May 16 2022

Introducing the OSI 2022 Faculty: Leti Volpp

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We are happy to announce Leti Volpp as a member of the OSI 2022 faculty! Leti Volpp is the Robert D. and Leslie Kay Raven Professor of Law and the Director of the campus-wide Center for Race and Gender at UC Berkeley, where her research focuses on questions of immigration and citizenship. She has served as a Visiting Professor affiliated with the Amerika-Institut of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, and as past Faculty for the Osnabrück Summer Institute on the Cultural Study of Law. Her honors include two Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowships, a MacArthur Foundation Individual Research and Writing Grant, the Association of American Law Schools Minority Section Derrick A. Bell, Jr., Award, and the Professor Keith Aoki Asian Pacific American Jurisprudence Award. She has served as a member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. Leti will convene a workshop with Marianne Constable on questions of Property, Migration and Belonging.

At Berkeley Volpp is also an affiliate of the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program, the Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory, the Center for the Study of Law and Society, Gender and Women’s Studies, and the Institute for European Studies.  She is a core faculty member of the Othering and Belonging LGBTQ Citizenship Cluster and the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative.

Her current research projects include examining the term “shithole countries,” thinking about abolition in the immigration context, and drafting the entry “Citizenship” for the Elgar Concise Encyclopedia of Law and Literature.  She is looking forward to returning to the OSI this summer.

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May 09 2022

Marking Ownership: Contested Properties of Cultural Production

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Cristina S. Martinez and Nora Slonimsky will convene Workshop 2 under the title “Marking Ownership: Contested Properties of Cultural Production”. The workshop will deal with questions of property, copyright and cultural production. Find out more in their introduction:

This workshop considers the many layers, meanings and effects of what it is to own works of intellectual and creative labour. We will view these complex and interwoven topics through the lenses and experiences of race and gender to better understand how legacies of contested properties in the historical past relate to our current moment. We will therefore deliberate upon how copyright has been complicit in exclusion and marginalization.Drawing on historical and contemporary debates from multiple disciplines, we also plan to evaluate how demarcations of ownership, from visual symbols and signatures to other formal and informal signifiers, establish (or destabilize) proprietary control. In addition, taking into consideration Michel Serres’s notion of the parasite, we will examine contentions of intellectual property and discuss how authors, artists, and other creators navigate, experiment and influence the legal landscape and its periphery with related concepts of appropriation, piracy, theft and inheritance through declarations, contestation or rejections of ownership.

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May 04 2022

Extended Deadline for Applications: May 15th 2022!

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We would like to inform you that the deadline for submitting abstracts for the OSI 2022, originally scheduled for 30 April 2022, has been extended by two weeks and the new deadline is 15 May 2022.

Head over to our Application page for more info!

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Apr 12 2022

Introducing the OSI 2022 Faculty: Nora Slonimsky

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We are happy to introduce Nora Slonimsky as a member of the OSI 2022 faculty!! She is the Gardiner Assistant Professor of History at Iona College, where she serves as Director of the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies.

Nora studies the history of communication and book history, political economy, and legal culture, with a particular focus on intellectual property, while her work at the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies is concerned largely with public and digital history. Her research offers new and exciting perspectives central to the interdisciplinary format of the Osnabrück Summer Institute. She will convene a workshop with Cristina S. Martinez on the intersection of intellectual property, copyright and cultural production.

Nora’s in-progress book, The Engine of Free Expression: Copyrighting the State in Early America is forthcoming with the University of Pennsylvania Press and won the Society for the History of the Early American Republic (SHEAR) prize for best manuscript. This project, along with other research in the digital humanities, is supported by the Huntington Library, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the New-York Historical Society, and the America Antiquarian Society, among others. She is also co-editing an open-access volume with Cornell University Press, “American Revolutions in the Digital Age.” Nora serves as the Social Media Editor for the Journal of the Early Republic and the reviews editor for SHARP News. You can follow her on twitter @NoraSlonimsky or check out her website,



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Apr 06 2022

Introducing the OSI 2022 Faculty: Cristina S. Martinez

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We are happy to announce Cristina S. Martinez as a member of the faculty of the OSI 2022! Cristina teaches in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa; she holds a PhD in Art History and Law from Birkbeck College, University of London, and completed a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto.

Cristina participated in OSI in 2014. Since then, she has been a regular member of the OSI faculty, joining us year after year in Osnabrück. Her work focuses on art and visual culture from the eighteenth century to the present, and she is particularly interested in graphic satire, the history of copyright law and the use of appropriation strategies in modern and contemporary art. She has presented her work at the Paul Mellon Centre for Study in British Art, Yale Law School’s library, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, the Hunterian Art Gallery in Glasgow, and before the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) in New York. She has also been invited to present her research at conferences elsewhere in France, the UK, Italy, Switzerland and Australia. Cristina will convene a workshop with Nora Slonimsky on questions of intellectual property, copyright and cultural production.

Cristina is currently completing her manuscript Art, Law and Order: The Legal Life of Artists in Eighteenth-century Britain which is to be published by Manchester University Press, and is co-editor for the forthcoming collection Female Printmakers, Printsellers and Publishers in the Eighteenth Century: The Imprint of Women in Graphic Media, 1735-1830 (under contract with Cambridge University Press). She received the prestigious Association of Print Scholars Publication Grant in recognition of this project. Continue Reading »

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