Call for Papers: Seventh Annual IP Mosaic Conference



Event Date: 

10/21/21 to 10/23/21

Location name: 

Saint Paul, MN


Mitchell Hamline University School of Law

Since 2014, IIPSJ has sponsored the IP Mosaic Conference, a peripatetic scholarly forum in which legal scholars and policy and social activists present and develop progressive theses in the field of IP Social Justice. Through the Mosaic Conference, IIPSJ collaborates with a law school host to provide a venue in which to explore the social ordering function of IP protection in the total political economy, particularly the law’s social justice obligations in promoting human rights and actualization, cultural and technological progress, and self-determination and nation-building.

About the Mosaic Roundtable

Roundtable topics include equitable access to health, medicines, knowledge, and information; socially beneficial application of information technology and related advances to IP development and dissemination; legal protection for traditional and indigenous knowledge and expression; and promoting IP awareness, education, and entrepreneurial and socio-political empowerment in marginalized communities.

The Roundtable Conference is also amenable to expansion into a two day format, to accommodate plenary panels, keynote presentations, and “incubator project” and work in progress sessions.


At the IP Mosaic Conference, a diverse collective of academics, policy leaders and activists will convene to consider and critique intra and extrajudicial means of disrupting and dissecting traditional notions of IP protection. The theme of this year’s conference is IP As Protest, Change, and Empowerment. We welcome papers and projects that specifically address the intersection of intellectual property and social justice, particularly as it relates to race, gender, and other social classes, constructs, and conditions, as well as papers that address pedagogy on race and IP.

Paper & Project Abstract Submissions
Submissions of paper and project abstracts (no more than 500 words) will be accepted on a rolling basis through September 30 or until we’ve reached the conference capacity so please note that earlier submissions will receive preference. The subsequent deadline for submission of Full Papers and Works-in-Progress is October 14, 2021.
When you submit your abstract, please indicate 1- whether you want to present a Work-in-Progress or a Full Paper, and 2- whether you are amenable to commenting on a paper, project, or WIP of another participant. Submit to, with subject line “IP Mosaic Submission — [Last Name]. You may also address any questions to the Planning Board at that same email address.

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