You may think it's clear what it means to own an object or a plot of land, or even (a little more intangibly) a piece of intellectual property, like a book you've written. But it's not actually as much of a consensus as you might assume, and the question of what property means and who has a right to it will get you a different answer depending on which culture you're asking.
Dr Saskia Vermeylen is one of a small number of experts in the world focusing on the next frontiers in property, from outer space to microbes to the deep sea, while her work as a legal anthropologist has led her to explore attitudes to ownership in cultures all over the globe. Saskia joins us in The Garden to look at ideas of property and ownership through the lens of Indigenous, African and non-liberal Western theory.Read more
It’s always good to question what we think we know. The Rethinking Collection is a series of Garden Talks by world experts that reexamine the ideas and events that have shaped and continue to shape our world.
1 Rethinking Serendipity: How is luck created?
2 Did Jesus answer fan mail?
3 Why is a computer not a good analogy for the brain?
4 Which mathematical challenges will shape the 21st Century?
5 Why are our universities getting whiter?
6 Intro to Catherine de Medici: Why do we love to hate a woman in power?
7 How do the stories we tell shape who we are?
8 How do cultures around the world think about property and ownership?
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