On Tuesday, 15. December at 6PM Dr. Kavita Philip will give the closing lecture for the fall semester ECAM Graduate School public programme.

Kavita Philip holds the President’s Excellence Chair in Network Cultures at The University of British Columbia, and is Professor of History and (by courtesy) Informatics at the University of California, Irvine. Prof Philip will speak of the way her interests in nature are refracted through more recent events in legal history such as the rise of intellectual property rights and the demands of various publics to have open access to knowledge about nature.

Kavita Philip has published widely on technoscience and notions of nature and civilization, with a focus on race and postcolonial relationships, as well as intellectual property. Her research into genealogies of colonialism and neoliberalism acknowledges the intertwined material and social contexts of cultural production. Kavita Philip is author of Civilizing Natures (Rutgers University Press), and co-editor of five volumes curating interdisciplinary work in radical history, political science, art, activism, gender, and public policy. Her forthcoming books include Studies in Unauthorized Reproduction: The Pirate Function and Decolonization (Philip, forthcoming, MIT Press) and Your Computer is on Fire (eds. Mullaney, Hicks, Peters, Philip; in press MIT Press 2021). She has a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell, an M.S. in Physics from the University of Iowa, and a B.Sc. in Physics (with Chemistry and Mathematics minors) from Stella Maris College India.

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