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In 2001 the Indian central government initiated the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library: a project that aims to use “technology to fill the gaps in intellectual property law” that allow the piracy of South Asian classical medicine.
In this informal seminar, Allison explores the impetus behind the Digital Library, as well as the specific translational structure of this online archive as it pertains to both Ayurveda and Yoga. She is interested in understanding how particular acts come to be perceived of as permissible and well-justified appropriations of South Asian culture, whereas others are deemed unethical.
Allison also asks what social processes are at play that allow certain corporate actors (e.g., the Indian state) to be recognized as legitimate authors and holders of proprietary interests in South Asian classical medicine, whereas, others (e.g., private individuals and entities) are labeled as cultural pirates?
About the Speaker
Allison Fish is an assistant professor of Informatics at Indiana University Bloomington. She obtained a PhD in anthropology and has advanced degrees in law and public administration. Her core research uses ethnographic methodologies to investigate the cultural logics, legal forms, and technological infrastructures that guide knowledge management practices. To date she has worked primarily in the United States and India.