Bridging Race + IP: The Challenges and Potential of Utilizing Transdisciplinary Methods to Undo the Unbearable Whiteness of Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property Research, Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2020, edited by Irene Calboli and Maria Lilla Montagnani

13 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2019 Last revised: 1 Nov 2021

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Deidre A. Keller

Florida A & M University College of Law

Anjali Vats

University of Pittsburgh - School of Law; University of Pittsburgh - Department of Communication

Date Written: July 29, 2019

Abstract

In this book chapter, we engage the storytelling methodology that Derrick Bell, Richard Delgado and other critical race theorists use to explore the concepts of interdisciplinarity and intersectionality and take up critical race theory, ethnic studies, and race studies as potential lenses for inquiry in this space. In so doing, we suggest that the law & economics frame which predominates in doctrinal intellectual property scholarship is insufficient to the task of rendering transparent the racial investments in intellectual property law. Our aim is to suggest ways scholars interested in the field might go about framing research questions, structuring research plans, and engaging existing work in the field.

Keywords: intellectual property, methodology, critical legal studies, critical theory

Suggested Citation

Keller, Deidre A. and Vats, Anjali, Bridging Race + IP: The Challenges and Potential of Utilizing Transdisciplinary Methods to Undo the Unbearable Whiteness of Intellectual Property (July 29, 2019). Intellectual Property Research, Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2020, edited by Irene Calboli and Maria Lilla Montagnani , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3434591 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3434591

Deidre A. Keller (Contact Author)

Florida A & M University College of Law ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://law.famu.edu

Anjali Vats

University of Pittsburgh - School of Law ( email )

3900 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States

University of Pittsburgh - Department of Communication

135 N Bellefield Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States

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