Geek Law

2010 – Edinburgh

GikII V, The Voyage Home
28-29 June 2010
John McIntyre Conference Centre
Edinburgh

Call for Papers

GikII returns to its place of birth for its Fifth Edition. GikII is a workshop concerned with exploring the legal interaction between popular culture, speculative fiction, and new technologies. It has been described unimaginatively as trail-blazing, innovative, fun and informative. We like to think of GikII as the legal workshop equivalent of a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster, in other words, it is “like having your brain smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick”. GikII is where the bravest, fun-est (not to be confused with funniest) and zaniest ideas about law and technologies are discussed. In some instances we explore technologies so new that in fact there is not even a term to describe them, while some other times we have discussed technologies long gone. We only ask that you are imaginative and think of your fellow travellers instead of yourself. GikII is all about giving legal scholars the opportunity to engage in blue skies thinking (variations of the visible electromagnetic radiation spectrum may occur depending on which planet you may currently inhabit). If you have a paper that is languishing at the bottom of your hard drive and is crying out to see the light of a USB stick, GikII is the place for you. We laugh in the face of tradition and make rude comments about scholarly convention.

Application process

Please send an abstract not exceeding 500 words to Professor Lilian Edwards (Lilian.Edwards@sheffield.ac.uk) or Mr Andres Guadamuz (a.guadamuz@ed.ac.uk). The deadline for submissions is April 15 2010, and please bear in mind that we do not hold with the Adamsian theory of deadlines (“they make a pleasing whooshing sound as they go by”). We will try to have them approved and confirmed as soon as possible so that you can organise the necessary travel and accommodation.   

Registration

As with previous years, GikII is free of charge, and therefore there are limited spaces available, so please make sure you submit your paper early. Priority is always given to speakers, but there are some limited spaces available for students and non-speakers. Registration will be open shortly.

Final programme (uncertainty principle permitting)

Sunday 27 June

18.00-onwards. Social event (because geeks have social lives too)
UK premiere of Kembrew Mcleod’s “Copyright Criminals
Ethanol and a chance to engage in social interaction with other members of the Homo Sapiens Sapiens species available at the bar for those not interested in copyright law. Homo Saurians and Homo Sapiens Neanderthalensis… you’re on your own).
Venue: Brass Monkey

Monday 28 June

09:30-5.30 Day One

9.00 Registration
9.30 Introduction

9.45-11.15
Cloudy with a Chance of Legal Issues? Augmented and clouded platforms (Chair Lilian Edwards)

11.15 Coffee

11.30-13.15 We.Vote, You.Gov, She.Lurks? Social networks, politics, participation (Chair Miranda Mowbray)

13.15-14.00 LUNCH

14.00-14.20 Apres lunch entertainment: Ray Corrigan – Maths for the Terrified (and lawyers)

14.20pm-15.40 Rip, mix, share, tweet?: Current IP/ Music Issues (Chair Caroline Wilson)

15.40 Tea

16.00-17.30 pm Crime and Punishment Privacy (Chair Judith Rauhofer)

19:30 Sponsored conference diner.
The Apex City Hotel, 61 Grassmarket, EH1 2JF

Tuesday 29 June

9.30-11.00 Just Google It, Already! (Chair Andres Guadamuz)

11.00 Coffee

11.15-13.00 Just Artistic Temperament? IP law and theory (Chair Daithi Macsithigh)

13.00 Lunch

2.15-16.00 One World is Not Enough: law and the virtual / game (Chair Andrea Matwyshyn)

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