens Hus, Reykjavik, Iceland.

August 18, 2014

“Amodern Territory: Working Potatoes and Properties in an Era of Informational Capital”

(with Marc Griebel). Alternative Property Practices Symposium, International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Oñati, Spain.

April 4, 2014

“Geographical Indications in New Contexts: The Promise, Perils and Politics of Protecting Place-Based Products”

Centre for Intellectual Property Policy, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

March 19, 2014

“Culture As Neoliberal Resource: Articulations Between Rights and Governmentality”

Sociolegal Studies Graduate Program Speaker Series, York University, Toronto, Canada.

March 3, 2014

“Making Culture Legible: Archives and Indicators as Heritage Technologies”

(with Eugenia Kisin). Cultural Logic of Facts and Figures Symposium, Department of Social Anthropology, Norwegian University of Technology and Science, Trondheim, Norway.

October 26, 2013

“Law and Culture: Crossing Borders”

Keynote lecture. External Perspectives on Law: Designing a Research Masters for a New Era, University of Leiden School of Law, Leiden, Netherlands.

September 9, 2013

“Marks Indicating Indigenous Means of Production?”

Indigenous Peoples, Cultural Commodification, and Self-Determination, Liu Centre for Global Issues, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

May 2, 2013

“Cultural Policy from Below: Civil Society and the ‘Cultural Commons'”

Globalization and Cultural Policy Symposium, York Centre for Law and Public Policy, York University, Toronto, Canada.

April 9, 2013

“Minding your Difference: Heritage Politics and Governmentality”

The Victoria Colloquium in Political, Social and Legal Theory, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

March 8, 2013

“Standardizing Diversity: Neoliberal Technologies for Mapping, Marking and Marketing Cultural Difference”

Faculty Colloquium, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University, Stanford, California, United States.

December 3, 2012

“Dynamic Fair Dealing: Asserting the Practice of User’s Rights in Canada”

Faculty of Law, Intellectual Property Scholar’s Group, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

October 30, 2012

“Standardizing Difference: Marks Indicating Conditions of Origin and the Demands of Neoliberal Governmentality”

Brand New Worlds Conference, University of California, Davis, United States.

October 5, 2012

“. . . Vital Worlds: Diversity’s Livelihoods in Neoliberal Contexts”

Culture, Rights, Identity: Interfaces Between Law and the Humanities Symposium, Osnabrück, Germany.

August 15, 2012

“Interdisciplinary Approaches to Intellectual Property: Fair Dealing and Canadian Cultural Heritage”

Canadian Intellectual Property Scholar’s Academy, University of Ottawa, Canada.

May 23, 2012

“Standardize Your Diversity: The Governmentality of Culture and its Limits”

Neoliberal Regimes and Institutions of Knowledge Production, Dept. of Communication and Culture, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, United States.

April 27, 2012

“Repatriating Intellectual Property? Returning to Cultural Rights”

The Digital Return Conference, Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., United States.

January 19, 2012

“Bordering Diversity and Desire”

Intersections of Rights and Laws: Environment, Livelihood and Self-Determination. University of London, Department of Anthropology, London, United Kingdom.

January 12, 2012

“Intellectual Properties, Human Rights and Heritage”

Program in Human Rights Collaboratory: Cultural Heritage Workshop, Stanford University, Stanford Centre for Archaeology, Stanford, California.

December 6, 2011

“Intellectual Property and the Ethics of Appropriation”

Keynote Lecture (with Carys Craig). Feminisms and Appropriations Workshop, University of Toronto Department of Women’s Studies, Toronto, Canada.

November 12, 2011

“Cultural Property and Collective Personhood: Between Neoliberalism and Human Rights”

Sociolegal Studies Graduate Program Speaker Series, York University, Toronto, Canada.

October 18, 2011

“Minority Rights and Human Rights Oversight: Some Questions about Holder’s Concerns”

University of Osnabruck Summer School on Law, Language and Culture,University of Osnabrück, Osnabrück, Germany.

August 14, 2011

“The UNESCO Heritage Regime and Processes of Cultural Propertization” and “The Constitution of Cultural Property: Interim Conclusions”

Commentator and Discussant, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany.

June 15, 2011

“Intellectual Property and its Indigenous Publics”

Intellectual Property, Normative Orders and Globalization Conference, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt, Germany.

June 2, 2011

“Germinations: Of Seeds and the Commons Women Keep”

Feminists Engagements with the Return to the Commons Conference, University of Kent, Kent Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality, Canterbury, United Kingdom.

March 23, 2011

“Bordering Diversity and Desire: Marking Place-Based Products in Commerce”

Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study Fellows Symposium, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

February 25, 2011

“Indigenous Cultural Heritage Goods at the missing Intersection of Cultural Heritage and International Trade”

International Trade in Indigenous Cultural Heritage: Legal and Policy Issues Workshop, University of Lucerne, Luzern, Switzerland.

January 17, 2011

Poster Session: Canada Research Chair in Law, Communication & Culture

Canada Research Chairs: Thinking Ahead For a Strong Future, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

November 24, 2010

“Diversity and Desire: Property and Personhood in Global Commerce”

Department of Anthropology Faculty Workshop, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

October 15, 2010

“Indigeneity, Music and Rights: Mapping New Territories”

Keynote Address: Music and Indigeneity Conference, Columbia University, Center for Ethnomusicology, New York, New York, United States.

September 29, 2010

“Intellectual Property and Place-based Products”

International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property, Washington, D.C., United States.

September 24, 2010

“Between Neoliberalism and Rights”

Intersection of Trade and Human Rights in Indigenous Intellectual Property panel, York Centre for Public Policy and Law, York University, Toronto, Canada.

September 23, 2010

“Cultural Properties and the Making of Community: Intellectual Property and Environmental Politics”

Loyola Law School Intellectual Property Symposium, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California, United States.

April 12, 2010

“Owning and Othering: The Politics of Property and Culture in the Americas”

The Americas Forum, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, United States.

April 8, 2010

“Mapping Cartographies of Cultural Rights”

Globalization & Social Justice Workshop, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Toronto, Canada.

October 15, 2009

“Cultural Property and its Politics”

Convergences: International Summer School for the Cultural Study of Law. University of Osnabrück, Osnabrück, Germany.

August 7, 2009

“The Properties of Intellectual Property in the Worlds of Web 2.0”

Virtual Worlds Forschergruppe, Jurische Institute, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany.

July 13, 2009

“Works in Common(s)”

(with Andrew Herman). The Construction of Immateriality: Practices of Appropriation and the Genealogy of Intellectual Property, Università Bocconi, Milan, Italy.

June 27, 2009

“Mapping Emerging Legal Geographies of Cultural Rights”

International Law Workshop, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany.

June 18, 2009

“Branding Traditional Places and their Products: Prospects for Geographical Indications and their Limits”

DFG-Forschergruppe Cultural Property Colloquium Series, Institute for European Ethnology, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany.

June 17, 2009

“Worlds we have Inherited: Tradition and its knowledge within Modern Law”

Inheriting the World: Concepts and Practices of Intergenerational Transfer in Global Cultural Policy,” a Workshop at the Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Berlin, Germany.

May 22, 2009

“Broken Records: Music as a Subject of Cultural Rights”

Columbia University Society of Humanities, Columbia University, New York, New York, United States.

March 5, 2009

“The Law and Cultural Geographies: Commodities, Rights and Development Vehicles”

Baldy Centre for Law and Policy, Legal Geography Workshop, Buffalo, New York, United States.

February 24, 2009

“Intellectual Property and its Cultures: Informational Capital and Cultural Resources in a Neoliberal Era”

Plenary Panel “Law’s Technologies: Critical Inquiries into the Domains of Science, Capital and Regulation.” Law and Social Sciences in South Asia, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.

January 10, 2009

“Legal Geographies of Cultural Rights”

Legal Geographies of Cultural Rights.  President’s lecture, sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Law and Society Working Group, University of British Columbia, Canada.

March 27, 2008

“Geographical Indications in Rights-Based Development”

Transnationalism, Development and Rights,  Centre for International Law and Political Economy Symposium, Osgoode Professional Development Centre, Toronto, Canada.

February 22, 2008

“Broken Records and the Politics of Appropriation: Colonial Histories and Indigenous Cultural Traditions”

Centre for Studies of Religion, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

June 18, 2006

“Informational Capital and Its Cultural Resources”

Department of Anthropology Colloquium Series, Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

November 3, 2005

“First Nations Intangible Heritage and Cultural Rights in International Law”

University of Alberta Faculty of Law, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

June 21, 2005

“Ethical Issues with Respect to the Appropriation of Intangible Artistic Expression”

Centre for the Study of Religion and Society, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

May 19, 2005

“Contested Communities: ‘Traditional Knowledge, Neo-liberalism, and Environmental Governmentalities’”

Department of Sociology Seminar, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

March 3, 2005

“Informational Capital and its Cultures: Neoliberal Governmentalities and the Claims of American Communities”

Department of Anthropology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

November 23, 2004

“Hegemonic Metaphors: Flows, Channels and Damns in the Global Movement of Culture”

Global Cultural Flows Research Development Initiative Symposium, University of Quebec at Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

May 13, 2004

“Sovereignty and Performativity: Governmentality and its Subjects in Neoliberal Environmentalism”

Plenary Session, Canadian Anthropology Society Annual Meetings, London, Ontario, Canada.

May 7, 2004

“When are Global Flows Cultural? Intellectual Property and Neoliberal Information Economies”

Conference on Global Cultural Flows,  Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

March 30, 2003

“When is a Work in Progress? Dilemmas of Intellectual Property, Human Rights and Identity Under the Convention on Biological Diversity”

Development Colloquium, Munk Centre for International Studies, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

October 18, 2002

“Managing Toy Dolls and Maneuvering Toy Soldiers: Consumer-Corporate Wars of Position on the World-Wide Web”

Transmedia Post-Graduate Program, Hogeschool Sint-Lukas Brussel, Brussels, Belgium.

May 30, 2002

“Works, Progress, and Culture in Neoliberal Regimes of Governmentality: The Politics of Protecting Indigenous Knowledge”

Department of Anthropology Colloquium, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

October 12, 2001

“Whose Science, Whose History, Whose Progress?”

Invited discussant on the Society for Cultural Anthropology Plenary Panel, American Ethnological Society/Society for Cultural Anthropology/ Canadian Anthropology Society Annual Meetings, Laval, Quebec, Canada.

May 3, 2001

“The Human Genome Diversity Project: Intellectual Property, Race and Human Rights”

Human Genome Project Symposium, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

January 10, 2001

“Sports Trademarks and Somatic Politics: The Generative Power of Law”

Founders College Lecture Series, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

November 27, 1997

“Inequity and Intellectual Property: Meaning and Value in the World of Representation”

McGill Women and the Law Equity Symposium, McGill University Faculty of Law, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

March 19, 1997

Department of Communications, Concordia University

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

October 2, 1991

Doctoral Programme in Humanities

Doctoral Programme in Humanities, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

October 1, 1991

Département d’ Anthropologie, Universitié de Montréal

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

September 30, 1991

Faculty of Law, University of Windsor

Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

April 3, 1991