DepositCopyright in China’s digital cultural industries

This chapter explores how and why copyright’s role is expanding and changing in China, focusing on recent developments in digital content markets. It considers the impact of uneven media sector reform processes on the emergence of ‘born digital’ copyright industries in China. There are signs that the commercial benefits of copyright compliance are beginning to outweigh the advantages of operating outside the intellectual property system for many Chinese stakeholders. We argue that these developments – in particular the emergence of widespread exclusive licensing practices – signal a watershed moment for China’s cultural and creative industries, highlighting the potential for digital technology to create new markets for legitimate content and services, as well as the importance of global dynamics in the development of digital era copyright industries.

DepositDigital Cultural Mapping: Transformative Scholarship and Teaching in the Geospatial Humanities

“Digital Cultural Mapping: Transformative Scholarship in the Geospatial Humanities” is a proposal for a three-week summer institute at UCLA for an interdisciplinary group of 12 humanities scholars and advanced graduate students to learn how to develop innovative publications and courses that harness the theoretical and practical approaches of the “geospatial humanities.” Situated at the intersection of critical cartography and information visualization, the Institute will combine a survey of the state of the art in interoperable geospatial tools and publication models, with hands-on, studio-based training in how to integrate GIS data into humanities scholarship, develop robust spatial visualizations, and deploy a suite of mapping tools in the service of creating publication- ready research articles and short monographs. The Institute will culminate in an “impact and evaluation” seminar of these publications with representatives from major university presses and journals.

MemberLaura A. Shackelford

My research examines and exploits the comparative perspective post-World War II literary texts, in print or digital media, provide on digital cultures. I study literary encounters with digital cultures in a variety of media – print fiction, electronic literatures, digital games, graphic novels, and film. I’m particularly interested in how such experimental, cross-media literary and artistic practices, in experimenting with narrative and digital textualities and poetics, register and creatively and critically reflect on contemporary digital cultures, information and systems sciences, and computation-based technologies in the U.S. My research draws on feminist science studies and systems’ theoretical methods.