Intellectual Property and Cultural Heritage: Repatriation, Reclamation and Rights

Monday, December 2, 2019 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Jane Anderson, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies, New York University
Aaron Fox, Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Center for Ethnomusicology, Columbia University
Trevor Reed, Associate Professor, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
Moderator: Pippa Loengard, Deputy Director, Kernochan Center for Law, Media, and the Arts and Lecturer-in-Law, Columbia Law School

Laws in the United States and abroad to protect and restore communities’ rights to traditional knowledge and cultural heritage vary widely. Featuring experts working with Native American cultural rights in the U.S. in the areas of music and artifacts, this panel will discuss the U.S. legal framework to protect such rights, existing intellectual property and other laws that may be in tension with recognizing those rights, and innovative efforts to restore justice.

Jane Anderson, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies at New York University, is furthering a new paradigm of rights and responsibilities that recognizes the inherent sovereignty that Indigenous communities have over their cultural heritage. Her work is focused on the philosophical and practical problems for intellectual property law and the protection of Indigenous/traditional knowledge resources.

Aaron Fox, Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Center for Ethnomusicology at Columbia University, works in the area of cultural survival and sustainability and music-centered community activism, including a focus on issues of cultural and intellectual property and the repatriation of Native American cultural resources. He has also published extensively on American country music and working-class culture.

Trevor Reed, Associate Professor at Arizona State University College of Law, works at the intersection of the arts, intellectual property, and indigenous rights, with research and advocacy projects spanning the areas of musical creativity and ownership, indigenous intellectual property, the new music industry, data repatriation, and the politics of sound.

This event is co-sponsored by Columbia Law School's Human Rights Institute; the Indian Legal Program at Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law; Columbia Law School's Kernochan Center for Law, Media, and the Arts; the Program in Arts Administration at the Teachers College, Columbia University; the Institute for the Study of Human Rights' Indigenous Peoples' Rights Program, Columbia University; Columbia Law School's Native American Law Student Association; and the Human Rights Working Group at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

All are welcome.