Thursday, September 28, 2006

CFP: Indigenous Knowledge conference - Information Ethics Roundtable 2007

CFP: Indigenous Knowledge conference - Information Ethics Roundtable 2007

Indigenous Knowledge and Cultural Property:
The Ethics of Cultural and Environmental Sovereignty and Stewardship

University of Arizona
March 23-25, 2007

The Information Ethics Roundtable will hold its Fifth Annual Meeting at the University of Arizona, March 23-25, 2007. Every year the roundtable brings together researchers from several different disciplines (e. g., philosophy, library and information science, communications, public administration, anthropology, law) to discuss the ethical issues surrounding access to information, information privacy, intellectual property, intellectual freedom, and censorship.

The theme of this year's meeting is Indigenous Knowledge and Cultural Property. Possible topics include: the rights of indigenous peoples to control knowledge that they have discovered or created (e.g., traditional medicines, native symbols, songs, rituals); the rights of indigenous peoples to control information about themselves; the ethical dimensions of gathering information about and from indigenous peoples (e.g. through anthropological, biological, or historical research); the relevance of standard justifications for limiting information access, such as secrecy, privacy, and intellectual property, to questions of indigenous cultural property; the implications of environmental ethics in relation to questions of indigenous knowledge and cultural property; how control over physical artifacts of indigenous peoples can have an impact on the discovery and dissemination of knowledge and information; indigenous information stewardship and information professionals (e.g., librarians, archivists, museum directors).

Those wishing to present their research at this conference should submit an extended abstract of 1000-1200 words excluding notes and references and prepared for blind review. Abstracts should be in rtf or word document format and should be sent as an attachment to Deadline for abstracts is December 1, 2006. Authors will be informed whether their papers are accepted by January 1, 2006. For further information about the Roundtable, see our website at