Piracy + Capitalism

A discussion of the long and troubled history of piracy’s relationship to capitalist frameworks of ownership, authorship, access, infrastructure, sharing, saving, and theft from the perspectives of anthropology, architecture, media industries, archives, and literature. 


Likely topics include piracy and libraries, piracy and racialized capitalism, piracy and cultural imperialism in the Global south, and piracy and resistance to Global North capitalist hegemony.


Panelists /

Alexander Dent is Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at George Washington University.

Keller Easterling is an architect, writer and Professor of Architecture at Yale University.

Jennifer Holt is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara.

Brewster Kahle is the founder of the Internet Archive.

Elleza Kelley is a Ph.D candidate in English at Columbia University.


Moderated by Abigail De Kosnik, Associate Professor in the Berkeley Center for New Media and the department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies at University of California, Berkeley.

Kavita Philip will join for the Q&A.