Graduate Student Paper Prize

The Stanford Center for Law and History invites paper submissions from graduate students for its third annual conference. The conference will seek to explore aspects of how creative, scientific, technology  and innovation-based communities have organized and negotiated their intellectual property relationships from historical perspectives. The one-day conference will be held on Friday, May 8, 2020, at Stanford Law School. It will include three panels and a keynote session featuring scholars investigating ways that stakeholders have historically resisted, adapted, adopted, or rejected intellectual property law in their practices. Areas of possible interest include:

  • How science and technology stakeholders have designed industry structures in the absence of, or in response to, intellectual property law for pragmatic and/or advantageous purposes;

  • Historical interactions between labor unions, guilds, associations, or particular labor groups and intellectual property law. To what extent have these organizations adopted, adapted, or resisted intellectual property law?; and

  • How intellectual property stakeholders in creative communities have historically organized the space between authors and audiences. How, for example, has relational contracting, bargaining power, issues of cultural appropriation shaped the development of industry norms? How has race, gender, sexual orientation, class and disability, historically informed these issues?

SCLH’s goal is to bring together faculty, postdocs, and students for workshops, conferences, and lectures examining the relationships between law and history, broadly defined. With these goals in mind we encourage submissions from scholars working across disciplines including law, history, the sciences, humanities, law and society, law and literature, anthropology, economics, visual and performing arts, social sciences, media and communications. International, comparative, and US perspectives are all encouraged. 

The conference organizers will select one graduate student as the winner of the SCLH Graduate Student Paper Prize. This student will present on one of the three panels exploring the relationship between law, history, creativity, and innovation. Funding for travel and housing will be provided.

The application deadline is Sunday, December 1, 2019. Please direct any questions to


  • The application is due December 1, 2019.

    • • CV
    • • 500 word paper abstract
    • • Briefly describe (75 words or less) how your paper fits the themes outlined above.
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