The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship

Martha Woodmansee


The focus of my research and scholarly activity is intellectual property. My articles and books, published in the 1980s and 1990s, introduced scholars in the humanities to the urgency of interdisciplinary inquiry in this area, and a collection forthcoming with the University of Chicago Press, Con/texts of Invention, will extend the audience for interdisciplinary approaches to IP to the sciences and technology. In a new initiative, I am collaborating with an international group of scholars from across the disciplines to develop a scholarly society devoted to the history and theory of intellectual property (ISHTIP). The organization will foster, coordinate, and disseminate historical, theoretical and ethnographic research on the diverse mechanisms that have been devised and continue to be devised to “manage” the production and exchange of information. Aside from sponsoring an annual conference or workshop, the society will live strictly virtually – i.e., through a website designed to support a spectrum of activities including the posting and discussion of work in progress, a searchable digital library of documents in the histories of IP, bibliographies, reviews of new publications of interest, course syllabi and other teaching resources, and eventually also a peer-reviewed openaccess digital journal. As co-executive director of the society (with a professor of law at Cambridge University), I will be responsible for overseeing website design and development. To carry out this responsibility effectively I desperately need the kind of systematic, hands-on introduction to state-of-the-art digital technologies that the Freedman Fellows program is offering.

  • Freedman Fellows 2011 Announced
  • Freedman Fellows Program 2011
  • Freedman Center Fellow Program 2010
  • Freedman Fellows 2009 Announced

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