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The Humanities Conference 2003

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Globalization, Cultural Diversity, and Intellectual Property

Malcolm Hayward.

Globalization represents as obvious a threat to cultural as to economic diversity. The substantial broadening, in the last decade, of intellectual property rights and the rise of transnational corporations in the fields of communication and publishing have had two effects. First, they have begun the transfer of ownership of cultures from the indigenous populations to the corporation. Second, through such ownership, a single culture can be marketed to the world, making cultural difference at best a selling point and at worst irrelevant. Yet this is at a time when art and literature have turned for subjects and themes best characterized as local. This movement suggests opportunities for political, economic, and cultural resistance to globalization.


Malcolm Hayward  (United States)
Department of English
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

I specialize in literary theory and cultural studies, particularly in relation to the Middle East.

  • Globalization
  • Intellectual Property
  • Multi-nationals
  • Diversity

(30 min Conference Paper, English)