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Governing the uncommons: the cultural economies of the global commons



Contemporary Cultures and Societies seminar series

Presented by Katarina Damjanov, PhD, University of Melbourne

Contrary to their ‘commons’ status, the domains classified as the global commons in international law such as the high seas, Antarctica and outer space are uncommon entities. They lie beyond the Westphalian scheme of nation-states, do not fall into the categories of private or public property, and contain no indigenous or organic society. Drawing on Michel Foucault’s work on power and space, this paper addresses rationalities of governance behind the legal architectures of the global commons, and explores cultural economies surrounding their peculiar situation within the processes that currently restructure the formations of nations, markets and communities.

Katarina Damjanov completed her PhD in the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne where she currently teaches. Her research interests revolve around considerations of political-economic and socio-cultural issues relating to the idea of the commons, and the global commons in particular. She is currently working on a project on media materialities in outer space.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012 | 5.15 - 7.00pm

Faculty Function Room, Fifth Floor, John Medley Building

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Registration opens on Thursday, 1 March and closes on Wednesday, 16 May 2012.

Contact Erin Eades in the School of Social and Political Scinces at or 8344 6564.

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