Monday, October 26, 2009
Two papers I have been working on for quite some time will appear in the beginning of next year in the International Journal of Cultural Property and the Journal of World Trade respectively. The first one is the result of one strand of my research devoted to the possibilities that digital media technologies offer for the protection and promotion of traditional cultural expressions. The second paper is a sort of a culmination of a series of papers and a four-year-research in the field of trade and culture, and the various ways the goal of cultural diversity can be protected at the international level. It is a critical account of the politics and the extremely strong path dependencies in the domains of trade and culture policies and law, and the very few attempts for a meaningful dialogue. I argue at the same time that digital media may offer a suitable way for reconciling the values of trade and culture, of economic and non-economic regulatory objectives.