Submission Deadline – October 31, 2016

Broadly considered, critical race IP brings together two strands of scholarship: critical race theory and IP. Scholarship in critical race IP, which engages a variety of topics and texts, focuses on questions which thematically examine the relationship between race and racial formation and the study of copyrights, trademarks, patents, rights of publicity and trade secrets. Issues such as the trademarking of #BlackLivesMatter, the creation of race-based patents, the deployment of rhetorics of piracy demonstrate that race and IP intersect in important and complex ways. Regardless of their chosen topic of study, Race IP Crits do work which implicates thematic questions such as:


For full consideration, please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words of the proposed submission with your name, position, and affiliation to We welcome submissions in the form of videos, podcasts, and other non-paper formats, and from participants at all stages in their careers. Junior faculty members and graduate students that indicate their positions on their submissions will be considered for slots set aside for emerging scholars. All abstracts must be received by October 31, 2016.

Accepted participants will be expected to circulate completed submission (approximately 8,500 words in case of papers) by March 15, 2017 so that they may be distributed to moderators and panelists. Submissions must be original and unpublished (not in print at the time of the conference). A selection of conference papers will be published in an edited collection which outlines the theoretical investments, aims, methods, and directions of study of critical race IP.

Please feel free to email the organizers with abstracts or questions:

We look forward to seeing you in April 2017!

The Race + IP conference organizing committee:
Anjali Vats, Boston College
Deidre Keller, Ohio Northern University
Jessica Silbey, Northeastern University
Amit Basole, University of Massachusetts, Boston